Family Raft Adventure on the Skykomish River

This family-friendly Skykomish River raft trip is the best and closest nature trip to Seattle. On this half day river trip your family will experience a fully guided river adventure while enjoying each other and the simplicity of nature.

The Skykomish River offers scenic views of jagged snow capped mountain peaks, evergreen forests, wildflowers, and wild trout and salmon swimming beneath your boat. You will have the opportunity for water games (weather and parent permitting!), swimming, paddling, reading the water, basic family river safety, and snacks!

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  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • LOCATION
  • FORMS
  • Location:
    Index, WA
  • Activity Level:
    Relaxed
  • Season:
    Summer
  • Length:
    1/2 Day
  • Experience Level:
    Beginner
  • Pre-requisite:
    None
  • Ages:
    6+ with Parent

For added fun, your guides may bring along a few inflatable kayaks for those who need to get wet (water levels permitting). This gives variety and the opportunity to experience the independence and fun of paddling an inflatable kayak. Provided when available.

Ages & Pre-requisites
There are no pre-requisites for this river adventure! Those that want to expend some energy and play pirate games will have a blast, and those that prefer to sit back and watch can do that too. This is a meandering Class II river adventure suitable for kids as well as adults. Call to make arrangements for paddlers younger than 6.

Throughout your river tour, your guides will share fascinating local history from the pioneer days, point out salmon and waterfowl, and identify a variety of northwest flora and fauna. This is one of the top feeding grounds for the many bald eagles, osprey and hawks that make this river valley their home. We will have several points of interest along the way; natural clay deposits, a warm water spring, swimming holes, and picturesque points for amazing photos!

Rafting Fun for the whole family, this trip is designed for all who want to explore the Wild and Scenic Skykomish River at a more relaxing pace, away from the cares of everyday life! Ideal for families, school groups, environmental clubs, scouts, and classes.

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

  • a swimsuit
  • water shoes (or tennis shoes that you don't mind getting wet)
  • 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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Wine Tours
For adult groups of 6 or more, a cheese and wine variation of this trip is a great way to spend a summer afternoon! For an added fee, your guides will provide local wine and cheese pairings. Call or email for details.

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