Get off the beaten track this summer with these fun and unique adventures that will cool you down! The whole family will love getting away from the heat in the Columbia River Gorge while exploring ice caves, water falls, pools, whitewater rafting, and more.
With glorious weather during the warmer months, loads of places to explore, and full of family friendly activities, the Gorge makes for the perfect summer get-away that both kids and adults will love!
Located in White Salmon, WA, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, few people know the area better than the crew at Wet Planet. We’ve put together some of our staff’s favorite family activities to help make this vacation your best summer story yet.
Whitewater Rafting in Washington is the ultimate way to stay cool on hot summer days! The White Salmon River’s class III-IV rapids are perfect for beginner and experienced boaters alike. Explore the Pacific Northwest like never before from the crystal clear water weaving through the base of the steep walls that were once a lava tube. Your whole family will love paddling through exciting rapids like Top Drop, Grasshopper, Waterspout, and Rattlesnake together! Participants must be at least 10 years old to enjoy this trip.
Trout Lake is an often overlooked gem at the base of Mt. Adams. Spend a day sampling different kinds of refreshing adventures with a short hike to Lancaster Falls, cooling down in the Trout Lake Ice Caves, and sipping on the best huckleberry shakes around!
Enjoy a day in town with brunch at the White Salmon Bakery, games at the park, and swimming at the White Salmon pool. Local kids of all ages love to take lessons here, get comfortable in water, and make new friends. Cool down in the evenings with special Family Swim sessions from 6 PM-8 PM!
Indulge in summer science and then hang out on the beach and play! The Spring Creek Fish Hatchery raises more than 10 million Tule fall Chinook annually. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife that frequents it, such as bald eagles, osprey, peregrine falcons, flickers, and beavers. With a great beach on the banks of the Columbia River, it is an ideal location to watch the wind surfers and kiteboarders that flock to the area as well!
Boasting practically no crowds and no hike, skip the popular Dog Mountain hike and opt for the nearby falls instead. Just east of the Dog Mountain parking area, this gem is tucked just out of view. A shaded stream and shallow pool make for a relaxing place to spend the day. Grab lunch from the Huck Truck in Bingen to bring a great local picnic with you!