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One of the most challenging commercial river rafting runs in the Pacific Northwest, the Wind River cascades through tightly spaced boulder gardens and steep ledge drops in a series of class IV to class V rapids. Whether you are a local seeking out the next “backyard expedition” or on an adventure vacation in the Columbia River Gorge, Wind River rafting delivers the perfect combination of whitewater challenge and spectacular scenery.
Flowing through a quintessential Washington river canyon, the Wind River cuts deep into the surrounding Columbia River Gorge mountains. Crystal clear blue waters support large Spring Chinook and Steelhead Salmon, making their way up the steep and chaotic whitewater to spawn. Bald Eagles nest high in the trees along the river bed, majestically circling above in search of a meal. Waterfalls tumble into the river from high cliff walls. Green mosses and plants cloak the rocky canyon walls, rounding out the spectacularly colorful views seen throughout the Wind River gorge.
That is, if you can draw your attention away from the continuous whitewater rapids the whole way down.
Higher levels of precipitation in the spring and early summer make running the whitewater of the Wind River possible. At lower flows the run feels steeper, filled with tight and technical moves. With more water, rapids fill in for a constant stream of waves, holes and drops. To experience both unique trips, you will just have to see the river twice!
At any flow level, Wind River rafting is a non-stop rush of adrenaline in one of the Pacific Northwest’s most spectacular river canyons. This rafting trip is recommended for rafters with some experience: those adventure-seekers looking for the ultimate rafting experience in the Pacific Northwest. Guests and guides will scout and run rapids such as Ram’s Horn, Initiation and Climax Falls. Raft guests should be prepared for paddling through challenging whitewater and rock-scrambling during portages. Get a taste of the action with our Wind River photo slideshow.
Your Wind River rafting trip will include a riverside lunch and expert, class V raft guide. Trips meet at the Wet Planet Whitewater headquarters and travel to the river as a group.
Looking for a multi-day adventure? Spring time is perfect for combining multiple rivers to create a supreme river rafting vacation in the Columbia River Gorge. Check out our spring multi-river package trips.