Who Are We?

Drawn to the easy access to world class outdoor activities, adventure athletes and outdoor enthusiasts flock to Hood River, Oregon where the Kayak Shed acts as headquarters.

The image above tells it all. Its taken from from the north side of the Columbia River looking directly at Hood River with Mount Hood in the back ground. We are a town of active outdoors people located  in a crucible of an out door mecca. Drawing from that pool we simmer it down to the most passionate kayakers focused on making your water adventures the best they can be.

The dedicated and passionate staff at the Kayak Shed are not just there to help out, they are happy to.  Their knowledge is experience based as they are athletes and outdoor lovers themselves, testing new gear and equipment every chance they get. They may even try to convince you to take their place in the shop if you stop in following a big rain (when the rivers are pumping) or on a bluebird powder day.  They love gear, love using it, and are excited to talk about it if you give them the chance.

This great culture of the Kayak Shed is easy to understand once you meet owner and head adventurer John Hart.  John encourages his employees to get down and dirty with the products in the shop so they can offer the best guidance and advice to those who seek it.  If he is not in his office making customer’s days he can be found on the river, mountain or trail with a big ol’ grin.

Why are we awesome?


We are here for you. We have been in business for over 15 years and LOVE what we do.  You dont saty in business if you dont take care of your customers and we love our customers. Check out our FAQ page, Buyer’s Guides, or give us a call. We are happy to help!


Our mission is to help our customers find the best gear for their adventures, Get it to them fast. While making sure they are 100% satisfied with the service as well as product they have received. Bam! We are there for you period.


We are inspired daily by the beautiful back yard playground we have, the Columbia River Gorge. White Water Kayaking, Flat Water Kayaking, Kayak Fishing, Mountain biking, Skiing, …. the list goes on… Hood River has it all and we are absolutely inspired from what we have right out our back door. Thank you Mother Nature!


Our foundation rests in all aspects of Kayaking. In fact at any time you are as likely to find us on the phone helping out our customers as you are to find us on the many rivers, lakes, streams, bays, oceans and water ways of the Pacific North West. Check out our Blog, Youtube, Facebook, Pinterest , Google Plus, and see for your self just how much we love the sport and outdoors!

What can we do for you?

You have an idea of what you want to do? Maybe a customized Kayak? Or something to make your next adventure amazing? Call us, email us what you are thinking about. Our experts will find a solution. We have customized tons of Kayaks, figured out lots of solutions to fit every customers needs. Give us a shot and let us help! Customerservice@kayakshed.com, or 877-725-2925.

Our Amazing Team

Customer Service Specialist

With  years experence in the outdoor industry Reeds goal it to make sure you are happy with your experiance with the Kayak Shed. No mater the day you can always find Reed ready to help with a smile. Could not ask for a more loyal and dedicated Customer Service Representative.

Service, Sales, Problem solver

Justin has travled the world in search of the best river to kayak. To say he is passionate about Kayaking is an understatement. He moved to Hood River for our many rivers. Justin is amazing at helping you find the right product or solving any problem you may have.

Customer Service Specialist

Jake should work for youtube! He is constantly out on the water paddling off waterfalls and looking to find that perfect drop. We could not be luckier to have Jake working with us at the Kayak Shed. He brings so much stoke and willingness to help out all of our customers he has a great gift for service.

Kayak Fishing Specialist

If you don’t hear back from Langston immediately, hes gotta be out fishing. That’s just what he does. He is a fisherman. Kayak Fisherman. You have any questions about the sport, how to outfit or customize your kayak? Langston is your guy. He loves to fish but ask anyone he loves to help others get out on the water even more than getting out himself.

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