Dramatic gorge with numerous ledge drops that rate class IV-V set in the agricultural lands around Trout Lake that gives this section its name of the Farmlands run. The run is normally paddled during the snowmelt season of April to June. Lava Dam and Off Ramp are the big drops that can be portaged.
Check out the Farmlands section of the White Salmon page on Jason Rackley's site
Logistics: Follow Hwy. 14 along the Columbia River and at mile 63.6 take Alt Hwy 141 north (this turn is a couple miles to the west of the Hood River bridge across the Columbia). Continue 2.2 miles to the junction with Hwy. 141 and then follow this north towards Trout Lake.
The take-out is at Hwy. 141 mile 17.1 where a private forest roads turns off the highway that leads to the Green Truss Bridge. This is an unloading zone so do not park your shuttle car here, but you will want to check out the access so you are familiar with the take-out. Parking for the take-out is at Hwy. 141 mile 17.3 where Carr road turns off to the west. Park along this road and don't drive over to the Green Truss Bridge until you are ready to load boats. Following these guidelines is important to preserve the access to the river that SDS Lumber allows from their property. The steep trail out of the gorge is on the downstream river right side of the bridge.
The upper put-in is reached by driving up to Trout Lake and at Hwy. 141 mile 23.6 turn onto Little Mountain Road. Follow this road 1.7 miles to the River Road Bridge which serves as an access point.
An alternate access further downstream of this put-in is also described in the Bennett guidebook but parking is limited. To reach it turn off Hwy. 141 mile 20.9 onto Warner Road (signed for Glenwood). Follow this road 1.0 mile to the Warner Road Bridge across the river. Access is available in the highway right-of-way but parking options are not great.
There's new subsurface wood in the outflow of Off Ramp as of 7/9/11. Just a couple of twigs are above the surface at 3.6, and it look like a fir or hemlock. It looks and feels as if there is a larger stem sticking into the left bank where the current is. There's hearsay that someone was stuck on it, but I haven't heard from anyone who has actually seen a pin.
11 years ago
by Kurtis Perkins
The closest real-time gauge is White Salmon at Underwood. Many paddlers, however, go by the staff gauge at Husum and paddle this section at a minimum of 3' (it gets harder and less fun with lower flows as more rocks become exposed and a couple drops get too bony). An estimate of this gauge based on correlation to the Underwood gauge can be found on Pat Welch's site. For reference, a flow of 3' corresponds to approximately 1150 cfs on the Underwood gauge. While these estimates are useful for planning, the decision to paddle should be based on personal inspection of the flow.
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Drop below Offramp
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