It may still be early, but the sun will be out soon! NOW is the time to plan your weekend getaways and summer paddling adventure with friends and out-of-town guests before all the best dates are gone. The options for adventures near Seattle are endless, and if you’ve been exploring the Northwest for awhile you might have a few favorite destinations. But if your outings are feeling a bit repetitive, or you need some inspiration, check out our handy guide of fabulous adventure destinations below. Your friends will thank you.
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 OutdoorAdventureCenter.com, 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?
Spring has sprung, and so have big discounts on whitewater rafting. Visit www.OutdoorAdventureCenter.com, 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 www.OutdoorAdventureCenter.com to book your Spring and Summer rafting adventures today, or call : (425) 883-9039.
September and October are the perfect time to get your feet wet in the sport of kayaking! Lower river levels and a slower flow rate during the fall months provide beginning paddlers with an easier learning pace, while still offering the option of experiencing waves and other hydraulic features that are either too fast, or too big to enjoy at the higher water levels that occur during the spring and summer months. The Skykomish River, just an hour outside of Seattle, Washington is a great place to take a river kayaking class, or if you’re more into ocean paddling you can check out a beginner-friendly coastal adventure at Bowman Bay! If this is your first time in a kayak, we suggest an inflatable kayak class or tour, or an intro class before tackling a hardshell kayak. Take a lesson or two in the fall from an experienced instructor, then include some paddler-specific exercises in your winter workout plan (and get in some practice sessions and rescue training at a local kayak pool session), and be ready to immerse yourself in the perfect Pacific Northwest sport when spring rolls around and the boating community comes out of hibernation (and turns in their skis and boards) for another great season of paddling adventures! The other best thing about kayaking… it is even more fun with friends! Bring your own, or make some new ones as you embark on your boating venture!
The choices on places to go and catch a fish are plentiful in the fall.
“We’ve got some great coho fishing going on right now, and it is about as good as I’ve seen in quite a number of years especially in the Skykomish and Snohomish,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. “There are lots of coho and most of the guys are very pleased with it from the tidewater in Everett all the way up past the town of Snohomish.”
Most anglers are trolling Brad’s Wigglers or 3.5 Mag Lips. Others are doing well just casting and retrieving Vibrax-like spinners and incorporating them with a small squid or floating eggs has been good in the flowing sections of the rivers. Small Dick Nites in a 50/50 and other varieties of color have also been doing quite well.
Other rivers garnering fair to good coho reports are the Stillaguamish, Cascade and Skagit. There are still a fair number of zombie humpies kicking around for those who’d like to catch them. Summer steelhead fishing has been fair in Reiter Ponds of the Skykomish.
On the coast, rivers like the Humptulips, Satsop, Wynoochee, Clearwater, Queets and Lower Hoh all have a good showing of salmon.
Those looking for kings should head east of the Cascades to the Columbia River in the Hanford Reach area where it remains good.
On the lake scene, the perch are biting well in Lake Washington on the docks of Seward Park, Coulon Park in Renton, Mercer Island at Luther Burbank and Kenmore. Cho are also being hooked up off Hunts Point and Yarrow Bay most by guys trolliner 3.5 Mag Lips or Brads Wigglers on downriggers.
The coho bite is starting to wind down in the saltwater although it is still fair in northern Puget Sound, Shipwreck to Browns Bay, Edmonds area, Richmond Beach to Shilshole Bay, West Point, Elliott Bay and Jefferson Head. It is also fair to good for blackmouth and coho in the San Juan Islands.
Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.