Indian Creek at Union Avenue

Hood River, Oregon

Indian Creek is not quite big enough to have any true swimming holes, but if you are in the Hood River Heights on a hot day it's a nice place to duck into the shady woods and enjoy this rippling creek. There is a hiking trail that follows the creek both upstream and down from this access point. Indian Creek has had recurrent E.coli issues, so check the Swim Guide before dipping your toes in the water or splashing around. To get to the creek, cross the field at Union Ave and look for a small trail leading into the woods. Please don't forget to pack out anything you bring in.
In the past, this site has been monitored by volunteers with Columbia Riverkeeper's Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program. If you are interested in adopting this site contact Columbia Riverkeeper (www.columbiariverkeeper.org).

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Columbia Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
5°C
Clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Indian Creek at Union Avenue is sampled weekly from June 10th to September 20th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Oregon state water quality standard provides that a single sample shall not exceed 406 E.coli colonies/100 mL of water and the geometric mean of 5 samples within 30 days shall not exceed 126 colonies/100 mL. The EPA recommended standard is more protective and provides that a single sample shall not exceed 235 colonies/100mL and the geometric mean of 5 samples within 30 days shall not exceed 126 colonies/100mL.

The Swim Guide will utilize the EPA standard for Oregon beaches.

There is currently very limited water quality monitoring of Oregon's inland swim beaches. The federal Beach Act does not cover freshwater or riverine beaches, and the state of Oregon does not monitor swim beaches or recreation sites on the Columbia. Columbia Riverkeeper monitors recreation sites in the Columbia River Gorge through their Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program. Most sites are sampled monthly and high priority sites are sampled weekly from June-September.

The Swim Guide's safety ratings are based solely on E.coli levels. While E.coli concentration is a useful indicator of fecal contamination, there are many other potential sources of pollution that are not reflected in the Swim Guide. These include other bacteria, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides that may harm aquatic life. On the Columbia and other salmon rivers, high temperatures threaten fish that need cold water. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about the Columbia River, visit www.columbiariverkeeper.org.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Indian Creek at Union Avenue

Hood River, Oregon

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Columbia Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
5°C
Clear

Indian Creek is not quite big enough to have any true swimming holes, but if you are in the Hood River Heights on a hot day it's a nice place to duck into the shady woods and enjoy this rippling creek. There is a hiking trail that follows the creek both upstream and down from this access point. Indian Creek has had recurrent E.coli issues, so check the Swim Guide before dipping your toes in the water or splashing around. To get to the creek, cross the field at Union Ave and look for a small trail leading into the woods. Please don't forget to pack out anything you bring in.
In the past, this site has been monitored by volunteers with Columbia Riverkeeper's Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program. If you are interested in adopting this site contact Columbia Riverkeeper (www.columbiariverkeeper.org).

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Indian Creek at Union Avenue is sampled weekly from June 10th to September 20th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Oregon state water quality standard provides that a single sample shall not exceed 406 E.coli colonies/100 mL of water and the geometric mean of 5 samples within 30 days shall not exceed 126 colonies/100 mL. The EPA recommended standard is more protective and provides that a single sample shall not exceed 235 colonies/100mL and the geometric mean of 5 samples within 30 days shall not exceed 126 colonies/100mL.

The Swim Guide will utilize the EPA standard for Oregon beaches.

There is currently very limited water quality monitoring of Oregon's inland swim beaches. The federal Beach Act does not cover freshwater or riverine beaches, and the state of Oregon does not monitor swim beaches or recreation sites on the Columbia. Columbia Riverkeeper monitors recreation sites in the Columbia River Gorge through their Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program. Most sites are sampled monthly and high priority sites are sampled weekly from June-September.

The Swim Guide's safety ratings are based solely on E.coli levels. While E.coli concentration is a useful indicator of fecal contamination, there are many other potential sources of pollution that are not reflected in the Swim Guide. These include other bacteria, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides that may harm aquatic life. On the Columbia and other salmon rivers, high temperatures threaten fish that need cold water. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about the Columbia River, visit www.columbiariverkeeper.org.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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