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White Salmon River Rafting Guide
The White Salmon River originates in the Mount Adams Wilderness. It flows for 44 miles before joining the Columbia River. The primary run is made up of exciting, accessible whitewater. If you’re in the area, and you’re a boater, we strongly recommend a visit to this section. At high flows the run is fast and big. At lower flows, the water is beautifully clear and the rapids are still exciting. This stretch is filled with consistent intermediate whitewater, capped of with Husum Falls, the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the United States. In 2011, the Condit Dam was removed, which resulted in the White Salmon River running freely from source to the Columbia River. Check out this awesome video of the demolition of the Condit Dam.
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Middle White Salmon – Class II, III & IV
The “Middle” section, typically referred to as simply the White Salmon is the most popular section rafted on the White Salmon.
Lower White Salmon – Class II & III
The “Lower” section continues on just below Husum Falls, and is considered to be beginner/intermediate.
Lower Lower White Salmon – Class II, III, & V
The “Lower Lower” or “Bottom” is the section below Northwest Park. The White Salmon River constricts into a very narrow gorge called “The Narrows”. Be advised there is a Class V known as Steelhead Falls, so be on your toes if you continue on past Northwest Park. This stretch takes you all the way to the confluence with the Columbia River. This section was submerged under Northwest Lake for nearly 100 years until the Condit Dam was removed in 2011. The recreational and environmental benefits of this dam removal have become a landmark example used to promote dam removal around the Northwest.