Skykomish River Whitewater Raft Trip (Class III)




3 Hours






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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Arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled trip start time. Check in using your last name. Trips begin on time (don’t miss the boat!) with a greeting from your guides. After a brief orientation and safety video (about 10 minutes total) you’ll fill out a Liability/Medical Release Form for the trip. Once your paperwork is turned in, we’ll suit up in wetsuits and related safety attire. We’ll assign boat groups (generally 5-6 paddlers per boat) based on adventure level and who you have signed up with. Your boat guide will provide instruction on paddle commands and safety procedures before we launch. River time! After the trip, we’ll shuttle you back to The River House to change, enjoy the hot tub, view photos, share a drink, etc. Don’t forget to thank your guide (tips gladly accepted!)

The River House is home to Outdoor Adventure Center and River House Weddings. Easy to find, we’re 1 mile off of Highway 2 (Stevens Pass Highway) between Gold Bar, WA and Skykomish, WA. Physical Address: 444 Avenue A Index, WA 98256.

Each participant must review and complete our Liability/Medical Release form prior to taking part in an activity. Minors must have a parent signature. If you would like to have a copy of this form emailed to you please contact us.



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.

Person: Ages 11+