White River Barlow Crossing to Deschutes River

The Dalles, Oregon

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The White River is one of three major rivers that originate as snowmelt from Mount Hood. In the spring, melting snow washes finely ground glacial silt down the mountain, clouding the river water. At such times the river gains a milky appearance, revealing the origin of its name. The upper river begins in open forest with glimpses of Mount Hood in the distance. After several miles of flatwater, the river slowly picks up speed and gains volume before reaching Keeps Mill Campground.

White River: Barlow Crossing to Deschutes River Professional Review and Guide

"The White River is one of three major rivers that originate as snowmelt from Mount Hood. In the spring, melting snow washes finely ground glacial silt down the mountain, clouding the river water.

At such times the river gains a milky appearance, revealing the origin of its name. The upper river begins in open forest with glimpses of Mount Hood in the distance. After several miles of flatwater, the river slowly picks up speed and gains volume before reaching Keeps Mill Campground."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: The Dalles
Distance: 36
Elevation Loss: 2,100 feet
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Class: Class III-IV
Season: November to mid-June
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to White River: Barlow Crossing to Deschutes River

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May 2018