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White Salmon River Fest

Annual White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium

12th Annual White Salmon River Fest ~ July 11 & 12, 2017

The White Salmon River Fest celebrates the White Salmon River, the communities, and the natural and cultural history that surrounds this watershed. This river is an invaluable social, recreational, agricultural and economic resource to those who call it home.

The River Fest aims to gather the local boating and non-boating community together for celebration, education, whitewater rafting and kayaking, food, dance, and more. Founded in 2006 by Wet Planet and traditionally co-hosted with other members from the local river community, this year’s River Fest will be a joint effort including Brendan Wells from Mountain Mind Collective in Trout Lake, Jeanette Burkhardt from Yakama Nation Fisheries, Alexa Williams from Friends of the White Salmon River and Natalie Price from American Whitewater / Solstice Pizza.

Since the removal of Condit Dam in 2012, the event’s symposium portion has become the premier resource for the most up-to-date information on the decommission process. The changes occurring in the river canyon as a result of this groundbreaking hydropower removal project are of epic proportions. Join us to learn more about what is happening on your favorite Pacific Northwest River.

2017 White Salmon River Fest and Symposium tentative schedule:

July 11th – Evening

Symposium at Mt. View Grange Hall
Schedule of Event will follow soon.

July 12th – full day event

9:00 AM: Welcome & White Salmon River Status update

9:30 AM – Start Community Rafting Trip White Salmon River at Wet Planet Whitewater
Hosted and coordinated by Wet Planet Whitewater for local residents

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Community Service Project
Hosted and facilitated by Jeanette Burkhardt

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Kids River Art Project
Hosted and facilitated by Dawn Passant / Wet Planet

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Kayak Clinics at Wet Planet Whitewater
Hosted by Wet Planet Kayak School, and Max Blackburn / Immersion Research / All Star Rafting

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Kayak and SUP events in Husum
Kayak event schedule will follow.

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM Boater Party, hosted by American Whitewater
Event details will follow.

 

Info booths:

•        Underwood Conservation District
•        Washington Water Trust
•        SHARE the White Salmon River
•        Skamania/Klickitat County Noxious Weed Control Programs/Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area
•        Stream table courtesy of River Restoration Northwest
•        Friends of the White Salmon River
•       Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group
•       Columbia Riverkeeper
•       WDFW

History of the Festival

The annual White Salmon RiverFest and Symposium began as a Headwaters Institute seminar, created by Wet Planet co-owner Jaco Klinkenberg in 2006. The vision and goal for the annual event has always been increase the knowledge and awareness of the river system for local professional river guides, boaters and extended community members by bringing the whole community together, build bridges, provide fun informational and educational events, while also giving back to the community by including service projects, and free or affordable river events concluded with a celebrating party at the end.

Please contact us (courtney@wetplanetwhitewater or jaco@wetplanetwhitewater.com) if you or your company would like to participate, support and/or help facilitate this year’s event. We would love volunteers and supporters from all over the river community!

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