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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

Grande Ronde 4 Day June Stonefly & Salmonfly Hatch

During the annual June salmonfly and stonefly hatches, Rainbow Trout gorge themselves, leading to some amazing and unforgettable dry fly fishing opportunities. You’ll spend your days catching big Rainbow Trout and relax around the campfire enjoying incredible meals and drinks by night. We’ll take care of all the logistics from lodging to gear to meals and everything else.

You just need to be ready to have a fly fishing adventure you’ll never forget!

June 22-25 & June 28-July 1, 2021

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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 April – 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. Experience the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches of the lower Salmon River from Pine Bar, Idaho to Heller Bar, Washington. 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 the sandy beaches, play games, and relax around the campfire.

Season: Early July – Mid 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: Late April – Late September

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Photography and Wildflowers

Join Fine Art Photographer and Naturalist Kendrick Moholt on a 5-day, 51 mile Photography Workshop and rafting adventure through the heart of Hells Canyon from Hells Canyon Creek all the way to Heller Bar. You’ll run through class III and IV rapids, including the world-famous Granite and Wild Sheep rapids. Learn from a pro, visit a variety of historical sites, eat gourmet food, all while having the adventure of a lifetime.

May 16-20, 2021

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Grande Ronde 3 Day – Wallowa Resources

Experience the beauty, history, and union of natural resources and rural communities on this unique 3-day guided river trip through the Wild & Scenic section of the beautiful Grande Ronde River in Northeastern Oregon.

June 4-6, 2021

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Plate & Pitchfork in Hells Canyon

The 10th Annual Plate and Pitchfork Raft Trip- a wonderful food-lovers adventure featuring Owner/Chef Ben Bettinger from the Laurelhurst Market and Big’s Chicken in Portland, OR. 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.

July 10-12, 2021

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Hells Canyon / Snake River 8 Day Paddles to Saddles

Embark on the ultimate Pacific Northwest adventure: an 8-day trip to both the deepest river canyon in all of North America and the oldest designated Wilderness in Oregon. Spend 4 days whitewater rafting on the Snake River in Hells Canyon, then spend 3 days horseback riding and hiking in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of the Wallowa Mountains.

August 11-18, 2021

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Fishtrap Outpost

Join author Craig Childs on a writing workshop rafting adventure in the deepest river gorge wilderness in North America, Hells Canyon. Sponsored by Fishtrap and guided by the crew at WWRE. A once in a lifetime opportunity.

September 3-9, 2021

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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, one of the most beautiful gems of the Pacific Northwest. Expect a relaxing trip through a deep basalt river canyon lined with mature evergreens and rich with wildlife and wildflowers. We’ll spend our evenings around a campfire with great food, conversation, games, and music. Let our guides help you experience this adventure of a lifetime.

Season: May and June, 2021

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Grande Ronde 1 Day Rafting Adventure

Sorry but we are not offering single day trips for 2020. These trips will be back online in 2021.

Season: NA

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