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White Salmon River, Hood River

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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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  • My husband and I had an awesome time! The water is definitely as cold as they tell you it is- so just make sure to wear all the gear they suggest you to wear. The guides are a lot of fun and very know...  more »
  • We booked with River drifters and could not be more pleased! First they start higher up than any other company so you get some great rapids. Our guide was Cody he was wonderful, explained all the safe...  more »
  • A large group of us decided to spend the day on the river. Our guide, Keenan, was very experienced and made sure we had a fun time. Definitely recommend him!  more »

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