White Salmon River, WA
Half Day Trips
April through September:
Daily - 9:00 AM & 1:30 PM
Full Day Trips
Mid-July through September:
Sunday through Friday - 9:00 AM
- The White Salmon River flows from glacial waters of Mt. Adams, cutting through scenic canyons and a warm forested valley
- Experienced and highly trained guides
- Enjoy the exhilaration of running class III-IV rapids
- All skill levels welcome, a great experience for family adventure
The White Salmon River has been designated as a protected area, and provides a breathtaking combination of whitewater and scenery.
Fed by natural springs flowing from the glaciers of Mt. Adams, the White Salmon River cascades through narrow, cliff lined basalt canyons before heading out into the warm sunshine of a forested valley.
Throughout the trip, rafters are treated to continuous class III - IV rapids that challenge even the most adventurous guests. In between the rapids, you will have a chance to view lava formed rock walls, float through crystal clear pools, and watch for wildlife in forests that are only accessible from the river.
This incredible trip is highlighted by a vertical plunge over the legendary 12' high Husum Falls.
Half Day Trip
During the half day trip you'll raft the Upper section of the White Salmon River from a private upstream put-in location that adds 2 miles of class III-IV whitewater rapids to the trip. Experience a cliff jump at BZ Falls and the opportunity to run 12' tall Husum Falls on the Middle White Salmon.
Full Day Trip
The full day trip includes all the exciting adventures of the half day trip, but continues with a hot riverside lunch at the experience provider's headquarters and a journey through the canyons formed by the previous lake and the historical site of Condit Dam. You'll have a chance to see the newly formed Lower Lower section of the White Salmon River and the spectacular Narrows Canyon before arriving at the Columbia River.
- Participants must be at least 10 years of age
- Participants need to have basic swimming capabilities
Half day trip is approximately 3 hours including 8 miles of rafting. Full day trip is approximately 6-7 hours with 15 miles of rafting.
Rafts hold either 4 or 6 people plus a guide.
Spectators are allowed to hangout at the headquarters while you are on the river, but they will not be able to join you on the water.
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
You don't have to worry about the weather; the experience provider will provide the gear you need to stay warm. All that you need to provide is a bathing suit or shorts to wear underneath the wetsuit. In the spring or fall, the weather can be cool or rainy. If you are worried about staying warm, feel free to bring a layer of synthetic underwear to wear underneath your wetsuit. Don't plan on wearing cotton shirts under a wetsuit. When cotton gets wet, it does not dry fast.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance.
Once you have received a booking confirmation, cancellations and rescheduling are allowed up to 14 days prior to the Experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your Experience.
Is there lodging nearby?
Yes there is. There are several bed and breakfasts and camping available within a very short distance, and the nearby town of Hood River, Oregon offers a wide variety of possibilities for lodging.
If the river doesn't go around in a circle, how do we get back to where we started?
Since the river does not go in a circle, they will drive you to the put in location and pick you up at the take out location.
Do we have to paddle?
They use guided paddle rafts on all of their rafting trips, where all of the guests participate in paddling the raft down the river.However, if you have different needs and are unable to paddle, please let us know.There is also the option of running the rivers with an oar rig, where the guide rows and the guests do not need to paddle.
How many people are in a raft?
Each raft will have one guide and anywhere from two to six guests.
Can we bring our dog?
You are welcome to bring your dog, but your pets will be happier at home.While you are on the river you will need to make sure that your dog is either in a vehicle or tied. It is very hot in the summer, and it is very difficult to find a place where a pet can be left without being in danger of overheating.They cannot be responsible for your pet while you are not around, and your dog cannot go on the river trip with you.
Are there changing rooms?
Yes, they have changing rooms for the trips based out of the headquarters in White Salmon.At the headquarters they have all the amenities necessary to make sure that your time off the water is enjoyable.
Is there a place to picnic?
Yes there is. You are welcome to picnic at the headquarters, alongside the White Salmon River or under the shade by Rattlesnake Creek, pending space availability.
Is alcohol permitted on the rafting trip?
NO! Consumption of alcohol before or during any whitewater activity creates a serious risk to all participants on the trip. Anyone under the influence of alcohol before a trip will not permitted to participate in the trip.
Can I bring a camera?
They do take photos that are available for sale after the trip! They have the ability to print the photos or burn a CD while you wait.You are also welcome to bring your own camera, as long as it's waterproof or has a waterproof casing. The guides like to remind the guests that the more expensive the camera, the faster it will probably sink.
What do I need to bring?
You will need a bathing suit or shorts to wear under the wetsuit and a towel for when you're finished. They provide all of the equipment you will need for your trip (at no charge), including wet suits, paddle jackets and fleece, booties, personal flotation devices, helmets and paddles.All you need to do is show up for the trip, and they will take care of the rest.
Do I need previous experience?
No, you don't need to have any previous whitewater experience. They do offer rafting trips for all levels of paddlers, from first time to advanced.
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"This was a great experience and super fun!"
"Overall the experience was so much fun. One suggestion I have is it would be helpful to let people know the degree of difficulty of the hike. Some age groups may not be able to handle it or the walking on slippery rocks. Our guide "Shamus" was awesome. He made the experience so much fun, and was very informative and was very skilled in steering the raft. "
"Our white water rafting trip down the White Salmon River was amazing! Beautiful scenery; Class II, III & IV rapids; cliff jumping; and our guide John was the best. Will be taking another trip very soon. In fact, it will probably become at least a once a summer event."