Originally Posted by Learch
We are headed to the Lower White Salmon on the 16th of november. If anybody has any beta on Steelhead falls or you just want to go, post up! There will probably a couple kayakers and a raft with some space on it.
I've done this stretch. I personally wouldn't run Steelhead Falls in my raft - but lots of the dirtbags in the area do it. You can easily line a boat down.
Kayakers run it, but it has the potential to be a solid keeper. Safety shouldn't be hard to set if the plastic boaters want to run it. You will know steelhead falls is coming because there is a VERY sharp bend in the river with a nice landing area on river left. Some of the guide services have installed a couple of chicken lines on the left bank for portage - you will want them as the portage (if you do portage) involves wading in 15-20 inches of swift whitewater.
There will be wood. It is still changing frequently as the dam material continues flushing out. Make it a point to stay off the banks that are obviously being stabilized with vegetation.
There is also one rapid after the "narrows" (which is just below steelhead falls) that has a sneaky sharp rock the could pin a kayaker or flip a raft, though it will likely be far enough underwater that you will likely not see it this time of year.
Aside from this...enjoy. It is really beautiful around the old dam site and the narrows. The paddle out in flat water at the mouth of the river...less fun.
Keep your eyes peeled for Salmon!
**EDIT** Edit to include that the folks at Wet Planet will tell you if there is any wood to worry about. www.wetplanetwhitewater.com
the owner, Todd, is a standup guy and is active in teh community up there.