What to do in Koberg Beach State Recreation Site

Once upon a time — from about 1915 to about 1950 — a giant wonderful dance hall and outdoor resort existed at Koberg Beach. When the town of Hood River wanted to cool off or go ballroom dancing to the sounds of a swing orchestra, they went to Koberg Beach. Eventually, the ballroom and the beach had to make way for the rising Columbia River when hydroelectric dams were constructed. For a complete view of the way it was, go see the Koberg Beach exhibit at the Hood River County Museum in Hood River.

Today, Koberg Beach is a wayside that serves busy westbound motorists on I-84 with a restroom and a stretch break. An enjoyable beach lies behind the great rock which screens its recreational access from the busy freeway.

Vital stats: There is no fee to use this park.

Recreation
Koberg Beach offers a site for picnicking, fishing, beach access and windsurfing.

Location
Koberg Beach is located along I-84, 3 miles east of Hood River. It is accessible from the eastbound lanes only.

Climate
Climate in this region changes drastically with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as heavy snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long. Late spring, summer and early autumn bring the best chance for clear, sunny days and bring moderate temperatures.

Address
1115 Commercial Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-1002

Phone: 800-551-6949

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