White Salmon River, Wash. – A river runs free, for the first time in a century
THE NEW YORK TIMES “The 46 Places to Go in 2013? (January 2013) — Bonnie Tsui
Another article in the Seattle Times http:new-york-times-discovers-white-salmon-river-and-a-few-other-places/
It’s a white-water paddler’s dream come true. The removal of the major Condit Dam in October, 2012 to allow for fish passage means that the White Salmon River now runs all the way to the Columbia River, flowing freely from its glacial headwaters at Mount Adams for the first time in 100 years.
Local outfitters like Wet Planet are expected to begin rafting and kayaking tours on the newly opened section of challenging Class IV rapids early this year. Conservationists are happy, too, as spawning chinook salmon and steelhead trout have already been spotted swimming upstream in the new habitat.