Husum, WA, May 14, 2015: On May 4th Wet Planet Whitewater began rafting Husum Falls, a 12 ft. waterfall, as well as their “Upper” section of the White Salmon River, some of the most exciting class IV whitewater available for commercial trips in Washington and Oregon. High Spring water flows usually prevent rafters from running Husum Falls and the Upper White Salmon until early July, but due to lower than normal Spring flows these sections have already become available to raft. While other rivers that run throughout the Summer may become too low because of low snowpack throughout the Pacific Northwest, the White Salmon’s unique system of aquifers and glacier-fed streams will ensure that the White Salmon River is raftable for the entire summer.
“This is just another reason why the White Salmon River is so incredible,” said Todd Collins, co-owner of Wet Planet. “We keep hearing so much about low water, and I know it’s disastrous for lots of folk that rely on the snowpack. However, the White Salmon is glacier fed, so we’re fortunate to be in a situation where we’ll still be running some of the best whitewater in the Northwest all summer long.”
Wet Planet’s private put-in, approximately 2 miles above the Forest Service put-in at BZ Corners, gives guests unique access to three Class IV rapids in the Upper White Salmon section. At the BZ Falls portage guests are also given the opportunity to view BZ Falls from a unique vantage point and jump from a cliff below BZ Falls. Wet Planet offers 2 packages that include the Upper White Salmon section – the full-day or half-day trips.
“We are excited to operate on one of the only rivers in the Northwest that will have quality Whitewater for the entire summer,” said David Seal, Wet Planet River Operations Manager. “It is hard to beat the consistency of the White Salmon.”
Also included in the full-day trip is a Class III adventure down the Lower-Lower section. Wet Planet began offering full-day trips in 2014, after the removal of Condit Dam made the section available for whitewater recreation. After passing the former Northwestern Lake and Condit Dam sites, the trip enters the Lower-Lower gorge, an area defined by brilliant hues of green created by moss and fern that cling to the high gorge walls. The full-day trip offers guests views of areas that are only accessible via the river, including the Narrows Canyon. The trip culminates at the confluence of the White Salmon and Columbia Rivers, where kiteboarders and windsurfers often put on a show as rafters prepare for take-out.