Condit Dam explosion, White Salmon River Restoration

Condit Dam explosion, White Salmon River Restoration Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

American Rivers worked for more than 10 years with our partners to lead the effort to remove the 95-year old, 125-foot Condit dam and restore the White Salmon River. The White Salmon flows from its origin on the slopes of Mt. Adams to its confluence with the Columbia River. Portions of the river are protected as Wild and Scenic and are part of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.

Removal of the dam began with a breach draining the reservoir on October 26, 2011, and will allow the White Salmon River to once again be home to abundant wild salmon and steelhead runs, restoring access to about 33 miles of habitat for steelhead and 14 miles of habitat for chinook. Learn more about the restoration of the White Salmon River as well as the Elwha River at