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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. 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 – 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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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, 2018

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Hells Canyon / Snake River 3 Day with Plate & Pitchfork

The 7th 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.

June 28 – 30, 2018

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Music for Wild Places / Hells Canyon

Adventurous music lover? Join singer-songwriter duo Honeyhoney on our 5th Annual Music for Wild Places Adventure. Spend 3 days rafting through class III and IV whitewater and then enjoy nightly concerts from these amazing musicians. This trip is part of the Wilderness Concert Series and aims to raise awareness of the importance of conservation efforts in the Snake River corridor.

Season: July 18-20, 2018

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RIVER Explorers on the Salmon

Calling all RIVER Explorers ages 7-14 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 12-15, 2018

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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 – 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 groups!

Season: Mid-May – Early July

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Hells Canyon / Snake River 8 Day Paddles to Saddles

2018 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 for 4 days through Hells Canyon, the deepest river canyon […]

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