Was it only the sections above the Condit dam that were paddleable previously?
The normal sections people run (farmlands, green truss, and middle white salmon) are above the old dam. There is enough water through rain/springs that the river has enough water to paddle all year. People occasionally paddled below the dam, but most of the action was above.
The question now is when is the first Mt Adams to the Columbia multi day trip going to happen.