The City of White Salmon overlooks the Columbia River Gorge with spectacular views of beautiful Mt. Hood and majestic Mt. Adams. Its incredible climate, often described as “The Land Where The Sun Meets The Rain”, owes to its location on the dry side of the Cascade Mountain range in a transition zone between the marine-influenced climate west of the Cascades and the dry continental climate of the inter-mountain region.

The city takes its name from the adjacent White Salmon River, named by the Lewis and Clark Expedition when they observed the river teeming with salmon whose color had turned white after spawning, and the salmon and steelhead runs are an angler’s delight. The surrounding evergreen forests and oak woodlands are perfect settings for all manner of year-round sport including hiking, biking,skiing, hunting, just about anything active people enjoy. Spectacular rivers and summer winds that funnel through the Gorge make this area a wind and water sport mecca.

The bountiful forests and orchards are the backbone of industries that the area was founded upon, while new technology and fermentation industries are rapidly expanding and opening new employment and investment opportunities. In particular, the White Salmon area has developed into an unmanned aerial vehicle nexus, and its proximity to the Columbia River transportation corridor offers unique opportunities for traditional and progressive industrial development. White Salmon also has access to nearby barge, train, air transport and interstate highways – all leading to Pacific Rim ports and other major transportation arteries.


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