As kayakers, experiencing a new river is as easy as hopping in a car and driving to a new region. However, rarely do we get to feel the swiftness of a river only recently uncovered right in our backyard. On Sunday, November 11, 2012, a group of river activists, fish biologists, community members, rafting professionals and avid kayakers gathered to share in this unique moment on the new stretch of the White Salmon River.
Located in southern Washington State, the White Salmon River was blocked by 125-foot Condit Dam until just over a year ago. On October 26, 2011 a planned explosion released the river, commencing a year-long process to fully remove the concrete structure. Now, a year later, the White Salmon River flows freely from source to its confluence with the Columbia River.