About the White Salmon River

The White Salmon River flows south from glaciers on Mt. Adams, entering the Columbia River by the town of Hood River, OR.  Condit Dam is located 3.3 miles from the mouth and just inside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  Click here to see a USGS map.

In 1986, nine miles of the White Salmon River was designated as a National Wild and Scenic River: from Gilmer Creek by BZ to the confluence of Buck Creek, just south of Husum.  In 2005, 20 miles of the river and its tributary, Cascade Creek, in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest were added to the Wild and Scenic River system.  Of that, 6.7 miles is in the Mt. Adams Wilderness.  The 18.4 miles between the two Wild and Scenic segments border non-federal land but remain eligible for 'Wild and Scenic' designation.

The river's churning rapids and unique beauty make it a favorite of whitewater kayakers and rafters. The glacial waters of Mt. Adams combine with the water of numerous springs to provide sufficient flow for whitewater boating most of the year.

Historically, Native Americans fished and lived along the river. The area continues to be important to today's Native Americans, including Condit Dam removal settlement signatory the Yakama Nation.


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