White River is known to most Oregonians living west of the Cascade Mountains as the glacial silt laden river flowing down from the White River Glacier on the south side of Mt. Hood, and that it periodically floods out the bridge where Highway 35 crosses it on the say to Hood River and Mt. Hood Meadows. The lower part of the river is very different and quite beautiful as can be seen from this view of the falls in White River Falls State Park, a few miles before the White River flows into the Deschutes, just upstream from Shearer’s Falls. The water still contains some suspended silt, accounting for its rich color as it flows through the various features of the volcanic landscape on the east slope of the cascades. Historically, this is the site of the first hydroelectric project in the state of Oregon, which was developed in 1909. Click on image to enlarge.