The "K" as we call it is a wonderful little river that drops down off the flank of Mt Adams and discharges into the Columbia just a few miles from my fishing cabin, although the drive around by way of The Dalles bridge takes 20 minutes just to get that three miles. It then ascends through the deep basalt shoulder of the Columbia Gorge itself, narrowing to three feet in a few places before spreading out into a more manageable fishing river 4 miles above the mouth. One can watch samon and steelhead jumping "the falls" when the run is on. One is, inevitably these days, in competition with lots of boats and gear fishermen. But there is, for those willing to work, lots of water that is untouched. The clearing of the glacial runoff which clouds the river through the summer is a hotly anticipated event by many in the Northwest.
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