The Black Canyon Half-Day is the best whitewater in the Methow Valley! The Black Canyon section of the Methow River is filled with many challenging class III rapids and surrounded by the golden grassland foothills of the North Cascades. Thirty-five minutes from both Winthrop and Chelan, it’s convenient yet rural location is prime for spending part of your day on the river and the other part hiking at Sun Mountain Lodge or wine tasting at a Lake Chelan winery. This trip’s season starts in April and ends in August, each month unique and enjoyable. At high water you will paddle hard through big crashing waves. At low water you will enjoy swimming in warm, deep, and tranquil pools filled with trout and salmon. Read the season descriptions below for more details.

You will meet at the Methow Rafting Boathouse in the town of Methow, get outfitted by your guides (all river gear is included), and ride the bus five minutes to the put-in. Your guides will brief you on whitewater safety, paddling techniques, and how to best enjoy your time on the water. Once finished, you will hop on your raft, your guide will call “paddle forward!” and the mighty Methow will whisk you down into an adventure your family and friends will remember for years. The best of the rapids include Black Canyon (watch out for the Black Hole!), Staircase, Hurricane, Shoshone Falls, Another Roadside Attraction, Oh No, and Jolly Green Giant. Once at the take-out you will load the bus for a quick ten minute ride back to the boathouse where you will return your gear, laugh, and relive your wonderful rafting trip.

Meeting time and location: 9:30 am and 1:30 pm at the Methow Rafting Boathouse in the town of Methow (not the Methow Rafting Office in Winthrop)

Spring Special

March 20 - May 5

On the Black Canyon Half-Day Spring Special you and your family will enjoy the beautiful springtime of the Methow Valley and raft good solid whitewater. Snow-capped peaks and blooming flowers make this the most scenic season to be on the water. The temps are cooler, but wetsuits and splash jackets will keep you comfortable as you paddle down this classic class III section of river. It's moderate in difficulty but good for families and sure to be exciting.

Highwater Adrenaline

May 6 - June 25

This is peak season! Book a Highwater Adrenaline trip for the largest waves, biggest splashes, and a wild ride that your group will reminisce about for years. The river approaches big-water class IV during this season. Get ready to paddle hard! May and June is when the snowpack high up in the North Cascades is melting the quickest. All the tributaries of the Methow River join forces and reach their crescendo in Black Canyon just before rushing into the Columbia River. Get ready to paddle hard during this fast-paced exciting ride!

Mid-Season Fun

June 26 - August 

Do you want the best of both worlds - warm sunshine and splashy waves? The Black Canyon Half-Day Mid-Season Fun trip is the best way to enjoy a family adventure on a hot summer day. This is our most popular time of year to go rafting and for good reason. Just when you’re ready to jump in to cool off, your guide will call “paddle forward!” right into a series of refreshing waves leaving your group high-fiving and smiling.

Meeting times and location: 9:30 am and 1:30 pm at the Methow Rafting Boathouse in the town of Methow (not the Methow Rafting Office in Winthrop)

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