Lower White Salmon Opens to Paddlers
Condit Dam demolition complete after nearly 100 years
Washington’s lower White Salmon River is now open to paddlers for the first time in nearly 100 years. On October 31, the PacifiCorp power company finished the last stages of decommissioning the Condit Dam, which was breached with dynamite a year ago. The White Salmon now flows freely to the Columbia River and into the ocean. “The restoration of a free-flowing river is an exciting event for the whitewater boating community,” said Thomas O’Keefe, Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director for American Whitewater. Paddlers eager to try the new stretch of river are strongly advised to exercise extreme caution, as the changing nature of the riverbed, combined with the high volume of wood and debris makes conditions unpredictable.