Steelhead Falls Rapid

About Steelhead Falls

After passing through Husum Falls, the Lower and Lower Lower Salmon begins, which is mostly Class II-III but features one major Class V known as Steelhead Falls. This rapid is tricky to portage and can be trickier to run. Some boaters elect to take the portage versus risking carnage here.

The main feature to watch out for here is the massive hole in the center of the river. You’ll want to choose early whether to go left or right here but definitely stay out of the meat. Below this rapid begins the Narrows stretch of the Lower Lower White Salmon River, which offers some fun whitewater action through a narrow gorge. You might consider setting safety below Steelhead Falls to avoid a long swim through this section.