Little White Salmon River Fish Hatchery to Columbia River

Stevenson, Oregon

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The Little White Salmon has achieved legendary status in steep creeking circles, and its reputation is well deserved. Few runs anywhere have as many high quality rapids combined with such a long season. This creek almost always has enough water to run, which is very unusual for a stream that is so small and so steep. For those who have the skills, the Little White really should not be missed. Below the put-in you will find some playful class 2 to 3 drops in a very narrow creekbed with small eddies. Soon the creek tilts on edge and careens down through Gettin’ Busy, a 0.5-mile-long rapid that will keep even the best boaters entertained. This long boulder garden requires full-on, nonstop reactionary boating and can either be great fun or pure terror, depending on your ability level and flow. At lower flows (below 3 feet), plenty of small eddies appear, and at high flows (3.5 feet and above), the water becomes a massive gauntlet of beefy holes and wild hydraulics. Character: steep canyon; gorges.

Little White Salmon River: Fish Hatchery to Columbia River Professional Review and Guide

"The Little White Salmon has achieved legendary status in steep creeking circles, and its reputation is well deserved. Few runs anywhere have as many high quality rapids combined with such a long season. This creek almost always has enough water to run, which is very unusual for a stream that is so small and so steep. For those who have the skills, the Little White really should not be missed.

Below the put-in you will find some playful class 2 to 3 drops in a very narrow creekbed with small eddies. Soon the creek tilts on edge and careens down through Gettin’ Busy, a 0.5-mile-long rapid that will keep even the best boaters entertained. This long boulder garden requires full-on, nonstop reactionary boating and can either be great fun or pure terror, depending on your ability level and flow. At lower flows (below 3 feet), plenty of small eddies appear, and at high flows (3.5 feet and above), the water becomes a massive gauntlet of beefy holes and wild hydraulics. Character: steep canyon; gorges."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Stevenson
Distance: 4
Class: Class V
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 200-700 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Little White Salmon River: Fish Hatchery to Columbia River

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May 2018