Wild and Scenic White Salmon River

The White Salmon River is a river in the Columbia River Gorge, originating on the slopes of Mount Adams. The lower portion of the river is in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and some of the upper sections are part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system. The principal tributaries of the White Salmon River include Trout Lake and Buck, Mill, Dry, Gilmer, and Rattlesnake Creeks.

On November 17, 1986, the White Salmon River was designated Wild and Scenic. The White Salmon River is used by kayakers and rafters all year round. A popular spot to launch a raft or kayak is located off of the Alt Hwy 141 in BZ Corner. The section from BZ Corner to Husum falls is known as the Middle White Salmon. The rapids are for intermediate kayakers and rafters. The section from Husum Falls to Northwestern Lake is referred to as the Lower White Salmon. This section is for beginners. The rafting companies that guide on the White Salmon run from BZ Corner to Northwestern Lake.

  • Fee Required
  • Trained Guides/Guided Tours/Self-Guided Tours Available

(Photos courtesy of Ben Tobin & Washington State Tourism)

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