White Salmon River, WA
April - September. 7 days a week.
Half day trips begin at 9:00am and 1:30pm.
- 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 our 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 10' high Husum Falls.
Participants must be at least 10 years of age and it is recommended that everyone has basic swimming capabilities.
Approximately 3 hours.
Rafts hold either 4 or 6 people plus a guide.
Allowed, but not encouraged since you will be moving down river.
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; we'll 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 possibiliites 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 this rafting trip, 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 headquartes 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 or course. Anyone under the influence of alcohol before a trip or kayak session will not permitted to participate in the trip or lesson.
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 that's it! 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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"We have decided this is definatly something we want to do again and next time include more of the family. This was my first rafting trip since the birth of my daughter (6 yrs old)...we spoke with Wet Planet and we got a much better deal with Cloud 9 than going directly with the company price wise. Over all we couldn't be happier and will be working with your company again!"
"Wet Planet Whitewater was an amazing crew, who provided an memorable experience front to back. Our guides Jonathan and Josh were knowledgeable about every aspect of the rafting experience, including the geology, history and hydrology of the river. There was never a point where we felt unsafe, or misinformed about the more technical aspects of our adventure. We felt as if we were truly part of a team on the river. The scenery was incredible, and loved that there were some occasional breaks to stretch, chat and ask questions. We plan on going again, this time on a full-day trip! Highly recommended. Big thanks to Wet Planet!"
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