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The Hatchery

At: Washington, United States
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The Spring Creek Fish Hatchery (known as The Hatchery or The Hatch) is the premier windsurfing location in The Gorge.  Located on the most consistently windy stretch of the river it is home to big swells and small sails.  Very popular on windy days, parking can be tough if you don't arrive early although there is a small overflow lot across Hwy 14 from the main parking area.

Newcomers should avoid launching at 'the point' which is the rocky promontory  at the west end of the park and should consider launching farther east where the current is less, the crowd is lighter and the launch is a little easier.  Farthest west is 'the cove' which is a small gravel beach somewhat protected from the wind and offers the easiest launching experience.


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