White Salmon Homecoming Celebration

Condit Dam is out and the salmon are already leaping up the White Salmon River’s waterfalls and swimming through its deep pools. After 16 years waiting for the dam’s removal, it is time to celebrate.

You are invited to join us on Saturday, September 29th for the White Salmon River Homecoming Celebration. This community event is open to the public and offers the opportunity to experience the river’s whitewater through a morning raft trip and share in a free community salmon meal prepared by Yakama Nation and local Trout Lake gardeners in the afternoon. Additionally, the agencies and organizations helping in the restoration process will be present and excited to share their restoration work with the public.

Photo by Jeanette Burkhardt

Friends of the White Salmon River, Yakama Nation Fisheries, Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, and Wet Planet have teamed up as hosts of event. Together, they wish to commemorate the returning fish, new boating opportunities and shared values. Tribal members, fisherman, whitewater enthusiasts, and community members are all welcome.

Call Wet Planet at (877) 390-9445 to reserve your spot.

A morning rafting trip will be offered at a discounted rate for local residents. Private rafters and kayakers, along with local fisherman, are encouraged to hit the water as well. The afternoon’s festivities will begin at 2pm in Northwestern Park along the river, and will include a free salmon bake meal, presentations from local leaders and stakeholders, and an invocation by Yakama Nation. Please reserve your seat at the table soon, space is limited.


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