OWSR No. 43: White River

Rafting, Kayaking, and Stand Up Paddleboarding on the White River

Rafting, Kayaking, and Stand Up Paddleboarding on the White River | Photo: Zach Collier

Quick Facts

  • Managing Agency: Mount Hood National Forest (USFS) and Prineville District (BLM)
  • Designated Stretch: From its headwaters on Mt Hood to its confluece with the Deschutes River, excluding 0.6 miles at White River Falls
  • Designation Length: 46.8 miles (24.3 miles Scenic and 22.5 miles Recreational)
  • Outstanding Remarkable Values: Hydrology, Botany, Fish Habitat and Populations, Wildlife Habitat and Populations, Historic Resources, Recreation, and Scenic Resources
  • Wild and Scenic River Designation: October 28, 1988

More Information

Celebrated by Zach Collier and Dan Martin on September 3rd, 2018 by hiking around the White River near the Barlow Road.


Rafting on the White RiverZach Collier: My first time visiting the White River was to paddle from White River Crossing to Tygh Valley. I was immediately impressed by the scenery and solitude on a river so close to my home in Hood River. Our group consisted of rafters, kayakers, and stand up paddlers.

The rapids were generally Class III and IV but at the end of the run near Tygh Valley there were some logjams and junky rapids a few of us portaged.

A few weeks later we paddled the section upstream from Keeps Mill to White River Crossing. It was also fun and beautiful and we all especially enjoyed the solitude.


Northwest Rafting Company Exploratory Division