The History of Wasco County
White River Falls Links

White River Falls State Park Photos

White River Falls

White River Falls

White River Falls

Power Plant

Power Plant Interior

Power Plant

Lower Falls

Lower Falls

White River below falls

According to Oregon Geographic Names, 6th Edition by Lewis L. McArthur, p.649-650

This stream has a descriptive name, resulting from the color of the water when glacial silt and sand are present. William Clark's journal calls it the Skimhoox River. The name "White River" probably came into use in the 1840's.

Official State Parks White River Site They have some fantastic Quicktime VR images on their site as well as a map and lots of other information.

Northern Wasco County PUD has some information on the history of the powerhouse. Itwas originally built by the Wasco Warehouse Milling Company in the 1900s to provide power for their machinery in The Dalles.

L.E.: The white color is most obvious in the hot summer months when glacial melt is at its highest. The color actually is similar to a chocolate milkshake and is most evident where the mouth of the White River meets the deep green waters of the Deschutes. They flow together as two different colored streams for a short distance. When its very milky, it can make fishing on the Deschutes below White River quite difficult.

 

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9/27/13