What to expect
- Treat yourself to a 15-mile whitewater trip down the scenic White Salmon River
- Navigate thrilling Class III-IV rapids with a certified river guide
- Fuel up with a riverside picnic lunch midway through your trip
- Enjoy an outdoor escape that will inspire, challenge, and leave you charged
About this Activity
You'll gear up and hit the water with a certified guide and soon find yourself plunging through Class III and IV rapids that will leave you breathless -- Assuming you remember to breathe in the first place! Lose yourself on this fifteen-mile trip, the first five of which are nearly non-stop rapids.
In addition to some of the best whitewater stretches in the Portland/Vancouver area, the White Salmon River is also blessed with gorgeous scenery -- literally, it cuts through a gorge. As you soar down the river, keep on the lookout for local wildlife that inhabit the forested banks in abundance. But don't forget to hold on tight, or you'll be checking out the fish instead!
Note: Pregnant women are not allowed to join this activity. Spring trips on White Salmon River trip has a minimum age of 12 years old.
|Price||$125.00 per guest|
|Duration / Session||6 hours|
|Rating||28 positive reviews|
William R.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 3 Hours Weekdays) August 29, 2020
Michael was great fun! Thanks for the experience!
Kailee K.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 3 Hours Weekdays) August 13, 2020
We loved it!!!
Trenda L.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 3 Hours Weekdays) August 4, 2020
Trip was awesome! Guides were excellent. Highly recommend it.
Matt E.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 6 Hours) May 1, 2017
After spending a half-day rafting the White Salmon river with the crew at River Drifters, I can say with confidence that they are a fantastic outfitter. From the time we arrived, hey took excellent care of our group of 6 and everybody had a great time. I'd go on an adventure with the River Drifters crew anytime.
We arrived at 930 in the morning for the half-day trip down the river, a bit worried about the unseasonably cool weather. It turns out, that's a pretty dumb thing to worry about as 1) glacier runoff is generally the same temperature at all times and 2) they had all the gear we could possibly need to stay warm and dry. After getting changed and going through a brief-yet-thorough safety demonstration, we were on the bus to our drop-off location.
We spent the trip going through a series of rapids, mostly class 4 but a couple class 5. We were in a raft with Alex, who was friendly and full of information about the river (and others in the area). He kept us all working as a team, and things always felt in control.
There were a few surprises. First, we had an opportunity to jump off a cliff and into the water, which was awesome. Those that didn't feel up to it had an alternate route available, but only 2 people in the larger group of 4 boats took the chicken route. Also, we were given the chance to "buck the bronco", or ride on the front of the boat, hanging on for dear life. Good times, I tell ya!
The trip went faster than I had imagined, and next time I'd gladly sign up for a full day. This is an awesome activity for summers in the NW, and River Drifters is an awesome outfitter to select. You'll be happy with the choice.
Bernard .White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 3 Hours Weekdays) April 26, 2017
Simply incredible rafting experience. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly, and helped to alleviate my concerns of imminent death, hahah. Safety demo was great, and all the gear provided, making for a half-day on the river well-spent.
I'd recommend for anyone new or experienced on rapid rivers, of any athletic ability. Bring your friends for an enriched experience!
Check out Big Man's Rotisserie on the way out for some delicious BBQ!!!
Shirley C.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 6 Hours) September 21, 2016
Great company to raft with! We asked a number of questions when making our reservation and before the trip and found the staff very friendly and responsive. River guides were knowledgeable and made our nervous team comfortable. We had a blast! Thank you!
Joanna L.Wind River Rafting Trip September 12, 2016
I had an awesome time at River Drifters! Instead of doing the half day trip, my group went with the full day. I honestly didn't know what to expect on this trip. Despite it being my first time white water river rafting, and not knowing how to swim, I would go again in a heartbeat. My guide, Eric, was great. His instructions were easy to follow, whether you're a novice or a seasoned rafter. Not only that, he showed us some I interesting historical marks. But the best part of the whole trip was when my friend tried to throw me off the raft (he attempted 4 times). And on the third attempt, he failed, but I was successful, with some help from Eric.
If anyone is seeking a thrill adventure, and doesn't mind getting wet, this is definitely the spot to go to!!!
Shai O.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 3 Hours Weekdays) August 28, 2016
We've done rafting before, but this surpassed past experiences!
A half-day trip takes you across a 7.5 miles run across White Salmon River. There were 4 of us in a raft + a guide (2 adlts, 2 teens - 15 & 11). The activities were age appropriate for everyone: rafting, swimming in the cold lake, jumping to the water from a cliff, and going over a 10 ft. waterfall while on the raft (our 11 year old was asked to walk that part).
Our guide - Mitch, was so calm and professional, made us feel safe through class-5 rapids, and ensured we felt comfortable throughout the experience
Sabin G.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 6 Hours) August 13, 2016
What a fantastic experience!! River Drifters provided an amazing fun-filled adventure. We will most certainly be coming back in the near future! Our river guide, Larry, was exceptional and provided humor with extreme knowledge of the river and area. Well worth the trip!
W N.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 3 Hours Weekdays) August 11, 2016
This was an Awesome trip - incredibly knowledgeable guides and beautiful scenery on the river. Class 4 and 5 Rapids also provided an excellent time! Couldn't recommend it more!
Kim W.Wind River Rafting Trip August 11, 2016
Great trip on the river! Really great guides and a great time! Class 3 and 4 Rapids with a class 5 waterfall at the end! That's on the half day white salmon trip.
Kapil Reddy S.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 6 Hours) August 7, 2016
Wonderful experience and guide(Mitch) was excellent.
Thrilling ride especially the rock jump and don't miss the end..
Melissa P.Wind River Rafting Trip July 31, 2016
Really thrilling! We did the half day trip and it was perfect. I jumped off the optional cliff and would definitely recommend it! We had such a good time! Pictures are priceless. Would do it again! Loved it!
Lang D.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 3 Hours Weekdays) July 31, 2016
It was an unforgetable experience! Eric was our guide and he educated and trained us appropriately for the difficult part. Everyone should try it once in their life!
Jill G.Wind River Rafting Trip July 11, 2016
Loved these folks! I took my two kids (12 & 14) last weekend and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The trip is filled with breathtaking scenery and the crystalline clarity of the river is unparalleled.
Charlie was an experienced and personable guide who did a great job letting the kids take well-measured risks (sitting at the bow of the raft, all Titanic-like). They loved it!
Bonus: at the end of the day, I drove my car into a rocky hole in the parking lot and couldn't get it out. Charlie and the other guides helped me get it out and waited until I drove away to laugh at my boneheadedness.
Thanks, River Drifters. We'll be back!
Pablo G.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 3 Hours Weekdays) July 11, 2016
This place is great - we were first timers rafting. The guide was fantastic, our son loved being on the raft and doing crazy things, always under the watchful eye of our guide. Highly recommend these guys.
Iyanna R.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 3.5 Hours Weekends) July 10, 2016
Bo K.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 6 Hours) July 1, 2016
We loved it! We are a family of five, with kids ages 6, 8, and 10. First time river rafters. We did the Deshutes River which was perfect. It was a great mix of calm and excitement. Our raft guide Ryan was super cool and knowledgeable, and made sure our trip was safe but fun. Highly recommended.
Angela .Wind River Rafting Trip June 27, 2016
Just came back from a white water rafting half-day trip this weekend, booked with River Drifters. It was our group's first time rafting and the experience was amazing. River Drifters did an excellent job of organizing and getting even us first-timers ready to go! Our awesome guide Mitch made it a blast for us and kept the entertainment going. Highly recommend River Drifters...We are planning to book a whole day trip next time we go. Loved it that much!!
And you must try the 25-foot bridge jump if you get the chance :)
Dawna B.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 3 Hours Weekdays) June 12, 2016
Absolutely best rafting company! Signing up online was easy and there was a lot of options for times.
Once we got there the staff was great. Super friendly and knowledgable.
Mitch was our raft guide highly recommend him. He knows what he's doing but keeps it fun and exciting.
If you're considering rafting I would HIGHLY recommend going here!
Georgia O.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 6 Hours) May 23, 2016
Awesome experience with great guides that are talented and experienced request Mitch he did an awesome job!
Don't forget to tip ;)
Julie .Wind River Rafting Trip March 30, 2016
LOVE this company, staff, and experience! One of my most memorable rafting trips! We came during the month of March which made us their very first trip for the season. They were super friendly and informative. Our raft leader Ryan was great!! He gave us great instructions and made the trip so much fun. Even though it was about 50 degrees out, we got all the proper gear and clothing that kept us warm throughout the trip! The whole experience lasted about 2 hours and we left there at around 2 pm with a start time of 11am. To top off everything, the owner even gave us a FREE usb with all of our pictures!!! Would definitely come back!
john f.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 3 Hours Weekdays) September 29, 2015
afted in early September. Just my wife and I and the guide because it was midweek and just after Labor day. The guide ( I apologize for forgetting his name) was excellent; personable and professional....he knew how to make the trip fun and adventurous and yet respectful that my wife had a shoulder injury and was not able to paddle or hold on tight for much of the trip.
The gear was top notch (splash jackets were available to repel the water), the lunch was fresh, tasty and filling (I expected cheap, stale and not good so that was an unexpected bonus) and the adventure of the river and the changing landscape was exactly as advertised. Everything from the website was accurate and we felt safe. Highly recommend River Drifters.
Note: The river is not all that wide. The trip may not have been as fun during peak season with a lot of rafters on the river. Secondly, be prepared to paddle against strong currents. I underestimated how tiring it would be from the website.
Lisa N.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 6 Hours) August 31, 2015
I came here for a half day trip and it was awesome! Larry was our guide and boy was he fantastic. My companion and I were in a raft with another couple. We were given a wet suit, shoes, a helmet, and a water jacket. We took a short bus ride to the river and halfway we stopped to take a look at the class 5 rapid for insurance reasons (required consent on our behalf for insurance reasons). The river was lower than normal but that wasn't an issue was we were taken through class 3 and 4 rapids. At one point, we got out of the raft and trekked along the river to jump off a 18 foot cliff into the river. Everything about this trip was amazing and it was well priced at $60 for a half day. Our guide was a native and let us get out and drink from the underground springs bubbling up into the river. Giardia lambdis be darned, that water was the best, sweetest tasting water I've ever tried in my life. The entire trip was wonderful, safe and beautiful. The river and surrounding environment was gorgeous.
Sharee A.Wind River Rafting Trip August 1, 2015
What a wonderful day! We had a blast. The guides are so funny and very personable. We have our two young children with us and thy took that in consideration. Family friendly all the way!
We had Mike as a guide ! Wonderful! We loved the stores as well.
Our kids had a blast and can't wait to do it again.
Erik J.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 6 Hours) July 12, 2015
One of my favorite days of the summer!!! call and request Mike, you won't regret it!!
Kristin M.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 6 Hours) July 10, 2015
This was the first time my sister and I went rafting and River Drifters made this entire experience unbelievably epic! Our guides were Charlie and Wes, who were both very personable, professional, and fun! They provided all the gear that was needed and I was happy that they gave us some booties so we wouldn't mess up our shoes. Their gear is pretty solid so I suggest using everything that they recommend you to wear. They also provided a helmet had a gopro mount, which we got some gnarly pictures with. Overall, we had an EXCELLENT, thrilling time. Definitely will come back for more of that whitewater!
Britney C.White Salmon River Rafting (WA - 3 Hours Weekdays) August 15, 2020
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