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Why a Multi-day Whitewater River Trip is a Chance to Connect

Give your family the gift of a family vacation where all the planning has been done for you. A multi-day whitewater rafting trip offers all the perks of being on vacation with your loved ones, with none of the hassle.

On a Winding Waters River Expeditions trip, you have the opportunity to spend quality time with your family members because the guides at WWRE can be trusted with all the cooking, cleaning and transport. The memories you leave with from the depths of the Snake River in Hells Canyon, the beautiful white sand beaches of the Salmon River, or the lazy meanders of the Grande Ronde River will be shared for years to come. It is something that will create new bonds and strengthen old ones.

It allows everyone to revisit the wild pieces of themselves that can get lost in our busy day-to-day schedules. Unstructured time, for both children and adults, is important for the mind, body and soul. Allowing your children or your significant other to see you as your most authentic self fosters a deeper connection between both of you. After all, how can you beat building sandcastles during the day or laying underneath the Milky Way at night with the people you love?

Creating Lifelong Memories

You will not easily forget watching your child catch their first fish or run their first rapid. A multi-day rafting trip not only offers you the chance to witness it but to talk about the experience around an open fire together later that night. Getting to relive those moments in the years to come can take you right back to the times on the river you once shared together.

Enjoy watching your children spend quality time together without the distractions of technology and day-to-day life. Commonly, we see bonds between siblings grow deeper with each day spent on the river. There are so many things to do together, helping to find shared interests in the outdoors. A shared outdoor experience has shown to be positive to the health and growth of many different types of relationships, even between siblings of varying ages.


The environment and comforts of being on a river trip generate new stories and provide an opportunity to share old ones. It can bring up past experiences that you had with your own family — memories you otherwise wouldn’t have remembered.

Oral histories are becoming lost as we spend more time on our phones and at our computers. By removing those technologies, the art of storytelling comes alive once again. Afterall, who doesn’t enjoy a good fish tale?

Make sure to bring along a journal on your trip to write down the memories you don’t want to forget. You will re-read them in the future. It gives you a chance to share your experience on the river with your future children or grand kids before taking them on their first river trip.

Get on the River

Giving the gift of quality river time to your family is one of the greatest gifts that you can offer. Sit back on a raft, enjoy the scene and listen to the giddy screams as you survive another splashy rapid. WWRE will take care of the details, so that you don’t have to.

Don’t limit yourself or your family to a single trip. We have many families, couples and groups who return year after year and look forward to spending that quality time on the river together. Book a trip to schedule some committed time with your loved ones today.