We often get asked to offer a day trip. If you can make the effort to get out with us, the difference between spending the night with us and coming out for a few hours is quite literally night and day. So we don’t offer any day trips ourselves.
Be sure to check Eric’s availability, or book a trip with one of the other highly qualified river guides!
the White Salmon River is a unique river that runs through the heart of a collapsed lava tube! Undammed from its source (a glacier on the side of Mt. Adams) to its confluence at the Columbia River, it is nestled in the fern, pine, and moss-lined beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest. It’s as special as it is unique.
The White Salmon River underwent historic changes with the demolishing of the nearly century-old Condit Dam in October 2011. This was, at the time, incredible progress in the history of the dam removal community, spearheaded by local fishermen, whitewater enthusiasts, scientists, and Native American tribes (often the driving force in dam removal actions). For those interested in this topic, the Movie “Damnation” (free on YouTube through Patagonia) is a critically acclaimed movie that details this wonderfully!
May is the beginning of the season and is a great rafting experience for the more adventurous outdoor enthusiast. This is when the river is a true class IV, as the river is at its highest, packed with monstrous holes!
It will be colder though, often you’ll be paddling in the rain while the river is really pumping! Portland Rafting does provide neoprene wetsuits, booties, splash jackets, and more!
Please note that the snow levels on Mt. Adams and the snow melt is the driving force of the water level far more than the amount of rainfall.
The White Salmon River is renowned for its nonstop whitewater action amid the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and surrounding communities.
Portland river runners can drive an hour and 15 minutes to Northwest Park, where we meet and outfit the group with wet suits, PFDs (Aka life jackets), and helmets. The whitewater action begins right at the boat launch, near BZ Corner, where the Class 3+ “top drop” follows shortly after the entry.