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Difficulty IV-V
Length 5.1 Miles
Gauge WHITE SALMON RIVER NEAR UNDERWOOD, WA
Flow Range 1000 - 1800 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 20 minutes ago 519 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/04/2013 5:16 am

River Description


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.

Rapid Descriptions

Warner Road Bridge

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Teresa Gryder
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8 years ago

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.

Gage Descriptions

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.

NOAA Graph

White Salmon River at Husum

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USGS Flow

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Directions Description


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Date Flow Result Factor  
2015-04-12 Low Fatality Other Read More

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News

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White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium

5/27/2009
Thomas O'Keefe

Brought to you through the efforts of Wet Planet Whitewater and the Headwaters Institute, the White Salmon River RiverFest and Symposium will take place this weekend (Saturday May, 30th). American Whitewater will be presenting an update on Condit Dam removal and river restoration efforts in the region as part of the morning symposium. River races and a great party will take place in the afternoon and evening.

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Senator Cantwell (D-WA) Moves for Wild and Scenic on Upper White Salmon

8/6/2003
Jason Robertson

153thumb.jpg On Thursday, August 7th, Senator Cantwell (D-WA) will hold a press conference announcing the introduction of legislation to designate approximately 20 miles of the Upper White Salmon River in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest as part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. Cantwell's bill will be the Senate companion piece to Representative Brian Baird's (D-WA) introduction of similar language in the House earlier this year.
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Extending Wild and Scenic River Status on the White Salmon River (WA)

8/13/2002
Thomas O'Keefe

American Whitewater has joined American Rivers, Friends of the White Salmon and several additional groups in support of extending Wild and Scenic status to the Upper White Salmon River located in Washington State. After completing a study as directed by Congress, the Forest Service recommended that this reach be included within the Wild and Scenic River system. We must now encourage Congress to introduce legislation to protect this reach as we continue to set the groundwork for dam removal and full restoration of this river system.
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Help Acquire & Conserve White Salmon Riverfront (WA), update

7/9/2002
Thomas O'Keefe

Congress recently recommended $2.5 million in funding for the NW Wild and Scenic River program. Feedback from Washington indicates we have made a difference in successfully securing this appropriation from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. We have one final opportunity to push for funding acquisition of property available for sale along the White Salmon River. Here's your opportunity to make your voice heard in support of this Northwest whitewater gem.

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Condit Dam (White Salmon River WA) Removal Agreement

10/26/1999
John Gangemi

September 22, 1999 PacifiCorp signed an agreement to remove Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Southwest Washington State. The culmination of two years of negotiations between state and federal agencies, American Whitewater, and 13 other environmental groups. The agreement calls for removal of the 125-foot-tall concrete dam that since 1913 has diverted water from the natural channel obstructing downstream navigation and blocking upstream fish passage.
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Thomas O'Keefe

Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1202885 12/04/13 Thomas O'Keefe description updates
1201656 11/05/12 Thomas O'Keefe gage edits
1192063 05/12/09 Thomas O'Keefe n/a