Skykomish River Whitewater Raft Trip (Class III)

Come experience the thrill of five miles of Class III river adventure on the beautiful Skykomish River near Seattle. This river trip is a great introduction to whitewater rafting for young and beginning rafters before signing up for our more adventurous Main Sky Whitewater trip. You’ll enjoy rolling waves and exciting river features, separated by calmer water where you can learn about the river and water safety.

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    Index, WA
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    3 Hours
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This family-friendly, beginner-level rafting adventure at the River House in Index, our beautifully restored adventure facility. Here you'll view our safety video and receive your river gear; a wetsuit, booties, helmet, and pfd (changing rooms provided). Next, we'll shuttle to our nearby launch point where you'll be treated to an informative and fun "paddle talk" from your guide who will teach you some basic rafting paddlestrokes and safety techniques prior to launching the raft.

Your river adventure includes rafting on the beautiful Skykomish River through class III whitewater rapids such as Railroad and Fisherman's, with plenty of opportunities to learn about the river from your entertaining guide. This activity may include a chance to swim, try your hand with the "guide" stick, and compete in group challenges. We look forward to spending some time on this beautiful section of the river with you!

This limited season adventure is available during spring and early summer water levels, and is typically open from April to mid-July. Please note that at peak water levels (when water levels are at their highest point of the season) we enforce an increased age limit of 16+.

View more amazing pics from our Class III Skykomish River Rafting Trips on the Outdoor Adventure Center photo album on Facebook 

What to Bring
Each paddler will need to bring...

  • a swimsuit
  • a long sleeved fleece or polypropylene top (or rash guard) for sun protection and a bit of warmth
  • a towel

We also suggest croakies (a strap for your glasses - these can be purchased for $6-$10 in our Gear Shop, if needed), sunscreen, and a windbreaker depending on the weather. You are welcome to bring your waterproof camera and a sun hat/visor, if desired.

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