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Rafting Trips

Guided Whitewater Rafting

At Winding Waters River Expeditions, we’re proud to offer guided whitewater rafting adventures on 3 of the most amazing rivers in the world. You can choose from single or multi-day rafting trips on the Salmon River, Snake River through Hells Canyon, and the Grande Ronde River. All of our trips are fully guided and require no previous whitewater rafting experience.

We’re also excited to offer a variety of truly unique adventures, including:

  • Guided Kayak School trip
  • The famous Plate & Pitchfork trip featuring gourmet meals from one of Portland’s top chefs
  • Our Music for Wild Places trip with great singer-songwriters providing private, intimate evening concerts along the river

Your Guided Whitewater Rafting Adventure

When you embark on a guided whitewater rafting adventure with Winding Waters River Expeditions, you’ll:

  • Experience powerful, world-class whitewater runs, including class II, III, and IV rapids
  • Enjoy delicious gourmet meals made from fresh, local ingredients
  • Float through deep, natural river canyons
  • Sleep soundly and comfortably thanks to our deluxe and luxurious camping equipment
  • See miracles of nature, including Bald Eagles, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, geometric columnar basalt, beautiful wildflowers, and much more
  • Swim in warm, crystal clear waters
  • Fish for Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, and White Sturgeon

What’s Included in Your Adventure?

Your guided whitewater rafting adventure includes:

  • Transportation to and from the river
  • All necessary rafting and camping gear, including life jackets, dry bags, spacious tents, and super-thick, comfortable sleeping pads
  • All gourmet meals, including options to meet gluten-free, vegetarian, and other dietary restrictions
  • Full-service guides with decades of whitewater rafting experience. They’ll take care of everything and help you have a truly unforgettable adventure

Hells Canyon / Snake River 5 Day Rafting Adventure

Embark on a 5-day adventure in the the deepest river canyon in all of North America. Our white water rafting trips on the Snake River through Hells Canyon cover nearly 80 miles through the heart of Hells Canyon from the Dam to Heller Bar in Idaho. Fish for Rainbow Trout and White Sturgeon, enjoy delicious gourmet meals, and let our guides help you enjoy the trip of a lifetime.

Season: Late May – Late September

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Salmon River 5 Day Rafting Adventure

This 5-day Salmon River Rafting adventure runs 72 miles through the lower Salmon River in an area known as The Canyons. You’ll run class III & IV whitewater rapids, including the Pipeline and Lorna’s Lulu. You’ll play on natural white sand beaches, fish, see incredible wildlife, and much more. This trip starts at Hammer Creek and ends at Heller Bar.

Season: Early July – Mid September

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Salmon River 4 Day Rafting Adventure

This 4-day Salmon River rafting adventure might be the best family vacation around. Running 63 miles of the lower Salmon River from Pine Bar, Idaho to Heller Bar, this trip truly has something for everyone. Exciting whitewater rapids, including the Infamous Snow Hole & the Gobbler, beautiful scenery you won’t find anywhere else, visits to historic sites, and much more. Plus there’s plenty of time to relax on sandy beaches, play games, and relax around the campfire.

Season: Early July – Late August

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Hells Canyon / Snake River 4 Day Rafting Adventure

This 4-day white water rafting adventure takes you 51 miles through the heart of Hells Canyon from Hells Canyon Dam all the way to historic Dug Bar. You’ll run through class III and IV rapids, including the world-famous Granite and Wild Sheep rapids. You’ll be able to fish for White Sturgeon, get to know a variety of historical sites, and eat gourmet food, all thanks to our experienced guides.

Season: Late May – Late September

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Hells Canyon / Snake River 3 Day Rafting Adventure

Let our full-service guides lead you on a 3-day, 32 mile adventure through upper Hells Canyon. You’ll travel from Hells Canyon Dam down to Pittsburg Landing in Idaho. You’ll run through some of the biggest whitewater rapids in the Northwest, fish for White Sturgeon, and enjoy delicious, gourmet meals from locally sourced ingredients.

Season: Early June – Late September

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Music for Wild Places / Salmon River

Join the professional band Elephant Revival for 4 amazing days on the Salmon River. Spend your days rafting through deep canyons and thrilling whitewater rapids. In the evenings, enjoy gourmet meals and private concerts with these amazing artists. Book now, only 18 seats are available for this one-of-a-kind adventure.

September 8-11, 2017

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Adventures in Time: Geology of Hells Canyon

Explore the Snake River through Hells Canyon with Dr. Ellen Bishop, a renowned geologist, author, and photographer. You’ll travel through 79 miles of Hells Canyon, unlocking the geological mysteries of the area. You’ll birdwatch, catch Rainbow Trout and White Sturgeon, enjoy amazing gourmet meals, visit historical sites and examine fossils that are millions of years old!

This is truly an adventure you’ll never forget.

June 8-12, 2017

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Hells Canyon / Snake River 3 Day with Plate & Pitchfork

Join Chef Sean Temple of Warfield Distillery & Brewery (Ketchum, ID) on our 6th Annual Plate and Pitchfork Raft Trip- a wonderful food-lovers adventure. Beyond great food, you’ll absolutely love this 3-day trip, floating class III & IV whitewater rapids, the beautiful scenery, world-class fishing, and relaxing evenings looking at impossibly starry skies.

June 16-18, 2017

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RIVER Explorers on the Salmon

Calling all RIVER Explorers ages 6-12 years old. This 4-day Salmon River rafting adventure is custom-created for families with aspiring naturalists. Run the lower Salmon River from Pine Bar, Idaho to Heller Bar, while children investigate the plants, animals, rocks, water, and Native Americans of the Salmon River Watershed with instructor Dr. Ruthi Davenport. A wonderful family trip where WWRE takes care of every last detail.

August 13-16, 2017

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Salmon River 5 Day Kayak Course

Ready to improve your whitewater kayaking skills under the tutelage of the most experienced guides around? Join us for a 5-day Salmon River kayak course. From Hammer Creek to Heller Bar, we’ll run class III & IV whitewater rapids, navigate pools and drops, and improve your paddling, navigation and other kayaking skills. By day, you’ll learn from the expert instructors from Wet Planet and spend your evenings relaxing and enjoying the beautiful untamed wilderness of the Salmon River.

August 28 – September 1, 2017

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Grande Ronde 3 Day Rafting Adventure

This 3-day trip takes you on a scenic float down the Grande Ronde River, starting from our homebase in Joseph, Oregon and ending in Troy, Oregon. Expect lots of outdoor fun on the river by day. We’ll spend our evenings around a campfire with great food, conversation, games, and music. Let our guides help you experience the adventure of a lifetime.

Season: May – June

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Grande Ronde 1 Day Rafting Adventure

Join us for a single-day rafting excursion on one of the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful, unspoiled rivers. We’ll depart Joseph, Oregon at 8:00am and have you back by dinnertime. Our guides will take care of everything — all you have to do is relax and enjoy your trip down the river. It’s the perfect 1-day escape for families, individuals, and groups big and small!

Season: Early June – Early July

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Hells Canyon / Snake River 8 Day Paddles to Saddles

2017 Trip: August 19 – 26: Looking for a spectacular way to explore the exquisite scenery of northeast Oregon? Join Winding Waters and Del Sol Wilderness Adventures on this 8 day Paddles to Saddles adventure into 2 of North America’s most beautiful and remote regions. Raft through Hells Canyon, the deepest river canyon in North America, […]

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Yoga Retreat

Join us on a wonderful 4 day rafting and yoga retreat through the lower portion of the Salmon River. Nature-based instructor Beth Estock will guide daily meditations and practices along one of the most beautiful rivers in North America. A relaxed adventure for ages 5 and up.

July 22-25, 2017

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Grande Ronde River 6 Day Wilderness Advanced Life Support

A unique Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) course taught by Wilderness Medical Associates during a rafting adventure. This 6 day, 36-hour course takes place primarily during a river trip on the Grande Ronde River.

June 19-24, 2017

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