White Salmon River, Washington

White Salmon River

The White Salmon River is a tourist and kayaker hot spot within the Mount Adams Wilderness in Klickitat and Skamania counties of Washington State. It is spring and snow melt felt off of Mount Adams in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest beginning at an elevation of 5,381 ft emptying into the Columbia River at 79 feet above sea level.  Parts of it has been designated as Wild and Scenic Columbia River wilderness in 1986. It runs approximately 44.3 miles in length. The River is used for whitewater rafting and kayaking year round with launch locations most commonly set in at the State Park in BZ Corner, although the higher rapids further upstream are more popular for its high class rapids. In 2011 the Condit Dam along the river was intentionally breached during the decommissioning of the Dam by PacifiCorp allowing it to flow unimpeded.   Its GPS coordinates are recorded as 46°11?10?N 121°35?05?W for the spring source, and 45°43?43?N 121°31?16?W for its mouth near Underwood, Washington. Tributaries that feed into the White Salmon river are Trout Lake, Buck Creek, Mill Creek, Dry Creek, Gilmer Creek, and Rattlesnake Creek.

References:
Google 2014       Google Earth
U.S. Geological Survey   n.d.        Geographic Names Information System: White Salmon River.
Wikipedia                            n.d         White Salmon River. The Free Encyclopedia. Website referenced 1/13/15 at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Salmon_River

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