Klickitat River Yakama Indian Reservation to Klickitat Salmon Hatchery

White Salmon, Oregon

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The remote upper run begins near Mount Adams, which was called “Klickitat” by Native Americans. The highest put-in is by the Yakama Indian Reservation boundary. Nonnatives are prohibited beyond here. The put-in is east of the road, down the slope, and through the woods. The long, steep slope with loose soil and many fallen logs requires use of a short line to lower a boat because a runaway boat may not stop until reaching the bottom or crushing a companion. An alternate put-in, preferred by rafters, is located 3 miles downriver at Gauging Station Campground. Once on the river, you will not want to take out because the canyon is remote and mostly inaccessible. Character: canyon; forested.

Klickitat River: Yakama Indian Reservation to Klickitat Salmon Hatchery Professional Review and Guide

"The remote upper run begins near Mount Adams, which was called “Klickitat” by Native Americans. The highest put-in is by the Yakama Indian Reservation boundary. Nonnatives are prohibited beyond here. The put-in is east of the road, down the slope, and through the woods.

The long, steep slope with loose soil and many fallen logs requires use of a short line to lower a boat because a runaway boat may not stop until reaching the bottom or crushing a companion. An alternate put-in, preferred by rafters, is located 3 miles downriver at Gauging Station Campground. Once on the river, you will not want to take out because the canyon is remote and mostly inaccessible. Character: canyon; forested."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: White Salmon
Distance: 13
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best during snowmelt season; Flow: 800 cfs; 1,800+ cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Klickitat River: Yakama Indian Reservation to Klickitat Salmon Hatchery

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