• Season July - Aug.

  • Trip Length 3-4 Hrs.

  • Difficulty moderate

  • Age 10+

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Trip Info

Non-stop Whitewater Action

The White Salmon River made history in 2011 when it removed the Condit Dam, but you will most definitely remember it today because of its non-stop whitewater action. Though a 44-mile tributary of the Columbia River, Wildwater rafts the section near the Columbia Gorge that has been designated as Wild and Scenic by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

White Salmon, Washington, is located about an hour and a half from Portland, Oregon, but the river's first Class III+ rapid "Top Drop" occurs almost immediately after launching. From there, you will alternate between heart-pounding whitewater and beautiful views of the boulder strewn river and basalt walled gorge. For most rafters, the highlight of the trip is the notorious (but optional) Class V Husum Falls. If you decided to skip the 10-ft. waterfall, there are still plenty of Class III rapids like "Rattlesnake" rapid, to look forward to. Plus, you can book White Salmon for a private kayaking trip!

Trip Itinerary

  1. Park vehicles at the meeting spot.
  2. Check in and fill out a participation waiver.
    Note: All minors must have a parent or legal guardian present to participate. If a minor will not be accompanied, he/she must have the waiver completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to the trip.
  3. After check-in, change into the river gear provided by Wildwater. Use your vehicle as a personal locker to store your street clothes and other belongings. Store your keys in Wildwater's secured location while you are on the river.
  4. Once everyone is geared up, we take a Wildwater vehicle to the shuttle, which takes us to the put-in/launch site.
  5. Before boarding the raft, a Wildwater staff member holds a Trip Talk to prepare you for what is to come.
  6. After the Trip Talk, you split into raft groups and meet your guide for the trip.
  7. Your guide discusses basic river rafting instruction before putting on the river.
  8. Now it's time to go rafting!
  9. At the end of the trip you take-out back at the meeting spot, change into dry clothing, and return all river gear you used to Wildwater staff members.

Directions to the White Salmon River Rafting Put In

Wildwater River Guides White Salmon rafting trips meet at Northwestern Park, near the town of White Salmon, WA. We have done our best to provide you with detailed directions to the White Salmon River put in from Seattle and Portland to ensure you are able to meet your trip on time. Be advised that in addition to the directions provided we strongly recommend using a Washington State highway map or searching the address provided in Google Maps for additional information. You may not be able to get reception with all carriers in the vicinity of Northwestern Park and we recommend having directions available.

Directions to the White Salmon River from Portland

You can reach Northwestern Park from either Interstate 84 or Highway 14. If you are headed to the White Salmon River from Portland we recommend using Interstate 84 and following the directions included below:

Route - Oregon / Interstate 84:

  • Go across the Hood River Bridge into Washington.
  • Turn left at the stop light and head west on Hwy-14 for 1.5 miles.
  • Take right at the mouth of the White Salmon River onto ALT Hwy-141.
  • Go to the end of ALT Hwy-141 and take a left at the stop sign.
  • Drive on Hwy-141 until you see the sign for Northwestern Park, take a left on Northwestern Road and follow the road down until you cross the bridge over the White Salmon River.
  • Turn left after the bridge into Northwestern Park parking lot.

If it's simpler for you to use Highway 14 here are the directions to the White Salmon River.

Route - Washington / Highway 14:

  • Heading east on Hwy-14 take left at the mouth of the White Salmon River onto ALT Hwy-141.
  • Go to the end of ALT Hwy-141 and take a left at the stop sign.
  • Drive on Hwy-141 until you see the sign for Northwestern Park, take a left on Northwestern Road and follow the road down until you cross the bridge over the White Salmon River.
  • Turn left after the bridge into Northwestern Park parking lot.

Directions to the White Salmon River from Seattle

When you are looking for the White Salmon River meeting location from Seattle it's easiest to use the Interstate 84 route shown above. While it is possible to travel along the north side of the Columbia River on Highway 14 it is generally faster to use Interstate 84. Below is the best way to get from Seattle to the start of the Hood River/Interstate 84 directions listed above.

  • Take Interstate 5 S toward Portland.
  • Keep right to continue on Interstate 205 S, follow signs for Salem/Northeast 134th St.
  • Take exit 22 for I-84 E/US-30 E toward The Dalles.
  • Merge onto 1-84 E/US 30 E.
  • Take exit 64 for Mt. Hood Hwy toward OR-35/White Salmon/Govt. Camp.
  • Go across the Hood River Bridge into Washington.

Book Your White Salmon Kayak or Raft Trip Today!

Wildwater River Guides offers White Salmon rafting trips and White Salmon kayak instruction and guided trips to Seattle and Portland whitewater enthusiasts. Our expert guides have the highest level of training in the business and years of experience on the river so you can be confident you are in good hands. Contact us with questions or comments and then come experience the incredible rapids and beautiful scenery of the White Salmon River with Wildwater River Guides today. We look forward to meeting you!

Meeting Location

Northwestern Park

Northwestern Lake Road
White Salmon, Washington 98672

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What we Provide

  • A top-of-the-line-neoprene sleeveless wetsuit
  • Neoprene booties for your feet
  • A helmet
  • A PFD (personal floatation device)

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit or swim trunks
  • Sunglasses (must have croakie attachment)
  • Extra layers if you're worried about getting cold (fleece, wool, or polypropylene - avoid cotton)
  • Sunscreen

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