Proposed Destination Resort

The proposed Broughton Landing site on Highway 14 in Washington, across the Columbia River from Hood River, OR.

In April of 2008, the Columbia River Gorge Commission amended the Gorge-wide management plan to allow a private housing development with at least 245 residential units on the banks of the Columbia River, the largest development allowed since the creation of the National Scenic Area in 1986. The plan amendment will apply to a former mill site owned by Broughton Lumber Company, just west of White Salmon, Washington and adjacent to an internationally renowned windsurfing site and a state park.

The following September, a coalition of thirty-one parties, including landowners and environmental groups, appealed new rules that would allow the first destination resort ever constructed within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The Oregon Court of Appeals rejected the coalition's challenge to the Gorge Commission’s amendments to the Management Plan, but there are several steps required before the project may move forward. Friends will stay involved in any further proceedings involving the proposed resort.

For more information please contact Field Representative Peter Cornelison at peter@gorgefriends.org.