The White Salmon River offers spectacular world-class whitewater rafting and kayaking, breathtaking scenery, and dramatic basalt cliffs and waterfalls, making it one of the most beautiful and adventurous river day trips in the West.
Located just 70 miles from the Portland/Vancouver area in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, it’s accessible to locals and visitors alike. Nature lovers will appreciate the clear blue waters of this designated Wild and Scenic River fed by the glaciers of Mt Adams. Salmon are returning to the White Salmon River after the 100-year-old Condit Dam was removed in 2011, the largest dam removed in the U.S. at the time.
Thrill-seekers will love running the big and numerous rapids and (water-level depending) 10-foot-high Husum Falls, the tallest commercially floatable waterfall in the U.S. Even beginners will embrace this rafting experience, as our knowledgeable guides teach the basic skills and paddle strokes needed to have a fun and memorable trip.
Thanks to a partnership with a local landowner, most of our trips start – water-level depending – about two miles upstream of BZ Corner (the normal commercial put-in) in a deep, craggy canyon. Triple Drop is the first rapid (Class IV) that you’ll brave before heading downstream through 10 additional heart-pumping Class III-IV rapids. Water level depending, your trip will culminate with an electrifying drop (optional) down 10-foot-high Husum Falls, an experience you’re likely to remember.
For those that choose a full-day trip, you’ll get an up close look at a spectacular, narrow canyon below what used to be Northwestern Lake’s Condit Dam. The section of the river from the removed dam to the Columbia River – known as the Lower-Lower White Salmon – is constantly changing, offering boaters a rare look into the restoration of a once-dammed river.