Washington’s White Salmon River is free from 95 years shackled by a concrete wall. Watch this video of the hole PacifiCorp blasted yesterday through the base of the 125-foot Condit Dam, beginning the projected 10-month removal process of restoring the river’s free flow. Water from Northwestern Lake reservoir erupts through the blast hole, opening a new realm of paddling possibilities for this river-running hotbed.

Stay tuned HERE for Andy Maser’s image time-lapse sequence of the blast from multiple angles. And read more from American Whitewater HERE as well as our ongoing coverage and more insight into the paddling potential of the area HERE.