White Water Rafting Washington

Thrill seekers have been white water rafting Washington rivers for more than a quarter of a century. The diverse rivers offer exciting rafting at all levels.

Class I, II, III, IV or V, you choose the amount of excitement you can handle. Some day trips include a little bit of each, depending on which river you ride.

Professional outfitters give you as many choices as possible, including all of the most popular and exciting rivers Washington State has to offer.

White water rafting, Washington is a huge thrill whatever your skill level or ability.
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These rivers include: Tieton, White Salmon, Green River Gorge, Skagit, Nooksack, Methow, Wenatchee and the Skykomish river.

Seattle and Puget Sounds regions offer the beautiful Tieton and Wenatchee Rivers. The warm northern ranch lands have the exciting Methow river. But, the real action is in the White Salmon River, just an hour from Portland, which features class 4 and 5 white water and the Husum Falls.

White Water Rafting Trips

The Wenatchee River rafting trip has consistently been rated in the top ten rafting rides in the country. The hot weather and huge waves east of Seattle create an adventure of a lifetime. Paddling through the Alpine Lakes wilderness section of the trip, you are treated to breathtaking views of the snow capped peaks.

With the headwaters in the center of the cascades you experience awe-inspiring and ever-changing views around every corner.

You will feel like you have entered a new dimension as you descend the rugged mountain area of the Ponderosa Pine forests to the desert like conditions of the Wenatchee Valley.

The sheer volume of navigable white water makes riding the Wenatchee a thrilling mixture of roller coaster like waves and calm, more relaxing areas where you can soak in all of the magnificent mountain scenery. This trip is an all time favorite among various groups, such as family get togethers, church outings, and corporate team building exercises.

Leavenworth is a Great Base

One of the most popular places to start your Wenatchee River trip is in the absolutely stunning, picturesque town of Leavenworth Washington. This town is a perfect example of an authentic recreation of a Bavarian Village and is located at the heart of the Leavenworth valley.

Visitors from all over the world flock to this small village, and it is easy to see why. Aside from the beautiful ambiance of the village itself, you can enjoy wine tours in a luxurious twenty passenger limousine. Spend the night and get ready for your amazing white water trip in the morning.

In late August right through to the end of September you can book a seat on the Tieton white water rafting Washington trip. The river is controlled by a dam and offers a full twenty-one miles of action packed excitement. This is the fastest moving river in the state and by this time of year the water is nice and warm. The Tieton is an excellent end of season adventure for true thrill seekers.

White Water Rafting Washington North

White water rafting, Washington is a huge thrill whether you go solo or in a group
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A bit north of the glorious blue waters of lakes Winthrop, Twisp and Chelan you find the best way to enjoy a truly magnificent eastern Washington white water rafting adventure down the Methow River.

The combination of a warm, dry climate, plenty of sunshine, untouched hillsides and diverse wildlife add a special serenity to this relaxing and peaceful stretch of the trip.

But, hold on to your britches. The thrill of white water is just around the corner. The roller coaster action, giant waves and extensive mazes of rock formations, including the infamous class IV Black Canyon, the Hurricane and the Mother Lode have all the action a true whitewater enthusiast is looking for.

You can book a multi day trip that combines the full day Wenatchee river trip with the full day Methow river trip for a total of thirty miles of thrills and chills. All meals are included, plus you are provided with tents, safety gear and other equipment, which varies slightly from one outfitter to another.

White Water Rafting Washington South

The crown jewel of white water rafting in Washington State is the White Salmon river trip. The river itself flows out of Mt. Adams and descends down through a collapsed lava tube, offering up an intimate and action packed adventure.

You will be tossed around like a rag doll through the fast turns and sudden plunges as you maneuver your way along the most magnificent hanging garden paradise. Get ready to hang on tight for the Husum Falls. This is the biggest commercially navigable waterfall in the country.

If you aren't quite ready for the challenge, you have the option of getting out and walking around the falls. Don't worry, it is an short, easy walk. Even the most experienced rafters are only allowed to jump the falls during specific water levels. But, if you can muster the courage the fantastic class V thrill is definitely worth a try.

The White Salmon river is protected by the federal government as a "wild and scenic river" and is an incredible adventure for more experienced paddlers – not recommended for beginners.

You can book online with most outfitters. And many offer a video keepsake of your adventure, so you relive the thrill over and over again.

From calm and relaxing to wild and amazing, white water rafting Washington rivers guarantee a fun and exciting trip for every one.

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