Do you consider yourself an outdoors person? Would you and your family rather paddle through fresh, rushing water then stand in a long line at a hot amusement park? Does it take bracing mountain water, splashing across your bow, and your brow, to get your blood racing? Are you a Splash Family?

Welcome to the Outdoor Adventure Center. The Adventure Center has a variety of family-friendly and/or instructional adventures set up for August, including Lopez Island 3 Hour Sea Kayak Tour, Redmond to Redhook Kayak Tour and the Total Immersion Whitewater Adventure Camp.

Other adventures include Hardshell Kayak Camp, River Kayaking 1 Day Course, 5 Day Teachin’ Trip in the San Juan Island and the 5 Day Photography & Sea Kayaking Adventure Trip. Want to know more?

* Lopez Island 3 Hour Kayak Tour:

This tour is fun and perfect for most families. Kayaking through the crisp water off Lopez Island in Washington State, porpoises, Bald eagles and harbor seals may be encountered. This adventure is considered appropriate for beginners including ages 6+ with a parent. The cost is $79 per person.

* Redmond to Redhook Kayak Tour:

For those wishing to introduce children to the joys of kayaking, this tour, in Woodinville, WA, is perfect. During the 1.5 hour tour, with the pungent scent of blackberries in the air, you and your family will paddle up the Sammamish River to a mouthwatering dinner at the RedHook Brewery. This kayak tour is for all, including 6+ with parent. Cost has been reduced to $79 per person.

* Total Immersion Whitewater Adventure Camp:

If you have a water-loving teen, who likes adventure, this may be the camping experience for them. Based in beautiful Index, WA, this 4 day/3 night overnight camp is a teen favorite. At a private campground, near the banks of Trout Creek and the Skykomish River, teens, supervised by highly trained instructors, will camp, bike, hike, paddle and swim. For ages 13-16, this adventure has been reduced to $895.00 per person.

* Hardshell Kayak Camp:

Beginning kayakers, who are confident swimmers, will love this camp. Each paddler gets considerable 1:1 instruction from our friendly, fully certified instructors. Teens, five days later, will leave camp water worthy, with strong kayaking skills. For boys and girls 13-16. The cost is now only $895.00.

* River Kayaking 1-Day Course:

All you ever needed to know about kayaking, compressed into eight hours. On the Skykomish River, in Index, WA, kayakers will learn about paddlestrokes, safety gear, maneuvering through currents and much, much more. This course is designed for confident swimmers who wish to acquire basic river running skills. For ages 16+. Now only $150 per person.

* 5 Day Teachin’ Trip to San Juan Island:

For instructional adventures, this is one of the most popular. For those with basic kayaking skills, this adventure, exploring the San Juan Islands along the Pacific Northwest coast, is a top choice. ACA guides provide instruction in kayak packing, setting up camp, camp cooking and reading a marine chart, among many skills taught. Other activities include exploring, kayaking, photography, hiking, socializing, beach combing and more. For ages 16+. $1,099.00 per person.

* 5 Day Photography & Sea Kayaking Adventure Trip:

Combines 3 days paddling and exploring the San Juan Islands with a 2-day photography/digital editing workshop. Your kayak guides will provide leadership in exploring the islands, setting up camp and meal preparation. Your photography instructor, Teresa Meier, is an editorial photographer based in Oregon. In a beautiful environment with wildflowers, driftwood and curious crabs, you’ll learn all the ins and outs of nature and adventure photography. For ages 16+, this adventure takes place August 6-10. The cost is $1,400.00 per person.

Advance registrations are required for all kayak adventures. Call 425-833-9039 to book your next splash adventure.


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Outdoor Adventure Center: Splash Families welcome!


In it’s annual poll, King5 Best Northwest Escapes has awarded Outdoor Adventure Center as 2014’s Best White Water Adventure. How cool is that?

The awards are based on more than 43,000 votes. The voters were rafting experts from the Northwest Washington area.

The fans have spoken. Voter Jared C. stated ”… over all, I give them 9.99 out of 10, because there’s no such thing as a Perfect company, but this one’s as close as it gets.”

Voter Andrew F. was pretty excited: “Absolutely the most fun you could have on the water in Washington.”

Another voter, Michael A., agreed: “Had an excellent time in Index thanks to a great rafting company. Cheers to Outdoor Adventure Center!”

Voter Jason K. had a great time: “Best family based business and great food after the float. Drop in at the River House and enjoy the food on the lawn after your float.”

Outdoor Adventure Center is based in beautiful Index, Washington, near Seattle. It’s only one mile off Highway 2. O.A.C. is considered, by many, to be the best white water rafting company in the West!

Outdoor Adventure Center has some unique advantages over other Washington State rafting companies.  O.A.C. is the only rafting company with river front property, and facilities, on the Skykomish River.

The Adventure Center offers rafting experiences for newcomers as well as seasoned rafters. For families with youngsters, there’s the Family Friendly float trip. For those with more experience, and seeking a thrill, the Adrenaline Pumping Class V White Water of Boulder Drop is available.

Home Base is the River House, a 100 year old restored building. Many rafting adventures include a delicious steak, or tasty vegan meal, access to an outdoor and indoor seating hot tub and a slide show of your unique rafting adventure. Rafters love to unwind, and relax, on our beautiful beachfront property.

And Outdoor Adventure Center doesn’t just offer rafting. Other opportunities include fishing trips, guided hikes to hidden lakes and mines, camping, gold panning, trail rides, eagle and salmon floats and much, much more.

For those seeking to expand their visit, historic Index, Washington offers much to see, taste and do. While it may not exactly be time travel, it sure is fun, enjoyable and relaxing.

For information about your next water adventure, and the Outdoor Adventure Center, call 1-800-282-4043 or go to
Don’t you deserve the best adventure?

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Do you yearn to return to the splash and excitement of whitewater rafting? Are you thinking of trying it for the first time? Is your budget holding you back? May is your lucky month.

Outdoor Adventure Center is located in beautiful Washington State, near Seattle. We’re is happy to announce our 2 for 1 rafting deals. It’s easy. First, you pick the date. Then you pick your rafting adventure.

Next, at, enter discount code “MAYSPLASH.” Automatically, you’ll get your upcoming whitewater rafting adventure at half price.

A special for May, this deal applies to Wenatchee and North Fork Skykomish river trips only, and when May is over, so is this rare deal!

Wenatchee River Rafting and North Fork Skykomish Rafting are both Class III. Each is special, and unique, in their own way.

Wenatchee River Rafting, launching out of Cashmere Washington, is designed for paddlers from 11 years old to the over 80 set. It’s ideal for family, or friends, who have never had a whitewater rafting experience. We call it rafting on the “dry side.”

People like the Wenatchee River for these reasons: Open canyon scenery and pleasant pace; plenty of Eastern Washington Sunshine; largest whitewater rafting drop, and pool, in Washington State.

All Wenatchee River trips start, on weekends, at 10 a.m. All adventurers are encouraged to have a large meal, and drink plenty of water, before joining their guides. The paddling trip takes four hours.

For May, the cost is half our normal $79.00 per person. What a deal!

North Fork Skykomish Rafting, for confident swimmers, is a five mile aquatic roller coaster of whitewater rafting thrills. We launch out of beautiful Index, Washington, at the confluence of the North Fork of the Skykomish River and Trout Creek.

We encourage you to bring towel, a polypropylene top or a long sleeved fleece, for warmth, and a swimsuit. The rafting trip takes 1/2 day.

The price is half off our normal $95.00 per person. This deal is for May only.

With warm temperatures on the way, and snow melting, Washington State will soon have fresh, rushing whitewater roaring down the rivers. Everything is new at the California Adventure Center. New guides, new tours and new fun. If you’ve been here before, isn’t it time you returned?

They say delayed gratification is a good thing. What are you waiting for? May, and half price whitewater rafting tours, are a dynamic duo! We know you work hard. Isn’t time you played hard?

 >> Wenatchee River Rafting (class III) 

>> North Fork Skykomish Rafting (class III)

If you have any questions, e-mail us, at, or call us at (425) 883-9039.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CENTER: TIME TO GOT WET! (Wenatchee Skykomish river trips)

Spring has sprung, and so have big discounts on whitewater rafting. Visit, and enter discount code “SPRINGSPLASH” at checkout to save 40% on your class III spring whitewater trips in April and May on the Wenatchee and Skykomish rivers (must book by April 30th). If you have any questions, call (425) 883-9039.

Seeking Rescue Courses, Roll Class or ACA Certification? Outdoor Adventure Center offers that too. Outdoor Adventure offers personalized courses, and expert instruction, to help you achieve your goals. They have various paddling options to meet your scheduling needs. Enroll in Raft Guide Training, take Private Lessons or enroll in a Certification Course.

Whether you just want to be a better boater, or intend to be a professional whitewater guide, Whitewater Raft Guide Training ($495.00 per person) is safe, fun and comprehensive.

Outdoor Adventure Center offers various kinds of certification programs including Wilderness First Aid Certification ($199.00 per person), ACA Costal Kayak Instructor Certification ($500.00 per person) and the Leave No Trace Educator Certification Course ($859.00 per person), among other certification options.

As far as kayaking, various private instruction options are available including Private Kayak Instruction-Full Day ($450.00 per person), Semi-Private Kayak Instruction-Full Day ($450.00 per person) and Private Kayaking Instruction-3 Hours ($225.00 per person), among other training plans offered.

Grab your trunks and pack your bag. There’s plenty of great rafting events and classes in April and May. April classes & events includes North Fork Raft Trips (April 15), Wenatchee River Trips (April 19) Wilderness 1st Aid & CPR (April 23), and Big Water Skykomish Rafting (April 26).

May events and classes include Kayak Rentals on Lopez Island (May 3), Lopez Kayak Tours begin (May 4), Redhook Kayak Tours begin (May 10), ACA Coastal Kayaking Class (May 16), National Safe Boating Week (May 17) and Intro to River Kayaking Class (May 31).

Ever thought of a family kayak trip? Stop thinking and start paddling. Launching from Washington State’s beautiful Lopez Island, the kayak adventures include a 5 Day Teachin’ Trip, a 5 Day Photography & Kayak Adventure, a 2 Day Lopez Island Family Kayak Trip and a 3 Hour Guided Kayak Tour. All the kayak adventures are wet, wild, educational and wonderful.

If you live in or near Seattle, WA, and prefer to keep your whitewater adventuring close to home, the Skykomish River, is the closest, and best, whitewater available. Visit to book your Spring and Summer rafting adventures today, or call : (425) 883-9039.

Isn’t it  time you got wet?


Are you a good swimmer? Do you enjoy the thrill and challenges of white water rafting? Are you seeking a career as a commercial rafting guide? Do you simply want to learn how to read the river, and know every aspect of a safe and exciting rafting experience, to enhance your personal enjoyment? Whitewater raft guide training may just be for you.


Your raft guide training will take place in beautiful Index, Washington. Adventure Rafting Company (formerly Wave Trek) has been training world class whitewater guides since 1983. The guides that train you are among the best trained, most experienced whitewater rafting guides on the West Coast.


The rafting training program goals include skills, safety, enjoyment, and job placement. Skills taught include river hydrology (reading water), how to prepare your raft prior to the trip, how to maneuver a raft downriver safely, how to prepare your crew of paddlers prior to their trip, how to teach paddling to your crew and what is the required safety equipment & what is optional.


Other skills taught are how to communicate effectively on the water, how and where to launch and land, activities and games that you can use with your crew, rafting-related terms, basic rescue techniques for water rescues, how to load and unload the raft trailer, how to rig safety and optional equipment onto your raft and much, much more.


Training Rivers involve Skykomish River (Index, WA), Methow River (Winthrop, WA), Deschutes River (Warm Springs, OR), Sauk River (Darrington, WA), Squat River (Darrington, WA) and Wenatchee River (Leavenworth, WA). Students usually have the chance to experience various whitewater rafting locations.


The raft guide training fee is $495.00. Upcoming whitewater raft guide training sessions are as follows: Session C – April 12-13, April 26-27 and May 3-4 & May 10-11; Session D – June 16-21. All training takes place on the weekends to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules.


If your are 18 or over, are a good swimmer and have a positive attitude, the whitewater is waiting for you. What are you waiting for? For more information,

go to or call 1-800-282-4043.

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Bringing back old traditions with Skyfest


Along with celebrating the river opportunities, Outdoor Adventures, and the University of Washington Kayak Club formed a synergistic relationship to invite partnerships with area residents, businesses, schools, clubs, and organizations to create an event that would draw participants and spectators to the Snohomish County recreational corridor to experience what we call Mild-to-Wild events and festivities.

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Family floats and Salmon swims are in!

August is the best time to enjoy warm summer temps and relaxing float trips on the Skykomish River! This is also the larger of the spawning seasons for pink salmon so now is the perfect time to experience the Skykomish River – raft and kayak only 1 hour from Seattle.

Kayaking Instruction

The river is as warm as it will get! It’s time to come out and practice your kayak rolling in front of the River House in Index. Then take a class and work on your combat roll with Jared, Justin or Blair on one of the Skykomish River’s whitewater sections. We’ll see you on the river!

Snorkle the River

Looking for some new river adventures? Come see the Skykomish River from a whole new perspective! Strong swimming ability required. Blair is excited to take you down the river – call for more details.

Rafting Season 2013

As the first snow begins to melt the river house begins to prepare for an exhilarating season of white water rafting. The Skykomish season began in May and went through the end of July this year. Whether it is on the North Fork, the Main or the Lower, we always seem to have a good time on the Skykomish River. Guide training was also a huge success this year. Our guides know exactly how to make rafting trips safe, fun and adventurous. We had a lot of big companies come out and experience the white water this year as well as families and church camps. Time flies when you’re having fun! Looking forward to another great rafting season!

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