White Salmon Middle Gorge River Map
White Salmon River
Our Hallmark and most popular rafting adventure: this is the section of the White Salmon River that the Zoller’s pioneered and runs year round and includes the option of Husum Falls (Class V waterfall) water level permitting. This trip features Class III rapids during the summer months and Class IV in the higher spring-time water flows and is miles of whitewater rafting fun. Offered year round. 9:00 & 1:30 July - Sept. 9:30 & 1:30 May - June. Mid-day all other months.
- 1-5 guests = $65
- 6-12 guests = $60
- 13+ guests = $55
- Children 12 & under=$50
Class III/IV Depending on water levels
Budget 3.5 to 4 hours out of your day. On river time equals 2.25 hours of whitewater rafting fun.
Select the areas on the map on the right for detailed river information.
south from Mt. Adams to the Columbia River Gorge, the White Salmon
River is a two-hour adrenaline rush through a picturesque canyon.
More than a leisurely float, it's an exhilarating progression of
class two, three, and four rapids, interspersed with quiet pools
and delicate waterfalls.
When most Pacific Northwest white water rivers are reduced to a late summer trickle, the spring-fed White Salmon River maintains a healthy base flow for year round rafting. Even in the summer, the trip comes complete with a cool soaking!
The White Salmon is more than a white water rafting river, it's an experience of natures beauty. Be prepared for a visual treat of lush vegetation, steep canyon walls, wildlife and clear rushing waters.
The White Salmon River is listed as a "Wild and Scenic River" by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System The White Salmon River is one of only three rivers listed for the state of Washington.
See our frequently asked questions page for additional information.
View of the White Salmon River launch point
Corkscrew Rapid, A big drop and splash
Boats line up for Highway hole on the White Salmon River
Mini Rafts – An Exclusive Adventure from Zoller’s
- Take your whitewater fun up several notches with our new four seat “mini rafts”.
- Designed to hold only four customers at a time, these miniaturized whitewater rafts are so small they make each rapid, even the smaller ones, more exciting. In high water, these rafts are the ultimate adventure ride.
- Spring through June mini raft seats are purchased in blocks of 4 (fill the raft for $360) for our Middle Gorge trips and July – Sept the mini rafts are moved to our “Upper Gorge” high adventure run and seats can be purchased in random numbers.
- If you are looking for the “sports car” ride of all whitewater rafting, this is the choice for you!
Whitewater Rafting Fun Fact #7
What makes a whitewater rapid and rapid? The word rapid alone gets us started because when water gets moving fast or “rapid” it will start bouncing. Since water does not compress, anything it hits causes it to bounce. The bouncing action is what makes a whitewater rapid. The three things the moving water bounces off of most are the canyon walls, boulders and water itself. Combine the bouncing with moving down-hill really fast (a steep gradient) and you get a lot of bounce, or, whitewater. Washington’s White Salmon and Klickitat Rivers are known for their fasts moving water and lots of stuff to bounce off of, giving them the best whitewater rafting water we could hope for. The canyon walls are very tight on both rivers in some spots and it squeezes the river tight (bounce) and then expands again. Add into the squeeze factor large boulders for the water to bounce off of and you get lots of whitewater. In one particular spot on the White Salmon River at Husum Falls, the river drops 14 vertical feet in a space of about 8 linear feet with 9 feet of the drop being straight up and down. With all of this whitewater volume going straight down it hits the riverbed and does and amazing bounce back up causing the whitewater to bounce into the whitewater. Remember, going over Husum Falls is OPTIONAL. It is an easy walk around where you can cheer for those attempting the big drop.