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White Salmon River, Hood River

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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The White Salmon River is a 44mi tributary of the Columbia River in the U.S. state of Washington. Originating on the slopes of Mount Adams, it flows into the Columbia Gorge near the community of Underwood. Parts of the river have been designated Wild and Scenic. The principal tributaries of the White Salmon River include Trout Lake and Buck, Mill, Dry, Gilmer, and Rattlesnake Creeks.Wild and ScenicIn 1986, the lower White Salmon River was designated Wild and Scenic between Gilmer Creek and Buck Creek. In 2005, the upper river between the headwaters and the boundary of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest was added to the designation. The two reaches, which are not contiguous, total 27.7mi, of which 6.7mi are "wild" and 22.3mi are "scenic."RecreationThe White Salmon River is used for whitewater boating nearly year-round. A popular spot to launch a raft or kayak is the public put-in at the unincorporated community of BZ Corner. The day-use area at the put-in includes parking, restrooms, and toilets. Guided whitewater trips can be arranged with commercial outfitters with special-use permits for the White Salmon.Condit Dam demolitionOn October 26, 2011, the Condit Dam on the White Salmon River was intentionally breached as part of the dam's decommissioning by PacifiCorp. The breach allowed the river to flow unimpeded for the first time in nearly a century.
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  • We stood on the bridge watching for rafters and then made our way down to the river for a short hike. There was plenty of parking and even a restroom facility at the boat launch area (at BZ Corner). W...  read more »
  • Wow, this should be on everyone's bucket list. All Adventures is the company I went with. The rapids were mostly 3's a few 4's and one 5. THe day was magnificient, cool, sprinkling and sunny. The guid...  read more »
  • The hubby and I rafted the White Salmon in our trip to the Columbia Gorge. This is a beautiful river... and we hang out at A LOT of rivers. Definitely check this out if you have the time, very much wo...  read more »
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