Best White Water Rafting Near Portland, Oregon
While there isn’t white water rafting within Portland city limits, the Pacific Northwest offers a wide variety of river rapids, many of which offer great white water rafting very near Portland, Oregon. It only takes a quick road trip from Portland to get to Wet Planet’s headquarters where almost all of our trips begin. We have several white water rafting excursions near Portland, OR to choose from, with a variety of skill levels and scenery. See below for a list of our white water rafting trips near Portland.
Rafting Trips Near Portland, Oregon
Book some time for an outdoor rafting adventure for the summer or even next weekend! These trips are close to Portland and can easily be done in a day.
We are located about 1 hour and 15 minutes east of downtown Portland, OR, just north of the Oregon state border. With the exception of the Tieton River trip, all of our local river trips begin and end at the Wet Planet Whitewater headquarters. There you’ll find everything you need to complement an already incredible white water rafting experience: private parking, changing rooms, retail shop, photos of your trip, and the Wet Planet Café & Grill.
View directions to the Wet Planet Whitewater headquarters here.
The White Salmon River
The White Salmon River flows from the glaciers on Washington’s Mount Adams all the way to the Columbia River Gorge. Perfect for beginner and advanced rafters, the White Salmon River’s exciting class III-IV rapids tumble through the basalt canyons all season long, making it raftable at any time during the season. Protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the White Salmon River epitomizes the lush and wild character of the Pacific Northwest in one exciting rafting adventure. Just 1.25 hours from Portland, Oregon, this incredible river adventure is a favorite for both Oregon locals and visitors to the area.
The Klickitat River
The Klickitat River is on the eastern flank of the volcanic Mt. Adams and provides one of the longest, most remote wilderness rafting trips in the Portland area. The river provides plenty of beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery, including thick pine forests, steep canyons, basalt cliffs, twisted lava formations and scrub oak forests. We provide a full-day rafting trip with lunch included on the banks of the river halfway down the Klickitat River. This trip meets at the Wet Planet Whitewater headquarters, 1.25 hours from Portland.
The Hood River
The West Fork and Main Sections of the Hood River combine for 15 miles of class III-IV rapids through spectacular Pacific Northwest wilderness, creating one of our guides’ favorite rafting runs in the Columbia River Gorge. The river’s headwaters in Mt. Hood National Forest are protected under America’s Wild and Scenic Rivers list, ensuring its scenic and remote qualities for generations to come. Take note that trips down the West Fork are heavily dependent on water levels and rainfall, making Spring rainy season your best bet for a rafting trip down the West Fork. This trip meets at Wet Planet Whitewater headquarters, 1.25 hours from Portland.
The Tieton River
The Tieton River charges through the scenic Yakima Valley from the Rim Rock Dam. Scheduled dam releases each September ensure that the Tieton River will never fail to provide the continuous, action-packed whitewater trip that our guests have come to love. Since the water released from the dam is warm, you can enjoy this class III+ roller-coaster even when outside temperatures have started to drop. Our meeting point for Tieton River trips is at our private base camp near Yakima, WA – about 3.5 hours from Portland.
Plan Your Portland Rafting Adventure – Reserve Online or Call Us Today!
We offer these trips and more white water rafting near Portland, Oregon. You can easily reserve online for any of the river trips near Portland, Oregon. Find your trip and reserve online now.
You can also give us a call to book over the phone or talk to a live person. You can find the answer to many questions on our FAQs page, but we’re always happy to hear from you if you have other questions.