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Anticipation Builds for Condit Dam Removal (WA)

Posted: 07/27/2011
by Thomas O'Keefe

Ottawa-based videographer Mike McKay recently set out to film some of the great whitewater of the Columbia Gorge and document the building anticipation for removal of Condit Dam. Check out the latest installment of Currents for the report and the Canoe and Kayak article that provides some additional background. See also the current project schedule below.

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Current Dam Removal Schedule:


7/5: Work on Northwestern Reservoir Bridge Begins, Temporary Take-out upstream of bridge provided.

8/1: Reservoir closed to watercraft and drawdown begins

8/9: Drain tunnel drilled out at base of dam

9/28: Bridge work finished and access to take-out below bridge restored

10/26: Boom! Last few feet of concrete blasted and reservoir drained over six hours


5/28: Dam removal begins

8/31 Dam removal complete

9/1: Restored White Salmon River open to boaters

10/12 Project complete

Thomas O'Keefe
3537 NE 87th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: 425-417-9012

Associated Projects

White Salmon Restoration (WA)
American Whitewater has been engaged in a long-term effort to protect and restore one of the Pacific Northwest's most spectacular year-around whitewater rivers.

Associated Rivers