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P7110020Here in the Columbia River Gorge, we have many rivers to keep even the most skilled boaters coming back for more. Some of the best paddlers in the world call this area their home. Tao Berman, Nate and Heather Herbeck and Christie Glissmeyer just to name a few, live within a few miles of the Green Truss section of the White Salmon River. This section is home to the Gorge Games down river race and many other races. The rest of the river is filled with sections for all skill levels. That is just one river of the many we are blessed with in this region.

Other rivers worth mentioning are the Clackamas River, home to the upper Clackamas River Whitewater Festival in the spring and the East Fork of the Lewis River, home of the Northwest Creeking Competition. Rumor has it that Canyon Creek is back after begin shut down for the last few years due to a landslide blocking the put in. The Hood River is a great river for folks who are just starting to creek and want a continuous creeky style river.

All of the above rivers plus many more are detailed in the book, Soggy Sneakers, written and updated by several local paddlers. This book is now in it’s fourth edition and is also available in the “Kindle” ebook edition.

The one thing that makes this area the absolute best place to paddle is the people. One day you can paddle with a world record holder and the next you can paddle with an ordained minister, heck, he even married my wife and I.

Recent News and Info

Mark Morris High School Demo Day

April 24th, 2014 Contributed by: patricks

About a month ago I took an ACA certification course with Sam Drevo at Enrg Kayaking. While I was there I met a lot of amazing people. One who I connected with right away was Cheri Holman. Cheri was very exuberant and all about getting people into the sport. I shared with her my idea ... Read More →

Saltwood Paddles “Habit”.

September 16th, 2013 Contributed by: patricks

A couple weeks ago, we were heading back from a trip down the White Salmon from BZ Corner to the Columbia when we heard all of our paddles come off the top of our car while we were driving down I-84. My wife quickly got us in the breakdown lane and I got our of ... Read More →

Oregon Whitewater Association Youth Summer 2013 Newsletter

August 1st, 2013 Contributed by: patricks


I recently helped organize the World Kayak Family Fun Day on the beautiful White Salmon River and met some awesome kids. Amedeo is 10 years old and he enjoyed the day with his parents and his sister Aurora who is 7 years old. Both these kids were patient, kind and full of smiles.  Amedeo ... Read More →



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