Klickitat Wild & Scenic River

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Klickitat River

The lowermost 10.8 miles of the Klickitat River, from Wheeler Creek to the confluence with Columbia River, are designated as a Wild & Scenic River. This stretch of river begins as a broad canyon with rolling hills that drops at a steady gradient of 26 feet per mile before cascading into a Class V gorge around river mile 2 with an unrunnable entrance feature.

A significant anadromous fishery supporting steelhead trout, Chinook salmon and coho salmon, the Klickitat offers boating, fishing, hiking, and sightseeing opportunities. Fishing is particularly exceptional from July through September when this glacier-fed river runs clear.

The Yakama Nation have been dip-net fishing continuously in this area for generations to catch salmon and steelhead. Please share the river with respect. (Learn more about Tribal dipnet fishing.)

Permits are required for commercial outfitters - click here for our current list of guides

For current river flows and levels, check the U.S. Geological Survey streamgage.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Lyle, WA

General Information


From Hood River, OR:

Cross the Hood River Bridge from Oregon into Washington and turn right onto State Route 14.  Travel 11 miles to the mouth of the Klickitat near Lyle, WA and turn left on State Highway 142.

From The Dalles, OR

Take Highway 197 north over The Dalles bridge to Washington State Highway 14.  Turn left at the "T" intersection and proceed approximately 7 miles through the town of Lyle.  Take a right on State Highway 142.

State Route 142 goes to the town of Klickitat, WA and also parallels the river and trail along the lower 15 miles of river.



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