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Field Notes

Covering the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest

September 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Welcome back, White Salmon River

A year after blowing up Condit Dam, the White Salmon River has come roaring back.

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Artist Elizabeth See’s painting of the White Salmon captures all of its unleashed beauty.

To celebrate the return of the river, a rafting trip, salmon feed and more are planned for Saturday.

The event includes low-cost whitewater rafting trips, a chance to share in a traditional salmon bake prepared by Yakama tribal cooks and updates on the restoration.

The raft float begins at Wet Planet Whitewater at Husum at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Reserve a spot by calling Wet Planet at 800-306-1673. The salmon bake starts at Northwestern Park at 3 p.m. but tickets are sold out. For more information, visit whitesalmonriverhomecoming.eventbrite.com or email susan@smhollingsworth.com

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A steelhead leaps Husum Falls in the spring of 2012, well upstream of the former Condit Dam, which was breached last fall and torn out. Demolition work is finishing up this month.

Photo courtesy Yakama Indian Nation

To learn more about Condit Dam Removal, read my stories in the Seattle Times and Field Notes

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