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Annual White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium

2014 Dates TBD

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.

2013 Riverfest and Symposium schedule:

10 AM Community Raft Float - $20/person (By participating outfitters. Facilitated by Wet Planet, meet at our outpost)

~Click here to book your spots on the locals rafting trip!~

1 PM Lunch - by Big Man Rotisserie
Husum Fire Hall

2 to 5 PM - Symposium 
Husum Fire Hall
2:00-2:15 Introduction (MC)/Tribal history & context (Davis Washines, Columbia River Inter-tribal Fisheries Enforcement, Yakama Nation)
2:15-2:40 State of the White Salmon River (Margaret Neuman, Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group); Underwood Conservation District-conservation, resources available to landowners
2:45-3:05 Invasive Species-threats, detection & prevention (Blaine Parker, Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission)
3:10-3:20 Break
3:25-3:35 Friends of the White Salmon River & raffle drawing
3:35-3:55 Salmon-who's back in the river & where? (Rod Engle/US Fish & Wildlife Service)
4:00-4:30 Panel discussion & forum: Large Wood -Hazard or habitat?
Short presentation/video and moderated panel discussion (Emily Plummer/6Rivers Mediation, moderator)

Bill Norris, Principal Engineer, Interfluve, Inc.
Will Conley, hydro-geomorphologist/boater, Yakama Nation
Sam Kolb, WDFW habitat biologist
Diane Driscoll, Fisheries Biologist, NMFS Habitat Conservation Division
Tom O'Keefe, Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director, American Whitewater
Tim Hardin, kayaker & Klickitat County Search & Rescue 

4:30-4:40 Wrap-up
*Q&A and raffle drawings will take place between the presentations
**Boat-washing demo in front of Fire Hall (Jesse Schulz/WDFW) at 1:30 and 4:40**

5 to 7 PM Evening Social Paddle & Competitions
"Trash Bash" competition - prizes for the most interesting, heaviest, or most pieces of garbage picked up from the river
w/prizes by supporting businesses/sponsors, including the Kayak Shed and Columbia Gorge Kayak School

Film showing: "Oregon Field Guide Special: The White Salmon River Runs Free" by local filmmaker Andy Maser

7 to 11 PM White Salmon River Party 
w/ Food by Solstice Pizza
w/ Beer & Wine by River Side Café - $ by the glass
w/ Music by The Shed Shakers
w/ River Movies (pending)
LOCATION: River Side BnB & Café, Husum

White Salmon Riverfest photos

Info booths:

• US Forest Service-Wild & Scenic Rivers
• Yakama Nation
• Friends of the WSR
• Mid-Columbia Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group
• Columbia Riverkeeper
• American Whitewater
• Invasive Species --USFS/Klickitat & Skamania counties NWCBs
• Underwood Conservation District
• US Fish & Wildlife Service

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. In 2011, kayak instructor, raft guide, and wordsmith Susan Hollingsworth joined the planning team. This year, the team helping Jaco is Sunny Bourdon and Emily Bozeman, both in their first year working for Wet Planet. They are excited to help make this year's event a success!  

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!

Mark your calender and stay tuned for more updates to come!


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