White Salmon & Klickitat Wild and Scenic Rivers

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. 

Find a guide: Look for current White Salmon & Klickitat River Outfitter Guides.

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White Salmon Wild and Scenic River

Fisherman in motor boat holding large salmon and smilingThe clear, blue waters and unique beauty draw visitors to the White Salmon River as well as the opportunity for an exciting ride! Continuous Class I, II, and III rapids with an occasional Class IV keep boaters on their toes.  Husum Falls is rated Class V and should always be portaged. 

Designated Reach: November 17, 1986. From its confluence with Gilmer Creek, near the town of B Z Corner, to its confluence with Buck Creek.

Designated Reach: August 2, 2005. White Salmon River from its headwaters to the boundary of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Cascade Creek from its headwaters to its confluence with the White Salmon River. This designation is not contiguous with the 1986 designation farther downstream.

Classification/Mileage: Wild — 6.7; Scenic — 21.0 miles; Total — 27.7 miles.

River Level - U.S. Geological Survey National Water Information System

Klickitat Wild and Scenic River

The flowing Klickitat River in the foreground and steep sided, brown hills in the background.Views of rolling hills and basalt landscape, as well as salmon and steelhead fishing, are enjoyed by visitors to the Klickitat Wild & Scenic River.

Designated Reach: November 17, 1986. From the confluence with Wheeler Creek, near the town of Pitt, to the confluence with the Columbia River.

Classification/Mileage: Recreational — 10.8 miles; Total — 10.8 miles.

River Level - U.S. Geological Survey National Water Information System