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Action Teams

Car-Free Visitor Transportation

Focused on creative ways to reduce congestion and parking pain throughout the Gorge.

Culinary + Agritourism

Focused on celebrating local food and the farms who grow it, the producers who transform it, and the restaurants who serve it.


Highlighting the history and unique stories that are only found here.

Outdoor Recreation

The Gorge is a recreation mecca. This team helps to develop and enhance these experiences while protecting the natural resources from their impact.


Focused on clarifying issues and identifying solutions around justice, diversity equity, and inclusion in the visitor experience in the Gorge.

Visitor Dispersal

Spreading the love by direct the flow of visitors away from hot spots and towards the lesser known, yet to be discovered highlights and experiences.

Climate Change

Advocating for climate change awareness and reducing the impact that the tourism economy has had on our local environment.


Protecting the quality of life of our local residents who make tourism possible through advocating a living wage and affordable housing.

Our Partners


Kristin Dahl

Board Chair | Crosscurrent Collective

Kieron Wilde

Board Vice Chair | First Nature Tours

Amy Behrens

Board Treasurer | Maryhill Museum of Art

Terra Lingley

Board Secretary | Oregon Department of Transportation

Brian Mullis

Strategy | Destination Sustainability

Katie Kadlub

Strategy | Visit Hood River

Judy Bair

Columbia Gorge Visitors Magazine

David Duncan

Gray Line Tours

Stephen Elgart

US Forest Service

Kathy Fitzpatrick

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District

Buck Jones

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Lizzie Keenan

Mt. Hood - Gorge Regional Destination Management Organization

Renee Tkach

Friends of the Gorge

Tammara Tippell

Mt Adams Chamber

Amy Weissfeld

Gorge Commission

Emily Reed


Latest news

Annual Planning Meeting | Nov 16, 2023

We are inviting you to the Annual Planning Meeting on November 16, 2023! Join other businesses, agencies and organizations who work with visitors to come together and visualize the next […]

Gorge Visitor Resources 2023

We have updated our one-page cheat sheet for anyone who works with visitors in the Gorge. It gives all the info for helping us disperse & educate to protect the […]

Gorge Tourism Summit 2023

Gorge Tourism Summit May 3, 2023 Discovery Center SCHEDULE 8:00 – 8:30am  Check In + Coffee Add your materials to the info table, mingle 8:30 – 9:00am  WELCOME Explore The […]

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Millions Spent By Visitors In The Gorge
Local Tourism Jobs


“Collaboration is really important. Through that collaboration we’ve come up with some really great ideas. Having a unified voice is a benefit.”

-Stan Hinatsu, U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service

“My organization is starting to see the potential for our rural town and have taken key elements (like a 15 year vision) and are currently working on them to be developed.”

-Sofia Urrita-Lopez, Cascade Locks Tourism

Cascade Locks Tourism

“From my standpoint, being in this job 18 years, I’ve seen a lot of public planning processes on the local, state and federal levels and this is one of the better ones for the people who are participating to engage, interact, create and own, and then implement! Very effective.”

-Kevin Gorman, Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Friends of the Columbia Gorge

“The message that culture and history matter in the Columbia Gorge is important. What has been missing from our perspective is the story of the Columbia River – there is culture and heritage here, so let’s honor that legacy.”

– Colin Fogarty, Confluence