Annual White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium
Since 2006, the Annual White Salmon RiverFest and Symposium has celebrated the river that flows through our community and provides an invaluable recreational, social and economic benefit.
For one day, river guides and local community members gather together to raft down the river's legendary rapids, compete in kayak competitions, learn about the river, eat, dance and celebrate. Our goal is to provide an education resource for professional river guides and community members, as well as on-river opportunities to help more people get out on the water and feel its captivating flow for themselves.
Since the recent removal of Condit Dam, the event's symposium portion has become the premier resource for the most up-to-date information on the decommission process. The changes occurring in the river canyon as a result of this groundbreaking hydropower removal project are of epic proportions. Join us to learn more about what is happening on your favorite Pacific Northwest River.
Riverfest and Symposium:
The 2012 festival was a great success! Stay tuned for our 2013 White Salmon Riverfest & Symposium
Where: Wet Planet Whitewater Center
History of the Festival
Started by Wet Planet co-owner Jaco Klinkenberg in 2006, the River Fest and Symposium began as a Headwaters Institute seminar, seeking to increase the knowledge of the river system for local professional river guides, boaters and community members. In 2007, Wet Planet kayak school manager Heather Herbeck joined the planning team, helping to coordinate seminars as well as the on-water events and competitions. Last year kayak instructor, raft guide, and wordsmith Susan Hollingsworth joined the planning team.
Helping to facilitate events like the White Salmon River Fest is just something the people at Wet Planet love to do. We do it for the love of the river. Sharing our experience and connection to this incredible resource and educating the public so that the ecosystem and community remains protected is just part of our role as public and commercial river users.
Please contact the coordination team if you or your company would like to participate in the facilitation of this year's event. We would love volunteers and supporters from all over the river community!
For more information on previous seminars check out the official Riverfest blog.
Mark your calender and stay tuned for more updates to come!