North Fork Skykomish River Rafting




3 Hours






The North Fork of the Skykomish River is “a whitewater rafting roller coaster ride” five miles long through the WILD SKY WILDERNESS. This Class III river adventure is a great introduction to rafting for every adventurer before signing up for our more adventurous Main Sky Whitewater trip.

  • Location:
    Index, WA
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  • Season:
  • Length:
    3 Hours
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  • Pre-requisite:
    Confident Swimmer
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Meet for introductions at The River House – our riverfront property in Index, Washington. After meeting your guides and viewing our safety video, we’ll gear up and transport you to our private launch site. You’ll enjoy scenic mountain views on your downriver journey through Wild Sky Wilderness. Our river trip ends in Index where you’ll enjoy our hot tub, riverfront, restrooms, Cafe and more!

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.



We start this 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 you up to our private campground where you’ll be treated to an informative and fun “paddle talk” from your guide prior to launching the rafts.

Our launch spot, at the confluence of Trout Creek and the North Fork of the Skykomish River, is a tributary known for its plentiful minerals and mining significance.

This limited season adventure is available during spring water levels, and is typically open from April to mid-June. Please note that at peak water levels we enforce an increased age limit of 16+. We have alternate Class III river sections available during summer months  – please call for current river levels and availability if you do not see any dates available on our calendar to the right.

View more amazing pics from our North Fork 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+