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Washington Rafting Day Trips

The scenic and snow-capped mountains that call Washington State home make for many different outdoor adventure options. It is the rafting choices that these mountains provide that offer memorable experiences for all ages.

The Nisqually River , near Olympia, is a historic waterway used by Native Americans and Pioneers. This is a scenic and family friendly river rafting trip with wildlife sightings which include eagles, hawks, beaver and deer.

The scenic Skagit River runs through North Cascades National Park and is another great family rafting experience.

The Skykomish River , located near near Gold Bar, is considered by many to be the ultimate whitewater river experience in Washington State.

The Tieton River , with rafting adventures primarily in the fall, takes runoff from the Rimrock Lake Dam (near White Pass) to produce an exciting trip.

Located near Castle Rock, the Toutle River offers bottomless holes in the shadow of our own active volcano, Mt. St. Helen.

Summer weather on the east side of the state offers a great experience while enjoying the Wenatchee River near Leavenworth. This is one of the most popular river runs in Washington State.

The White Salmon River features glacier water runoff and offers Class V "Husum Falls" as an option for those brave enough (not required to enjoy the entire experience of this whitewater roller coaster).


Green River

The Green River Gorge is Seattle’s best kept whitewater secret. The Green is a twisting, wild, boulder-choked whitewater stretch through a beautiful steep - walled canyon. The combination of constant whitewater action, and stunning scenery make the Green River a guest and guide favorite. Give us a call and ask about our Green River Gorge trip, trust us, you don’t want to miss out on this thrilling whitewater adventure. We provide professional - certified guides, and all the river equipment you will need.

  • Trip Length: 5 hours
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Season: April-May ( Dam released)
  • Intensity Level: IV

Skagit River Whitewater

Stunning scenery and mild whitewater action make the Skagit River a perfect introduction into whitewater rafting for the entire family. Flowing through North Cascades National Park the Skagit River is known best for its magnificent scenic views, and emerald green waters. Located near Newhalem, Washington this Wild & Scenic stretch established in 1978 winds for 8 miles through the pristine wilderness of the North Cascades. We provide professional - certified guides, and all the river equipment you will need.

  • Trip Length: 4 hours
  • Minimum Age: 8
  • Season: August
  • Intensity Level: II-III

Skykomish River

The Skykomish river is the ultimate class V whitewater rafting experience in Washington State. Only an hour outside of of Seattle you’ll find intense whitewater action mixed with amazing scenery comparable to Patagonia. The crystal clear water of the “Sky” flows around house sized boulders creating unique and challenging rapids. The Skykomish is known best for class V “Boulder Drop” rapid - the longest and most challenging rapid in Washington. “Boulder Drop” isn't the only rapid you will experience on this beautiful stretch, you will paddle through “Railroad" rapid, “Deja Vu" rapid, “Lunch hole" rapid, and “Aquagasm” rapid. If you are in good physical condition and have been rafting before then the Skykomish River is a great option and a wonderful way to step up your whitewater rafting game. We provide professional - certified guides, and all the river equipment you will need.

  • Trip Length: 4 hours
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Season: Late March - mid/late July
  • Intensity Level: IV-V

Tieton River

The Tieton River is the most anticipated river stretch of the season. Located just west of Yakima on Hwy 12 in the Okanogan - Wenatchee National Forest the Tieton river roars with excitement for 14 miles of class III+ whitewater. While just a creek in the Summer months, in September Rimrock lake is released feeding the mighty Tieton river creating roller coaster like wave trains, and rapids such as “High noon”, “Waffle-wall,” and “Grasshopper.” With Fall colors surrounding you, warm desert weather and water that has been heated by the Summer months you’ll be happy to get the chance to raft on this river in September. The Tieton river marks the end of the whitewater season in Washington state, so make sure to book a trip on this beautiful stretch before the water is gone for the year. We provide professional - certified guides, and all the river equipment you will need.

  • Trip Length: 3.5-4 hours
  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Season: September
  • Intensity Level: III+

Wenatchee River

Snow melt, and high river flows make for an exciting Spring on the beautiful Wenatchee River, known best for its playful wave trains, and exciting rapids like “Drunkards Drop,” “Rodeo - hole, “ and “Snowblind,” this river rafting adventure will have you begging for more at the take-out. The rapids and beauty are not the only thing that bring thousands of river enthusiasts out every year. The warm weather and sunshine are both key contenders in why this river is the most popular whitewater trip in Washington State. The Wenatchee River is a great rafting trip for all skill levels and ages 10+ years. Are you looking for a fun and family-friendly whitewater rafting trip? Join us in late July and into August for the perfect rafting trip for the whole family. We provide professional - certified guides, and all the river equipment you will need.

  • Trip Length: 4-5 hours
  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Season: April- early August
  • Intensity Level: III+

White Salmon River

In the beautiful Columbia River Gorge you will find the Wild & Scenic stretch of the White Salmon River. This now free-flowing river offers non-stop whitewater action and clear glacier melt from Mt. Adams. Starting your rafting experience in the town of BZ corner it won't take long for you to get hooked on the excitement and beauty of this magical river. The river trip starts off with class III rapid “Top Drop” which will give you just a little taste of the whitewater action still to come. Paddling through the basalt - walled gorge you’ll find yourself thinking, “Is there possibly a more beautiful place?” You will then navigate through “Stairstep rapid”, “Grasshopper rapid,” “Corkscrew rapid”, and “Waterspout rapid,” which seem to never disappoint. Don’t worry the trip isn’t over yet, class V “Husum Falls” is an optional exhilarating 10-foot waterfall towards the end of the trip and is guaranteed to get your heart pumping. (12 years and up). If you opt out of taking the plunge and experiencing the thrill of Husum Falls your rafting trip isn’t over. With 2 more miles of excitement ahead you can “ride the bull” through “Rattlesnake rapid” which is a highlight for most guests on the White Salmon River. Join us on this 8 mile Wild & Scenic stretch in July and August and see what all the hype is about. We provide professional - certified guides, and all the river equipment you will need.

  • Trip Length: 3.5-4 hours
  • Minimum Age: 10 (12 for waterfall)
  • Season: Late July-August
  • Intensity Level: Class III-IV (optional V)

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