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BZ Corner (Husum Falls) Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the White Salmon River

Josh and crew, Husum Falls (optional rapid on rafting trips) at 2 Feet
There are fun things to do besides rafting on the White Salmon! Brent and the famous Husum Falls (an optional rapid on rafting trips) at 2 feet The first rapid of the day: BZ Rapid Class III Allstar guides having fun with some high water, BZ Rapid at 6 feet! Silas and crew getting warmed up at the put in.  BZ Rapid at 2 feet
Top Drop - BZ Rapid at 1 foot Rattlesnake Rapid at 1 foot Put-in Scene at 2 feet Husum Falls at 2 feet

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  • BZ Corner (Husum Falls) Info
    Use this information at your own risk. See our legal notices.
    Put In:  BZ Corner
    Take Out:  Norhwestern Lake
    Gradient:  45 ft/mi
    Run Length:  7 miles
    Flow Information (phone):  206-526-8530; White Salmon near Underwood.
    Good Level:  700 - 1,700 cfs
    Season Comments:  April, May, June, July, August, September, October
    Permit:  None required.
    Character/Similar To:  Narrow and shallow river with lushly forested banks. The water is very cold, even on a hot summer day because it comes from glacial snowmelt on Mt. Adams.
    Hazards:  Husum Falls, possible log hazards.
    Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
    Land Ownership:  Mostly private.
    Wilderness:  No
    Camping on River:  No
    Location:  In the Pacific Region (WA), 240 miles Southeast of Seattle
    Shuttle Logistics: 

    Put In: From the town of White Salmon turn north onto Washington Highway 141 and continue for about 4 miles to the Village of BZ Corner. Watch for signs to the private river access on the right bank. There is a fee to use this access area; for more information call 509-493-3691.

    Take Out: From the town of White Salmon drive north on WA Hwy 141 for about five miles and turn left onto Northwestern Lake Road. Follow this road about 100 yards past the bridge crossing the river and turn left into Northwestern Lake Day Use Area. There are alternate river accesses at Husum Falls (above or below the falls) and one about 2 miles downstream of the falls on Hwy 141.

    BZ Corner (Husum Falls) on the White Salmon River

    The put-in at BZ corner requires a carry of boats and gear down to the river. There is a nice rail system in place that makes it easy to transport both rafts and kayaks. About half way down the trail you can go left and this trail will take you to an eddy above the the first rapid. Continuing down on the rails will bring you right down to the first rapid called BZ Rapid. You can put in in the middle or at the bottom.

    BZ rapid has two main holes, the first is called Maytag the second is called Top Drop. Shortly after BZ rapid is an undercut cave wall on river right. The river bends left here and it is easy to avoid the wall. At high water it is more difficult.

    The White Salmon River contains fairly continuous class II-III whitewater throughout this run. There are a few more named class III-IV rapids like Corkscrew, Waterspout, and Stairsteps.

    Husum Falls is the hardest rapid on the trip. Traditionally it has been rated class V however at lower summer flows the consequences diminish and it should be rated as more of a class IV rapid with the main obstacle being shallow rocky water just below the falls.

    Husum Falls is a 10' waterfall just upstream from Husum Bridge. It can be scouted from the bridge and portaged on either the right or left side. At high water the hole at the bottom is sticky but at normal summer flows it is fairly flushy. The line in either a raft or kayak is to drive from left to right down the main channel and try to catch the flake of rock to the left side of the big boulder dividing the current. By doing this you will avoid hitting the meat of the hole.

    You will pass under Husum Bridge and another bridge where many people jump into the river from. A short class III- rapid below the second bridge is called Spider. You can take out here. There is a turnout next to the river to park your vehicle. Wavy class II continues for a few more miles to Northwestern Lake. For a good class II run, paddlers can put in above or below Spider rapid and paddle down to Nortwestern Lake.

    Last Edited by josho on 5/3/2011

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