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White Salmon River Fest

Annual White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium

9th Annual White Salmon River Fest ~ Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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.

2014 White Salmon River Fest and Symposium schedule:

2 PM White Salmon Community Raft Float – $27.50/person (by participating outfitters. Facilitated by Wet Planet, meet at our outpost)

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

4 – 5 PM Outfitter BBQ – by Wet Planet & All Adventures
Husum Fire Hall

5 – 7.30 PM – Symposium
Husum Fire Hall
5:00  movie Damnation
6.30 – 7.30 Panel discussion & forum: Future use of river and co-existence of user groups.

Panelists (to be finalized):

  • Capo Rettig, World Class Kayak Acadamy
  • Todd Collins, Wet Planet Rafting & Kayaking
  • Yakama Nation
  • Sam Kolb, WDFW habitat biologist
  • Susan Hollingsworth, Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director, American Whitewater
  • Tracy Zoller, fisherman

7.30 to 11 PM White Salmon River Party 
w/ Food by Big Man Rotisserie
w/ Beer & Wine by River Side Café – $ by the glass
w/ Music by Keel Brightman and the High Prairie Ramblers
LOCATION: River Side BnB & Café, Husum

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 White Salmon RiverFest 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.  This year,  Heather Kowalewski from All Adventures Rafting and Capo Rettig from World Class Kayak Acadamy are helping organize the event. They are excited to help make this year’s event a success!

Helping to facilitate events like the White Salmon RiverFest 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!