2012 White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium: Big #7

The year to celebrate the White Salmon River is 2012.

This year’s River Fest and Symposium – Saturday, June 9th – is going to start off the summer with a full day of activities for community members, local paddlers and guides all to honor our beloved backyard river.

This year, we are stepping up the festivities a couple of notches.  With the White Salmon experiencing so much change around the removal Condit Dam, we want to provide an opportunity for locals to connect to the transforming river.

We are excited to add:

  • A trip to the Condit Dam siteand Northwestern Lake Take-out with PacifiCorp’s Project Manager, Russ Howison
  • A new kayak and raft race down the Middle White Salmon with a funky twist
  • A tasty backyard BBQ Dinner
  • Live music from the Shed Shakers

Of course, the River Fest will have all the classic activities that make this event such a success.


Through the popular Community Raft Float, locals can experience the rush of the river’s whitewater at a significantly reduced rate.  Kayakers and rafters will have the opportunity torace down the Middle White Salmon.  However, winners will not solely be decided on fastest time!


Symposium speakers will enlighten us on the White Salmon’s new stretch of river and the changes associated with the return of migrating salmonand the Native American tribes who have fished the river for generations.
PacifiCorp will also provide anupdated schedule and review of restoration efforts occurring in the river canyon.  Finally, learn what local organizations are doing to help protect and conserve the Wild and Scenic qualities of the White Salmon River.


With so many raffle items donated each year from your favorite local restaurants, shops, gear stores, outfitters, wineries, breweries and more, chances are high that you’ll go home with something.  Our donations come from local Columbia River Gorge businesses and river equipment manufacturers, helping to support our local economy and foster a stronger river recreation community on the White Salmon River.


This year’s event will be donating all proceeds to American Whitewater and Friends of the White Salmon River.  These two non-profit organizations have helped secure and maintain access for recreation, worked to get Wild and Scenic designation and put in countless hours for the good of the river.
Come show your support for the river you love.

Mark your calenders for this year’s event!