White Salmon RiverFest & Symposium

The White Salmon River Fest celebrates the White Salmon River, the communities, and the natural and cultural history that surrounds this watershed.  The 12th annual White Salmon River Fest will be held on June 27 and 28, 2017.

The River Fest aims to gather the local boating and non-boating community together for celebration, education, whitewater rafting and kayaking, food, dance, and more. Founded in 2006 by Wet Planet, this year’s River Fest has been a joint effort including Brendan Wells from Mountain Mind Collective in Trout Lake, Alexa Williams from Friends of the White Salmon River, Jeanette Burkhardt from Yakama Nations Fisheries, and Zach Zoller from Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys.  More info here:  http://wetplanetwhitewater.com/blog-post/12th-annual-white-salmon-river-fest/

Schedule of Events: Tuesday, June 27

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Film Clinic at the Husum Fire Hall
Hosted and facilitated by local kayaker and cinematographer Brendan Wells.
Learn to create a story line, get the technical nitty gritty from your gear to editing, shoot the events, and help create a film.  (Information at the bottom of this page.)
Registration is $30 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2982670

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Zoller Trash Bash River Clean-up
Hosted and facilitated by Zach Zoller.
For information contact Zach at ZOO Raft.

6:00 PM: Symposium at the Husum Fire Hall– The White Salmon River: A River of Change.  Join us for the annual White Salmon Riverfest Symposium on Tuesday, June 27th. The symposium includes updates on the Condit Dam decommissioning, restoration and fish recolonization.  Speaker line-up includes:

  • Welcome and Intro by SHARE the White Salmon River
  • That is How Coyote Named it – Namnit and the People of the White Salmon River– Cheryl Mack, retired USFS archaeologist
  • White Salmon River Fish Recolonization Update, by Ian Jezorek, USGS fish biologist
  • Why Streams Meander and Other Mysteries of Nature, by Janine Castro, USFWS geomorphologist
  • Aquatic Invaders and How to Prevent Them, TBD, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Aquatic Nuisance Species program
  • Updates on: Condit Dam Decommissioning and restoration of the Underwood In-lieu site (Jeanette Burkhardt) and on the Klickitat County Shoreline Master Program Process (Pat Arnold)

Schedule of Events: Wednesday, June 28

  • Additional info on events below.
  • 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM:White Salmon Extreme Kayak Race on the Truss
    Hosted and facilitated by Brendan Wells
    Registration will take place at the event check in. More information available at the event’s Facebook page.  
  • 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM:Restoration Service Project & Kid’s Art Project at Northwestern Park
    Hosted and facilitated by Jeanette Burkhardt & Dawn and Josie Passant/Wet Planet Whitewater
    Families join in! Come create your own Salmon celebration banner, and help riverside trail restoration.
  • 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM:Community Rafting Trip on the White Salmon River at Wet Planet Whitewater
    (BZ Corner-Husum. Due to water levels we will not be able to do the stretch from Husum to Columbia)
    Hosted and coordinated by Wet Planet Whitewater for local residents, $30 per person. Please reserve your spot at 1-800-306-1673 or at wetplanetwhitewater.com
  • 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM:Kayak and SUP events in Husum
    Boater Cross between Husum Falls & Rattlesnake
    •   SUP Cross Race between Husum Falls & Rattlesnake
    Registration will take place at the event check in. More information available at the event’s Facebook page.
  • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM:White Salmon Fest at our private venue in Trout Lake
    Tickets available online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2977590 until June 25th for $15. Proceeds will benefit Friends of the White Salmon River.
  • Live music by Tony Smiley and The Naughty Sweethearts
  • Food provided by Big Man’s Rotisserie
  • Raffles with great prizes! Raffle tickets available for purchase separately at the event
  • Camping in a beautiful meadow
  • Beer provided by Ninkasi Brewing
  • Booths to learn more about your favorite local companies, groups, and organizations
  • Show your support for keeping our rivers clear of invasive species – bring a receipt from washing your whitewater boat at an appropriate location (such as a carwash) for a special prize

 Please purchase your tickets online before June 25th. Tickets will not be available at the door.


Donations are appreciated for individual events. Proceeds will go to SHARE White Salmon River Organization and Friends of the White Salmon River. For detailed information and to register for events, please also visit and follow us on www.facebook.com/WhiteSalmonRiverFest/


Film Clinic

Join Mountain Mind Collective film producer, director and White Salmon River local Brendan Wells for a fun and informative workshop.

Brendan and team will be covering the basics of how to use your digital camera to take stunning, professional quality photos and videos. The focus of this workshop will be to familiarize yourself with the latest digital cameras and editing software, and most importantly how to tell a great story through your media! Learn to plan and storyboard your films, shoot like a pro and learn tips and tricks for recording good sound and interviews, and the basics of lighting.

We will be exploring the basics of story telling with a special focus on rivers, conservation and stewardship. With growing concerns of the future salmon, and the entire ecosystem of the Columbia River Gorge and its tributaries, we will encourage participants to tell their stories and share their experiences of living in the Columbia River Gorge and how individuals can be stewards of our watershed. We encourage folks to create videos with the goal of sharing them at the first annual Columbia River Conservation film festival, planned for fall of this year.

Following the workshop, participants will be encouraged to go practice their skills by shooting the many WS Riverfest activities the following day. Bring your own digital camera or borrow one of the rentals we will provide for the workshop. An editting clinic will follow this event; location and date TBD.

Registration is only $30 for the entire day! Equipment will be provided to practice with, but please bring your own snacks, lunch and camera/computer if you have them. You must register online by June 25th for this great event at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2982670


River Restoration & Kid’s Art Project

Northwestern Park, June 28th, 10am-1pm

Join us at Northwestern Park in Husum, WA along the banks of the White Salmon River for ongoing restoration projects, kid’s activities, and tours of a local community garden.

Restoration Projects: Take a stroll along the White Salmon River, learn about native plants, and assist with an ongoing riverside trail restoration project. Facilitated by Jeanetter Burkhardt with Yakama Nation Fisheries.

Kid’s Activities: Come create your own salmon celebration flag with salmon stamps, paint and fabric. Free for all ages. Facilitated by Dawn and Josie Passant with Wet Planet Whitewater Center.

Community Garden: Explore the nearby Community Garden and learn about growing food in your own backyard. Facilitated by Eilidh with the local non-profit CultureSeed.