• Season End of July-August

  • Trip Length 3-4 Hrs.

  • Difficulty moderate

  • Age 10+

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Trip Info

White Salmon River Rafting near Portland, OR

The White Salmon River made history with the removal of the nearly century old Condit Dam in October 2011, but you will remember it for the non-stop whitewater action through a Wild and Scenic designated section in the Columbia River Gorge. Portland river rafters only need to drive an hour and a half to meet the group at the BZ Corner Grocery & Shell Gas Station near White Salmon, WA. The White Salmon whitewater action starts in BZ Corner with the Class III+ "Top Drop" coming almost immediately after the put in. From there you will alternate heart pounding white water and beautiful views of the boulder strewn river and basalt walled gorge. For most rafters the highlight of the trip is optional 10-foot tall Class V Husum Falls. The combination of epic whitewater and continuous stunning scenery will keep you coming back to the White Salmon River over and over again.

Seattle and Portland White Water Rafting

The White Salmon River hosts some of the best commercially run rapids in Washington State and has earned a reputation as a must do for Seattle and Portland area rafting enthusiasts. While the scenery is incredible, the real reason to raft this river is the whitewater. After Class III+ "Top Drop" you have many more III to IV rapids to go through before you reach Class V Husum Falls. This notorious 10ft waterfall running under Highway 141 may look intimidating, but with our experienced guides at the helm we think you'll be left smiling. Even if you decide to skip Husum Falls you still have Class III "rattlesnake" and 2 more miles of whitewater action to look forward to. Seattle and Portland rafting enthusiasts won't want to miss the White Salmon River!

Raft the White Salmon River with Wildwater

With the latest equipment and the highest certified guides in the Washington river guiding business you can be confident you are taken care of so you can concentrate on having fun. Only the most experienced guides at Wildwater are chosen for this run to ensure you have the peace of mind for 10ft Husum Falls. Your comfort is important to us and we'd like to remind you that the river is fed by snowmelt from nearby Mt. Adams. Wildwater offers wetsuits, booties and splash jackets to keep you warm so you can focus on the most important thing, having a good time!

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 the BZ Corner Grocery & Shell Gas Station, in the town of BZ Corner, 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.

Directions to the White Salmon River from Portland

You can reach the BZ Corner Grocery & Shell Gas Station 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 for about 5 miles passing the town of Husum, WA and entering the small town of BZ Corner. Turn left off Highway 141 into the parking lot of the BZ Corner Grocery and Gas Station. Park in front of the red & white barn on the left side of the parking lot. Look for a Wildwater sign or vehicles for check in.

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 for about 5 miles passing the town of Husum, WA and entering the small town of BZ Corner. Turn left off Highway 141 into the parking lot of the BZ Corner Grocery and Gas Station. Park in front of the red & white barn on the left side of the parking lot. Look for a Wildwater sign or vehicles for check in.

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

BZ Corner Store & Shell Gas Station

BZ Corner Grocery & Shell Gas Station

1255 WA -141, White Salmon, WA 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)
  • Certified Professional Guides

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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Wildwater Rafting is a fun activity for large groups. We welcome parties/groups for all occasions. Call and ask about our group rates or follow the link below.

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Participant Agreement Form

We have attached our participant agreement form for your convenience. Feel free to print and fill it out to bring with you to the river, but we will have agreement forms available for you in case you are unable to print this document out. All minors not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian need to make sure they bring this document with all fields filled out and signed by a parent or legal guardian or they won’t be able to join us on the river, no exceptions!

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