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White Salmon River rafting has attracted whitewater enthusiasts for generations. Perfect for beginners and advanced rafters, the river’s class III-IV whitewater rapids challenge even our most experienced veteran raft guests.
Fed from the glaciers of the majestic Mt. Adams and aquifers beneath surrounding orchards, the river’s water runs crystal clear all year long. Once a lava tube, the White Salmon runs through narrow, volcanic basalt canyons before heading out into the warm sunshine of a forested valley.
Protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the White Salmon River transports raft guests to a remote wilderness conveniently located just outside of Portland, Oregon. The undeveloped shoreline and inaccessible deep forests invite wildlife to visit the refreshing river, a sight only experienced by rafters and kayakers. Whitewater river rafting on the White Salmon River epitomizes the lush and wild character of the Pacific Northwest in one exciting raft trip!
In the second half of the summer, when water levels are lower, we launch all of our White Salmon river trips (Half-Day and Full-Day – water level depending) from our private upstream put-in. This exclusive access to “the Upper”, 2 miles upstream from the standard public launch site, adds numerous challenging class III/IV rapids and some of the most amazing canyon scenery on the river. An optional cliff jump at the base of BZ Falls adds to the adventure before you even pass the public access point. Escape the summer crowds with Wet Planet’s private river access, and run the longest stretch of class III-IV whitewater available on a standard White Salmon River trip!
Along with exciting class III-IV rapids, the 12-ft Husum Falls (ages 16+ and water level permitting) makes a White Salmon rafting trip absolutely unforgettable.
A river-wide ledge, Husum Falls has gained a reputation as one of the tallest commercially raftable waterfalls in the country. Depending upon water levels, your White Salmon raft trip will culminate with a heart-pumping vertical plunge. The photos speak for themselves.
If you are interested in more challenging class V whitewater, be sure to check out another breathtaking trip that only Wet Planet runs: the Upper Gorge (known as the Farmlands) section of the White Salmon River.
Looking for a multi-day adventure? Spring time is perfect for combining multiple rivers to create a supreme river rafting vacation in the Columbia River Gorge. Check out our spring multi-river package trips.