The upper reach of the Skagit River is a turquoise jewel of a river, winding it's way through the majestic North Cascades. If you are looking for a whitewater adventure in a truly spectacular alpine landscape, this is the ONE! The trip begins near Newhalem, Washington, just 2.5 hours from Seattle and runs countless Class II & III rapids as you wind your way amongst the rugged peaks of the North Cascades National Park.
What To Expect
At Methow River Raft + Kayak, we've got everything covered for a great day on the river, from gear, to instruction and shuttle from the river at the end of the trip. We take care of all the details!
For the Skagit River rafting trip you'll meet our staff at the Goodell Creek Campground, just West of Newhalem, Washington (map). You'll leave your vehicle and begin the trip there. After checking in with our staff and signing waivers our guides will help you prepare for the trip, taking time to help outfit you with all of the gear you’ll need. Included in the cost of all of our trips is a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), helmet, paddle, wetsuit, paddle jacket if needed, and booties for your feet- everything you’ll need!
As soon as everybody's geared up, your guides will give an orientation that covers paddling technique and river safety. Expect to spend about three hours paddling the river with a relaxing lunch stop at a beach along the way. We provide a big lunch with sandwiches from our local bakery to fuel your day. At the end of the trip we'll shuttle you back to your vehicle.
What You Should Bring
If you would like to help us reduce plastic waste please bring a re-fillable water bottle and we'll stow it onboard the raft. Please bring any medications that may be necessary during the trip, ie. asthma inhalers or epi-pen for severe allergic reactions. Please notify your guide- we need to know if you have any medical conditions, AND we'll stow it in the dry bag on board the raft. Depending on the weather you may want to bring a warm layer, we recommend a fleece or technical wool mid-layer (no cotton please). If you must bring a camera we recommend only waterproof cameras. Please leave all other personal items in your vehicle or at home.