Located in southern Washington, White Salmon is a special place for sports enthusiasts. Named by the Lewis & Clark Expedition for the salmon they found in the White Salmon River, the name is the first hint at recreational activities. (Fishing… it’s fishing.)
When in the city, make sure to book a rafting trip on the White Salmon River. With class III (intermediate) and IV (advanced) rapids- this is something for the adventurist in all of us! With River Drifters, you can book a half-day or a full day rafting trip from March through November.
Picture from River Drifters website
Another great water sport option is fishing! Perfect for the youngest member of the group to the oldest. Fishing in White Salmon includes fishing in the Columbia River Gorge. Before heading out, make sure to check out the state regulations. With over a half dozen different varieties of fish to be caught, make sure to visit the Little White Salmon River for salmon and steelhead, and the Upper Little White Salmon for rainbow and brook trout. If you’re interested in booking a professionally guided Columbia River salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing trip, visit the Skamania Lodge for more information!
Alongside the W.S. River, camping is a great way to spend a couple of days getting in touch with nature. For example, the Moss Creek Campground, inside of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and along the river- guests can enjoy a setting of thick hemlock canopies, surrounded by cedar, fir, and maple trees. Due to the great shade and closeness of the trees, this makes Moss Creek Campground the ideal spot to get out of the heat come summertime. Within the campground you can fish, walk trails with your pets, picnic and enjoy a campfire ring. For more information, click here.
Hiking in White Salmon provides beautiful backdrops and landscapes. Coyote Wall, is one of the most popular trails in the area. Clocking in at almost eight miles total, this “lollipop loop” (start is the same as end), is great for families or people looking for a more leisurely hike. With an elevation gain of over 1,700 feet, hikers will need to watch out for poison oak, snakes and ticks.
Spokes bike park provides 19 acres for non-motorized BMX and trail biking. Turning a once city debris dump into a bike park was no easy feat, but was built with the help of volunteers to help get the community more active in a creative way. Located at NE Tohomish St, Cook, WA 98605, USA.
With so many outdoor options, it’s difficult not to be drawn to White Salmon. While there are dozens of things to do within the city limits, there are also nearby options. In around one hour, you could be at a trailhead in Mount Adams, or in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, or even Catherine Creek. The opportunities to get moving here, are truly, endless.