September on the White Salmon River
2012 has been a year of transformation for Washington's White Salmon River. The removal of the Condit Dam began last fall, and for the first time in 99 years, the White Salmon is flowing freely all the way to the Columbia River. All winter long crews from Pacific Corp have been removing the dam one piece at a time with complete removal slated for early September.
It's been great to share the story of the dam removal with our rafting guests on the White Salmon this summer. The last mile of the trip used to be on a lake, but this season we're boating through 99 years of sediment and brand new rapids that change daily. Although the signs of the historic lake remain, each day we're on the river our excitement builds to raft beyond Northwestern Lake this fall.
If the Condit Dam is removed according to schedule and the rapids that appear below the former Northwestern Lake are navigable, we'll be offering a handful of special trips through the former dam site and into the White Salmon Narrows this September and October. We're all very excited to learn what's out there and hope you can join us for the maiden voyage!
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We just finished another amazing Wild Rivers Night at the KEEN Garage in Portland. This year we had over 200 people join us from as far away as Los Angeles, Berkeley, Reno, and Seattle. We celebrated wild rivers with presentations on river conservation, a silent auction of gorgeous river photography, and enjoyed beverages donated by Sierra Nevada, Nectar Creek Honeywine, and Springhouse Cellars. Our emcee Tim Palmer started the evening with a comprehensive list of Oregon rivers and then introduced the different presentations about wild rivers...
Today I had an opportunity to tour the Condit Dam site as part of the White Salmon River Fest and Symposium. Our friends at Wet Planet host this wonderful event every June and this year it included a special visit to the dam removal site. A lot of work has happened since my last visit after the dam's breach last October. Workers with Pacific Corp have been dynamiting the concrete structure a little bit at at time and made some great progress. It's exciting to think...