White Salmon, Washington, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||60 fpm|
|WHITE SALMON RIVER NEAR UNDERWOOD, WA|
|usgs-14123500||1000 - 1800 cfs||IV-V||00h33m||941 cfs (too low)|
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.
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.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Warner Road Bridge||N/A|
White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium
May 27, 2009