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Wenatchee River Rafting

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River rafting in the sunny Wenatchee River Valley offers diverse scenery with excellent class III whitewater rapids and a gorgeous scenic float section around the Bavarian-themed mountain town of Leavenworth, WA. Wenatchee means "river which comes from canyons" or "robe of the rainbow." The Upper Wenatchee meets at the boat launch in Lake Wenatchee State Park where you can camp, go horseback riding, or suntan on the beach. Icicle River scenic trips offer breathtaking views of the Enchantments, Sleeping Lady, and Icicle Ridge. For more information, click on one of the 3 types of rafting trips below.

Choose from 3 types of rafting trips!

#1 - Wenatchee River Whitewater #2 - Upper Wenatchee Scenic Trip #3 - Icicle River Scenic Float

Whitewater Rafting Trips

Wenatchee Whitewater

• Season: April - August
• Ages: 8+ (depending on water levels)
• Meeting location: 300 Riverside Dr. Cashmere, WA 98815
• Meeting times: Mon - Fri 10am; Sat & Sun 9am, 11am, 2pm
• Class/Difficulty: Class III / Beginner - Intermediate
• Duration/Length: 4-5 hours / 14 miles
• Meal provided? Optional
• Gear provided? Wetsuit, splash jacket, neoprene shoes, personal flotation device
• What you should bring: You should wear a swim suit or shorts to go on underneath the wet suit that we will provide. Old shoes or sandals with straps, will work if you do not want to wear the neoprene booties that are provided. For cold weather trips: long underwear, a warm sweater, (fleece or wool, no cotton), a hat to cover your ears, and wool socks will all help provide an extra layer of warmth underneath the wet suit. These items still may get a little wet but will help keep you warm. Bring a towel and a change of clothes to leave in your vehicle for after the trip.

• Trip Description: Whitewater river rafting in the sunny Wenatchee River Valley offers diverse scenery and excellent whitewater rapids just outside of Leavenworth, WA. Our whitewater trips meet at Riverside Park in Cashmere, WA. After everyone is suited up we shuttle the group to Leavenworth and raft back down to Cashmere stopping for a riverside deli-style lunch. The begining of the full river trip starts in the alpine setting of Ponderosa pines and Douglas Fir in the "Bavarian Village" of Leavenworth. Marvel at how the valley becomes increasingly arid and is near desert as it reaches the Columbia River in Wenatchee, WA. Irrigation in the valley is the source of abundant water for the apple and pear orchards that line the river. You will likely see Osprey soaring overhead and nesting in the tops of trees.

Our guides can make your trip as wild or mild as you like. This type of river is characterized by what we call a drop and pool river: great rapids like "Boulder Bend", "Rock n' Roll", "Drunkards Drop", "Rodeo", and "Snow Blind". Corporate groups, families and friends come back year after year for the combination of great water, warm temperatures, and lots of sunshine. Click here for Wenatchee River rafting rates, or make a reservation today!

• Before you go: Check out the Information & Maps page for directions and watch our River Awareness Video to help you prepare for your trip!


Double Down!

Looking for EVEN MORE WHITEWATER!? Check out our Wenatchee - Skykomish doubleheader!


Watch our video below to get an idea of what it's like to go whitewater rafting on the Wenatchee River!


Family Floats

Scenic Upper Wenatchee River Float

• Season: April - August
• Ages: 3+
• Meeting location: Boat Launch Lake Wenatchee State Park South Entrance
• Meeting times: 10am (custom)
• Class/Difficulty: Class I-II / Beginner
• Duration/Length: 3-4 hours / 7 miles
• Meal provided? Optional
• Gear provided? Personal flotation device, optional wetsuit & neoprene shoes
• What you should bring: With few waves and minimal splashes, casual outdoors wear is recommended. On hot summer days, a swimsuit or shorts is fine. If you would like a wetsuit because you plan to play in the water and get wet, you should wear a swim suit or shorts to go on underneath (no cotton). Old shoes or sandals with straps, will work or you can wear our neoprene booties. For cold weather trips: long underwear, a warm sweater, (fleece or wool, no cotton), a hat to cover your ears, and wool socks will all help provide an extra layer of warmth. Bring a towel and a change of clothes to leave in your vehicle just in case for after the trip.

• Trip Description: The Scenic Upper Wenatchee River Float gently glides down 7 miles of river starting at Lake Wenatchee State Park and ending in Plain. For those of you visiting Leavenworth and the North Central Washington area, you are sure to enjoy the serene beauty at the headwaters of the Wenatchee River. Osprey and their nests are frequently seen, along with other birds and wildlife on this quiet stretch of river. The water is Class I-II, which is great for the whole family. Ages 3 and over will love this trip. Personal flotation device (PFD), guide, lunch, and shuttle included. For meeting location information for Upper Wenatchee Floats, see the Information & Maps page. Don't hesitate, schedule your Upper Wenatchee Family Float today!

  

The Upper section of the Wenatchee River from Lake Wenatchee to Plain.


Scenic Icicle River Family Float

• Season: April - August
• Ages: 3+
• Meeting location: Parking lot at 220 HWY 2 Leavenworth, WA 98826
• Meeting times: 10am - 6pm (custom)
• Class/Difficulty: Class I / Beginner
• Duration/Length: 2 hours / 4 miles
• Meal provided? Optional
• Gear provided? Personal flotation device, optional wetsuit & neoprene shoes
• What you should bring: With few waves and splashes, casual ouutdoors wear is recommended. On hot summer days, a swimsuit or shorts is fine. If you would like a wetsuit because you plan to play in the water and get wet, you should wear a swim suit or shorts to go on underneath (no cotton). Old shoes or sandals with straps, will work or you can wear our neoprene booties. For cold weather trips: long underwear, a warm sweater, (fleece or wool, no cotton), a hat to cover your ears, and wool socks will all help provide an extra layer of warmth. Bring a towel and a change of clothes to leave in your vehicle just in case for after the trip.

• Trip Description: The Scenic Icicle River Family Float is another rafting trip that's perfect for the whole family. This rafting float takes you through the beautiful Bavarian-style mountain town of Leavenworth, WA. Enjoy the majestic views of Icicle Ridge, The Sleeping Lady, and Wedge Mountain as you drift across glacier waters. Take in the summer smells of the many wild flowers and other native plant species along the river banks. Listen to the songs of dozens of species of birds as they glide over the river and perch among the trees. Wave to fellow river enthusiasts as they pass by on any number of craft including rafts of all sizes, stand-up paddle boards, hardshell kayaks and inflatable kayaks, and river tubes. Bring your own picnic basket and enjoy lunch and beverages on the river and under the sun.

Alpine Adventures can pick you up from anywhere in Leavenworth and shuttle you back following the trip to make your trip that much more convenient. We put in the river at the Fish Hatchery and take out at the popular Barn's Beach. For meeting location information for Icicle River Floats, see the Information & Maps page. These trips fill up fast in the summer heat so reserve your Icicle River Family Float today!


Wenatchee & Skykomish Doubleheader

Experience both sides of the Cascades with this two day adventure of whitewater rapids and thrills. The Wenatchee River flows from the Glacier Peak area into Washington's sunny apple capital, Wenatchee. Spend some time in the Bavarian-style town of Leavenworth before hopping in your car to drive across beautiful Stevens Pass back into the big "Sky" country. The next morning we're off to run the Class IV-V rapids of Boulder Drop on the Main Skykomish River. Each day includes all the required gear, guides, and lunch. Make a reservation for your double-dose of whitewater adventure today!

  

Whitewater rafting on the Skykomish and Wenatchee Rivers.


Preferred accommodations for rafting on the Wenatchee River

Adventure Inn, Der Hinterhof

509-548-5250 | Commercial St., Leavenworth, WA | AdventureInnLeavenworth.com

The Adventure Inn sits near the river in the heart of downtown Leavenworth, WA. The property features a family friendly outdoor beer garden and indoor beer hall. All ages, and pets too, are allowed. Live music is calendared through the summer. Rooms overlooking the courtyard are impacted by the outdoor music which typically ends by nine pm. Indoor music is not a bother for the guestrooms. The music calendar is posted online at LeavenworthBeerGarden.com


Enzian Inn

800-223-8511 | Hwy 2, Leavenworth, WA | EnzianInn.com

The Enzian Inn is on Hwy 2 right next to downtown Leavenworth, WA. Looking out the windows of the Enzian Inn at magnificent mountains, rich green forests, and fresh clear skies, you might just be tempted to believe you were in the Alps. It is in those European mountains that the delicate, but hardy, azure flower - The Enzian, flourishes on rocky cliffs and in high alpine meadows. The Enzian Inn is designed with the same beauty and tradition of those Alpine regions. Enjoy the old world atmosphere of the Inn, the enthusiasm of the welcoming staff, and the scenic wonders of the Leavenworth area.


Other accommodations for rafting on the Wenatchee River

Hotels / Motels

Icicle Village Resort | Leavenworth, WA | 800-558-2438 | IcicleVillage.com

Howard Johnson Inn | Leavenworth, WA | 800-423-9380 | LeavenworthHoJo.com

Der Ritterhof | Leavenworth, WA | 509-548-5845 | DerRitterhof.com


Camping / Campgrounds

8 Mile Campground | Icicle Rd. | 8 miles from Leavenworth, WA | fs.usda.gov

Bridge Creek Campground | Icicle Rd. | 9 miles from Leavenworth, WA | fs.usda.gov

Tumwater Campground | Hwy 2 | 11 miles west of Leavenworth, WA | fs.usda.gov

Wenatchee River Park | Hwy 2 | Between Monitor and Wenatchee, WA | co.chelan.wa.us

KOA | River Bend Dr. | Leavenworth, WA | KOA.com


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