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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.
In 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."
The 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.
On 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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  • We took the half-day 4 hour boat trip. The water was running high and cold due to the glacier melt. We hit class 4 rapids almost immediately after getting into the water - it was awesome! The entire t...  more »
  • Our wedding party had a great white water rafting adventure. Our guide Matt was the best and was very helpful. Thanks for showing a spectacular river and time!!!  more »

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