Koberg Beach

Colombia River Gorge

Koberg Beach

Hood River, Oregon 97031, United States

Created By: University of Virginia


One of our favorite beach hangout spots in the summertime was Koberg Beach. It was our favorite because it wasn't so crowded as the main waterfront since it was a short drive away, and it also had cliffs to jump off of into the water. I remember there were also often wooden platforms that were build out from the cliff face that were visible from the beach, and that sometimes we would swim out to -- these were platforms for fishing. There were also fishnets floating from makeshift buoys out a little ways from the beach, so we couldn't swim too far, and there were also certain times where the beach was closed because people from the reservations were putting in the nets -- and we often bought our fish from them.

Fishing culture was and still is extremely important to the native people. To catch salmon, they used nets or darts. The nets were made of nettle fibers, and the darts were made of two pieces of curved bone bound by an iron point. They also fished for sturgeon with either a net or a hook. The hooks were made of iron and bound with cord of nettle, and spaced out on a line made of bark. They attatched a rock to the end of the line and threw it across the river with a buoy at the other end, and they baited them with smaller fish. Chinook Fishing, ca. 1810 | Excerpt - PUBLIC HISTORY PDX

Overall. Chinook ate many fish such as salmon, sturgeon, steelhead trout, eulachon and herring. They then often preserved their fish by drying it and pounding it into a powder. Chinook Salmon - National Maritime Historical Society (seahistory.org)


This point of interest is part of the tour: Colombia River Gorge


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