"Your entire staff was not only professional, on top of everything, accommodating, and really courteous.... a huge THANKS for a FANTASTIC White Salmon River Trip!"

− Gary - White Salmon River Trip

"A Huge Thank You to You and your Guides for a Fantastic Trip.... We had some first time rafters and they ALL had a BLAST! "

− Stephanie - White Salmon River Trip

"I want to tell you he is an excellent guide and one I would recommend to anyone want to raft with your company!"

− Melody - White Salmon River Trip
Rafting the White Salmon River is one of the best-kept recreation secrets of the northwest! The White Salmon River is located only 90 minutes from the Portland/Vancouver area. This river offers some of the best class III-IV rapids around and the glaciers of Mt. Adams combined with the immense aquifers in the area, keep the White Salmon bubbling all summer long! The river cuts its way through one of the most beautiful, constricted and heavily forested gorges around. The water is gin-clear, the weather is fabulous and rapids are big and numerous; making the White Salmon River one of the most exciting 1/2-day river rafting trips in the west!


As the Spring days run long and the snow begins to recede, the water levels become lower and the trip becomes more playful. Its at this point (mid-Summer and Fall, when many Northwest rivers are reduced to a trickle) that we shift our trip dynamics a bit. We launch 2 miles upstream (beyond) the normal commercial launch to begin our trip deep in the canyon (thanks to some wonderful private property owners). By launching upstream, we add 2 more miles of class IV water (including rapids like S-turn, Top-Drop, The Flume, Bombers’ Drop and more)! We also portage around BZ Falls, which is one of the most beautiful and picturesque sections of the river. We are extremely privileged and fortunate to offer this, not only for the extra rapids (and to give you more rapids per trip than anyone else) but we truly get to enjoy a canyon untouched by man.

When water levels are low enough to safely offer Husum Falls, an exciting grand finale will conclude the run. Husum Falls is completely optional and you must meet certain age guidelines to paddle this drop, many people walk around and sometimes the entire boat will portage this rapid. In short, this trip is all fun and offers the most rapids! Trips run daily, starting in March and lasting into November, meeting at 9:30am or 2:30pm!

Top Drop Rapid on the White Salmon River, Washington

Whitewater Thrills Option: River Drifters offers half-day trips on the White Salmon River. In the Spring, the river tumbles and charges its way down a narrow basalt canyon. The rapids are big & bouncy with many large waves and powerful holes. With rapids like Maytag, Corner Cave, Grasshoper, Siwash, Corkscrew, Waterspout, Stairstep, Highway Hole, Rattlesnake, Deadmans’ Corner (and many more), you will absolutely love this trip.

This phenomenal trip is eight miles in length and the first five miles is continuous class III+ and IV rapids! Trips run daily, starting in March and lasting into November, meeting at 9:30am or 2:30pm!

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*Pricing DOES INCLUDE sales tax!

All prices include a professional guide in every boat, life jackets, helmets, wetsuits, & paddle jackets (if needed)!

Group discounts are given for 12+, 24+ and 40+ people!
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Alcohol is illegal on the White Salmon River, the Forest Service has mandated that rule for everyone’s safety. Please be respectful of this rule. If you show up impaired or under the influence of any alcohol or substances you will not be allowed on the trip and forfeit the trip price.

**This institution is an equal opportunity provider and operates under a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service.

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Who Can Go?

The White Salmon River trip is available for the family with kids older than 12 (in May and June) and older than 10 (in July, August and September). If you have kids under these ages you should consider a Deschutes River trip that is more suitable for kids.  During both the Spring and Summer months, our guests must be able to walk a sloping trail to the river and/or during a portage, please be sure that walking such a trail is not a problem for you.

What We Provide

River Drifters provides all the necessary gear to stay warm and comfortable on your adventure (wetsuits, booties,  paddle jackets and helmets), all free!  Our prices even include sales tax (many others don’t).  For a comprehensive list of things to bring for all weather, please see our Spring and Fall Trip List!

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White Salmon Directions

Meeting Place: Husum, WA
GPS Waypoint: 45.79651, -121.48468
Address: 856 Highway 141, Husum, WA. 98623

From Portland/Vancouver Area:

Travel East on I-84 towards Hood River, Oregon. Take exit #64 to White Salmon; travel north across the Columbia River and the toll bridge (into Washington). Take a LEFT (heading WEST on HWY 14) as soon as you reach a stop sign, immediately after the bridge, turn LEFT. Travel WEST for 1.2 miles and just before the bridge take a Right on Alt. HWY 141 (first major road on RIGHT). Follow the sign to Trout Lake and HWY 141 (1.4 miles); at the stop sign turn LEFT onto HWY 141 and continue to Husum roughly 4 miles. We have a meeting and storage area located just before the small town of Husum on the Right (look for the BIG RED BARN)! There is signage clearly indicating River Drifters! We are on the RIGHT hand (East) side of the road. If you cross the White Salmon River (via bridge), you have gone too far! You will see a sign on the building, a River Drifters bus or van with rafts easily identifiable!

Please allow 90 minutes traveling time from Portland or 20 minutes from Hood River!

Getting to the River

Starting Point

Estimated Driving Time

Portland/Vancouver Area

under 90 minutes

Skamania Lodge

30 minutes

Resort of the Mountain / Timberline Lodge Area

1 hour

Seattle 3-4 hours
Kennewick/Tri-Cities Area 2+ hours
Eugene under 3 hours



The Columbia River Gorge offers numerous camping sites. There is a large number of free camping areas as well as designed campgrounds (with running water, RV hook-ups, ect.). Below is a compiled list of some of the camping options in the area. Remember that that list below is just a start, there are plenty of great camping areas. For more information call the Hood River County Parks (541-386-6073), consult with your favorite camping guidebook or give us a call!

Home Valley Campground:  This is a wonderful campground with shade, some wind protection, beach access to the Columbia, amenities, a walk to a general store and access to great hiking.  Certainly one of our favorites and 30 minutes from our White Salmon Shop!

Viento State Park: Located on the Oregon side of the river, this superb campground is within a 30 minute drive to our White Salmon shop, shaded, some wind protection, great nearby hiking and ten minutes from Hood River.  One of our top pics!

Memaloose State Park:  Just East of Hood River, is another great camping location on the Columbia River.  Full amenities, beautiful location with great access.

Timberlake Campground & RV Park; 509-427-2267 (30 minutes from RDs White Salmon Base)

Bobs Budget RV Park: showers, picnic tables lots of room; (541) 739-2559

Lone Pine Motel: cheap camping; (541) 386-2601

Peach Beach: riverfront camping, picnic tables; (509) 773-4698 (longer drive!)
Pine Springs Resort: camping welcome, store; (509) 773-4434 (longer drive!)
Tucker County Park: great camping; (541) 386-4477 (5 miles from Hood River)
Toll bridge County Park: (541) 352- 5522 (17 miles from Hood River)
Hood River County Parks: (541) 386-6073

Camping Conditions

Gifford Pinchot National Forest (Southern Washington)
Mt. Hood National Forest (Oregon)

More Information

List of Columbia Gorge Campgrounds
List of Columbia Gorge Lodging