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White Salmon River Fest

Annual White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium

10th Annual White Salmon River Fest ~ Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The White Salmon River Fest and Symposium celebrates the White Salmon River and the environment, community, and history that surrounds it. The river is an invaluable social, recreational, and economic benefit to those who call it home.

The River Fest and Symposium aims to gather the local boating and non-boating community for a day of celebration, education, legendary whitewater, food, dance, and more.

In celebration of the White Salmon River there will be guest speakers, a community raft float, kayak clinics, a kayak slalom, and a party at Big Man’s BBQ! Our goal is to provide an educational resource for the professionals that work on the river and the community members that live nearby.

Since the removal of Condit Dam in 2012, 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.

2015 White Salmon River Fest and Symposium schedule:

9 AM – ~1:30PM White Salmon Community Raft Float - $25.00/person (by participating outfitters. Facilitated by Wet Planet, meet at our outpost)

Location: Wet Planet

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

At check-in guides, naturalists, and geologists will be giving a Sense of Place presentation about the Lower-Lower section of the White Salmon River. The float will launch from below Husum Falls and go all the way to the Columbia. Easily identified interpreters will be spread throughout the group and each guide will be seasoned and knowledgeable about the Lower-Lower section.

2:30 – 4:30 PM Restoration Party at Northwestern Park

Representatives from Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project will be on-hand at Northwestern Park to direct volunteers in helping perform vital maintenance on the restoration project at Northwestern Park.

2 – 6 PM – Kayak Events & Clinics by Wet Planet

Location: Wet Planet

• Boofing and Race Kayak Clinics on the Middle White Salmon
• Surfing, S-Turns, and Ferry Kayak Clinics on the Lower White Salmon
• Kayak Rolling Clinic for Youth and Beginners in Wet Planet pool (2-4PM)
•  SUP Clinic on the Lower White Salmon

6 – 7 PM Husum Kayak Slalom 

Location: Above Husum Falls

6 – 8 PM – White Salmon Paddle Party
Location: Big Man Rotisserie
w/ Music by Keel Brightman and the High Prairie Ramblers

Info booths:

• Yakama Nation
• SHARE the WSR
• Friends of the WSR
• American Whitewater
•••• And more TBA!

History of the Festival

The annual White Salmon RiverFest and Symposium began as a Headwaters Institute seminar, created by Wet Planet co-owner Jaco Klinkenberg in 2006. The goal was to increase the knowledge of the river system for local professional river guides, boaters and community members.

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!

Put July 15th, 2015 on your calendar and subscribe to our Twitter for more updates!