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“I was nervous about a five-day raft trip through Hells Canyon, having never done anything like that before. My concerns were unnecessary, it turns out. Paul and Penny at WWRE run an extremely professional and organized outfit emphasizing safety. The preparation before was excellent, from emails to packing lists. From the amazing, lovingly prepared meals to the personable and skilled guides, this trip was a 10+! I would do it again, and I would recommend WWRE to others.” – Stacy G., August 2022

“We love the knowledgeable guides. They are familiar with the history, and the flora and fauna of the rivers they travel. The dress-up night is a lot of fun — bring a costume. And trust the packing list it’s a good one!” – Anne T., July 2022

“WWRE is a fantastic company to work with, and they make your trip so special. The guides are so knowledgeable, kind, fun, and caring. The food is amazing, and they are very accommodating. I have Celiac and I never had any issues. The entire team is very safe, but also wants you to have a great time.

I would definitely book with WWRE again — a truly wonderful trip!!!” – SuEllen S, July 2022

“This was our third trip with WWRE, and each trip has been wonderful. We’ve done Hells Canyon twice and the Salmon River once. Paul and crew provide an outstanding experience.” – Pam S., July 2022

Hear what rafters have to say about each of our rivers

“We have taken two (yes, once wasn’t enough) trips to Hells Canyon with Winding Waters River Expeditions. The first was for our 30th anniversary – to proudly say we’d been to Hell and back in our marriage. The second was last summer when we went to Hell and back with friends. Both trips were phenomenal! The guides (including the owner, Paul) were terrific, the food was outstanding, the scenery was spectacular, and the fishing was… catching! We highly recommend this trip and guide service for families, couples, and those who just want to enjoy life in the sloooowww lane!” ~Betsy & Vern, Sisters, OR

“My son and I did a 4-day Hells Canyon trip with Winding Waters. If you want to get away from society for a while, a Hells Canyon trip is the place to go. It was a trip of a lifetime. The guide and crew were great. My son loved all the fishing along the river, and the crew was always very patient and helpful with him. The minute we pulled up to shore, he would be asking for a fishing pole, and they were quick to get him going. He loved petting the 7ft sturgeon we caught the second day on the river. The food on the trip was great. It’s amazing the things they prepare along the way. I would recommend a trip to anyone and am thinking of doing another trip myself.” ~Cliff, Bothel, WA

“My experience with Winding Waters was one of the most professional and “top-shelf” river trips I have been on. As I go on a guided trip almost every year, I must say Winding Waters is going to be my guide choice for years to come.” ~Kelly, Bristol, CT

“We felt like we were eating in a 5-star restaurant every meal! We really enjoyed all the guides and felt VERY WELL taken care of! Keep up the great work. What a treat for us to discover the beautiful Snake River. We’ll never forget this trip!” ~Bonnie and Randy, Eagle Point, OR

“Winding Waters have that special knack for making everything seem so easy so that I could just relax. The beautiful scenery, warm crew, and feeling of adventure made this trip one I will never forget.” ~Carin, Seattle, WA

“What’s not to love…pristine beauty, master oarsmen (and women), impeccable service, delicious food, friendly people – I found myself wishing everyone I love will have this experience.” ~Nancy, Daphne, AL

“This trip ended up being better than I could have possibly imagined! The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The food was better than what I eat at home and in truth, if I didn’t want to I never had to lift a finger! Thank you Winding Waters!” ~Kim Maruska Portland, OR

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Salmon River

“I have enjoyed excellent rafting trips on rivers in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, North Carolina, Maine, Norway, and Zimbabwe; the 7 trips I have made with Winding Waters on the Snake and lower Salmon Rivers have been the best. Paul and Morgan prioritize all of the elements of a river trip over which they have control – crew who know all elements of the river, first-line equipment, superb menus of local food, attention to safety, etc. Proof of their success is provided by a number of the original group who return summer after summer.” ~John, Brunswick, ME

“I have now been on a trip with Winding Waters three times. Twice on a white water kayak trip, they supported through the lower Salmon River and last summer down the Snake River through Hells Canyon. They are simply the best. Fabulous food, great guides with numerous stories, lots of laughter, and tons of experience. They have years of experience in this part of the country which shows in their love for the rivers and canyons in the area. I have spent many a mile on many a river throughout the west and these guys are the best. You will not be disappointed in any way choosing a trip with them.” ~Patti, Bellevue, WA

“We had a great time and were treated so very well by the WWRE staff. I spent a lot of time picking out the outfitter for this trip and was not disappointed in the least bit. WWRE lived up to our expectations, plus delivered more than we could have ever expected. We are now considering what WWRE trip we want to do next. We’re definitely coming back for more.” ~David, Houston, TX

All of the planning and prepping by the WWRE staff made this trip the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. All I had to do was get us there, and WWRE took care of everything else. We were most appreciative and hope to see you all again soon!” ~Amy, Norfolk, VA

“A previous trip with you helped me realize how professional and wonderful of a company you have. I want to support you every year and give people the wonderful gift of spending time together with such great company, a beautiful river, and bonding time with friends.” ~Elizabeth, Seattle, WA

“I was nervous about the whole idea of being on the river – sounded a little too adventurous for me, but I had a perfectly wonderful time. Thanks so much for your river expertise. It made all the difference.” ~Gretchen, Seattle, WA

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Grande Ronde

“(The Grande Ronde Day Trip was) an excellent introduction for us to whitewater! Could not fault the superb day and the professionalism of the staff. Well planned, beautiful scenery, and good food too!” ~Collette and Chris, East Sussex, UK

“We enjoyed the Winding Waters guided raft/kayak trip on the Grande Ronde – a very nice class II river without any slow spots. Our guide, Tom, knew a lot about the river and the surrounding area.” ~Don, Sandpoint, Idaho

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