The City of White Salmon is comfortably situated at an elevation of 550 feet, on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, and Hood River, Oregon. The city takes its name from the nearby White Salmon River, which was named by the Lewis and Clark Expedition when they observed the river teeming with salmon whose color had turned white after spawning.

The views from the White Salmon are quite spectacular. From the bluff looking south one can see the river, the city of Hood River and its valley as well as the truly majestic Mt. Hood. Looking towards the northeast one can catch a glimpse of Washington’s Mt. Adams. The city also includes approximately 3/4 of a mile of Columbia River frontage, including access to the Hood River Bridge.

The phrase, “The Land Where The Sun Meets The Rain” is often used to describe the climate in and around White Salmon. The city is located 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 Columbia River Gorge serves as a funneling conduit for the differing air pressures on either side of the Cascades, resulting in reliable westerly winds in summer. The broad expanse of the Columbia River Gorge and the reliable summer winds have led to development of the area as a premier windsurfing and kiteboarding mecca.  In winter the pressure patterns reverse, putting White Salmon at the top of the funnel where the bulk of the Cascade range typically inhibits the chilly easterlies that buffet Portland at the west end of the funnel.

The area’s relatively mild climate and location combine to offer visitors and residents a recreation paradise. Hiking, camping and biking opportunities are abundant throughout the Columbia River Gorge, Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mt. Adams areas. Fishing is world class in the Columbia River and the abundant lakes and tributaries flowing off the High Cascades. Water enthusiasts can also sail, windsurf and kiteboard on the Columbia, or take a rafting or kayaking trip on either the White Salmon, Little White Salmon or Klickitat Rivers. In winter, downhill skiing is available at several resorts on nearby Mt. Hood and cross country trails are maintained throughout the Mt. Hood and Gifford Pinchot National Forests.

Because of its proximity to the Columbia River transportation corridor, White Salmon offers unique opportunities for progressive industrial development and has developed into an unmanned aerial vehicle nexus. 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. The City of White Salmon continues to invest in the retail-tourism sector. Art, restaurants, lodging, and recreational activities bolster the city’s retail economy. In general, the area’s farms, orchards, gardens, cattle, llamas, logging mills, fishing and hunting provide a special and diverse way of life for local residents. If you decide to become a neighbor instead of a visitor you’ll be in excellent company.

To find out more about White Salmon contact:
White Salmon City Hall (509) 493-1133, City Hall – 100 N. Main, Mailing Address: PO Box 2139, White Salmon WA 98672
Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce (509) 493-3630
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (541) 296-2266

Just the Facts

Population 5,731 (2010-2014), rank #281
Population Growth 12.64% since 2000, rank #259
Population Density: 39.07/sq mi, rank #370

Median Household Income: $54,655 at 2010-2014
—44.71% increase since 2000
Median House Price: $292,900 at 2010-2014
—92.19% increase since 2000
School District: , rank #527

Average Temperature – JANUARY- 33.0, JULY- 67.00
Annual Precipitation – 36.00″
Location – Sixty five miles east of Portland in Washington State, 1 mile from State Hwy 14, ~3 miles from Interstate 84.
—Nestled along the bluff overlooking the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, and Hood River, Oregon.


Land Area: 145.33 sq mi
Water Area: 1.36 sq mi (0.93%)

City: White Salmon
County: Klickitat County
State: Washington
Area Code: 509
Time Zone: Pacific GMT -8:00 with Daylight Saving in the Summer

Original text courtesy of Columbia Gorge Economic Development Association and statistics courtesy

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