2004 Gorge Lifestyle magazine White Salmon Odyssey
Phil Zoller is synonymous with outdoor adventure in the Pacific Northwest. He and his son, Tracy, started the first commercial rafting operations on the While Salmon. In 2001 Phil sold his rafting business to his son Mark. Although retired from the white water rafting business, Phil is still active on the local rivers. Traveling up and down the Columbia on various small cruise ships. He lectures visitors and locals on various subjects including the journey of Lewis and Clark and the history of the natural surroundings. A historian, modern day explorer and pioneer in rafting the White Salmon River, Phil's knowledge of the Pacific Northwest and native scenes is unmatched.
In 2001. Mark and Sherri Zoller opened a new chapter of family rafting on the White Salmon river by establishing Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys, inc This year celebrates three generations of the Zoller family navigating the White Salmon as professional guides. In July. Mark and Sherri's oldest daughter Rachel will become the third generation of accredited white water guides on the White Salmon. The Zoller kids, Rachcl-17. Zach-15. Mckenzie-11. (Mark wanted a child named after a favorite river but Snake and White Salmon didn't seem appropriate) and Amanda-10. have grown up on the river, it's a great adventure for the whole family" says Mark. Zoller's Outdoor Odyssey caters to both corporate and family groups. "We take lots of families—kids as young as six or seven years old down all the time." Mark says that if the kids have an adventuresome spirit, they'll really enjoy the ride. Donned with helmets, wet suits, life jackets to protect the torso and booties, all precautions are taken to make the trip safe and comfortable for everyone. Zoller's Outdoor Odyssey is a state-of-art white water operation. With specially designed boats. extensive safety gear and experienced staff the trip is a great adventure for all. Their new rafting headquarters and retail center is the staging area for all their rafting activities. The new facility located on the banks of the river is the only location where you don't have to be. bused to a launch point. Here you will receive your ratting gear, get introduced to your rafting guide .and receive a briefing on safety and raging techniques. Zoller's operates on the White Salmon 12 months a year. And yes, they do accommodate the adventure ‘nuts" who look forward to a December trek down river. Phil Zoller and hi son, Tray started the first commercial rafting operation on the White Salmon. introducing thousands of people to the sport, and helping the White Salmon river become one of the most popular rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The White Salmon is known as the best commercial rafting adventure in the state of Washington.
Mark's older brother, Tracy, with his father, Phil, are experienced Northwest fishing guides. Together the family had guided groups and individual anglers down most of the rivers in the Pacific Northwest. When the eruption of Mt. St. Helens traumatically changed the fresh water Fishing on the Kickitat, older brother, Tracy, used his 4x4 and wench to lower his raft off the BZ Corner bridge to explore the potential of the White Salmon River. The mystique of the danger associated with the White Salmon was already well known. In years prior to Tracy's launch, two thrill seekers had both drowned. With careful skill and knowledge of navigating northwest rivers, Tracy completed his two hour trek through intense white water. Upon completing the trip Tracy proudly announced to his waiting father, "we are no longer fishing guides, we're white water river guides." Then began the Zoller's long history of rafting on the White Salmon
Immediately after starting the trip you will experience on exhilarating progression of class two, three and four rapids. This is not no leisurely Float, so be prepared to paddle, hold-on and get wet.
 GRASSHOPPER looks innocent enough, but hit it just right and you will get thrown for a ride!
 The next big rapid is named SIWASH. It gets its name from the way the water rushes into the bank and quickly turns back into the center of the river.
[3) You made the hairpin turn on Siwash and you're looking down stream at another tight turn. Don't get comfortable yet, because in that next turn is CORKSCREW. Here the river decides that it needs to pour through a narrow shoot, which creates a terrific set of class four holes to drop into. Pouring into the base of Corkscrew is a beautiful 20 ft waterfall. You probably won't see it because your eyes are closed. Next stop..., Granny Snatcher Also known as Waterspout rapids
 As one of the biggest rapids on the river, GRANNY SNATCHER is sure to provide you with a thrill. Stairstep falls is a series of four separate drops.
 About 4.5 miles from BZ corner is 8 to 10 foot Husum Falls. Our rafts are put ashore on the left bank, where you can watch the 8uides rope the rafts around the kills. The falls are fun to look at and when special arrangements are made in advance of the trip, special "falls" trips allow you to experience it up close. Otherwise, our rafts are put ashore. This is one of the few areas of the White Salmon River that is viewable from highway 141. This rapid was originally named Zoller Zap after the Zoller's early expeditions on the White Salmon. Zoller Zap is now commonly referred to as RATTLESNAKE. We tend to like the original name.
 Cool and clean Northwestern Lake is the perfect set ting for the end of your rafting trip. The park is complete with picnic tables and fishing dock. We provide transportation back up river to your vehicle at our original launch site. Until we meet again, keep your head above water!