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SKAGIT River Whitewater River Rafting

  • SR 512 Park & Ride behind MacDonalds at the concrete picnic tables

    10417 Pacific Hwy SW, Lakewood, WA (map)

    47.159672 -122.486809

  • Look for people standing around with day packs. Check Inside MacDonalds also. (coffee drinkers)
  • Copied with permission of Wildwater-River Guides:


    (Class II-III)

    Stunning scenery and mild whitewater action make the Skagit River a perfect introduction into whitewater rafting for the entire family.  This spectacular river is best known for its magnificent scenery and emerald colored waters.  Established in 1978 as a Wild and Scenic River, the Skagit River winds its way through the rugged North Cascades National Park on this 8 miles stretch of water.  Located near Newhalem, Washington, the Skagit River Whitewater trip is perfect for those looking for breathtaking scenery and mild whitewater action.

    Guide Service: Wildwater-River Guides

    Raft Time: 3.5 -4 hours.                  Price $69/p 

    Register at:

    Time: 11:00 a.m.

    Meetup Information:

    Meetup time on the river with the Wildwater-River Guides is 11:00 a.m..  They give an approximate driving time from Seattle at 2.5-3 hours. We will meetup at the SR 512 P&R at 0700 at the concrete picnic tables directly behind MacDonalds. Departure time 07:15 a.m. Rafting begins at 11:00 a.m.


    North Cascades Highway 20 East to Goodell Creek Campground

    (1/2 mile West of Newhalem).

    Look for Wildwater Guides vehicle. If lost, call[masked]

    Meet at rendezvous.

    1. Park cars. 2. Check in. Read through and sign participation waiver. 3. Receive the gear you will need for your river trip, change, and use your vehicle as a personal locker. 4. Ride the shuttle vehicle to the put-in/launch site. 5. Participate in a Guide Trip Talk. 6. Break into raft groups; meet your individual guide. 7. Go through basic river rafting instruction. 8. Raft river. 9. Take-out, change into dry clothing and return river gear you used to Wildwater Staff.

    What You'll Need

    They supply all of  the river  equipment  that you will need, including a sleeveless wetsuit, neoprene booties for your feet, a helmet, and a PFD (personal floatation device). *Cold Spring days a splash jacket can also be provided upon request.

    For this river trip they suggest you bring:

    • Swimsuit or swim trunks to wear under the wetsuit provided.

    • Sunglasses with croakie attachment.

    • If you are worried about getting cold on the trip you can bring extra layers. Fleece, wool, and polypropylene materials work best. Avoid anything made of cotton.

    Feel free to call them with any questions:

    [masked]-WILD (9453)  • [masked]-8558.

    Wildwater-River Guide has a frquent paddler program

    *Trips have to be made in one calender year.

    3rd trip = FREE Wildwater T-shirt. (I have mine) Must call them first to give them your t-shit size.

    4th trip = 50% off that trip. Must call them to get your discount. The online booking process does not do this.

    Online Booking Process:

    1.  Date

    2.  # travelers you are paying for.

    3.  Trip time group is rafting. (11:00 a.m.

    4.  Personal info. (i.e. name, email, phone number.)

    5.  Enter Promotion/Discount code to get your $5.00 off.

    Wildwater-RiverGuides has asked me not to put this code online. To get your discount code, when you are ready to book your trip with Wildwater, send me an email through my profile page.  After verifying that you are signed up for this trip here, I will  send you the groups code they have given me. These are the instructions Wildwater has asked me to follow due to the code being used by people not signed up for the trip. 

    6. On the right side of the booking page besides the Promotion/Discount code you will see payment calculations. If you don't see the discount, there is a chance you put in the wrong code or put it the wrong place. Don't go through the payment process till you see the discount correctly applied.  Call their office at[masked]-9453. 

    7.  Finish filling out (Trip Information, Billing Information, Payment Information, Terms & Conditions, Confirm Trip.)

    8. You will receive an email confirmation. If the confirmation says w"will advise" don't be concerned someone from the Wildwater office will be in touch with you shortly.)

    (These are the signup instructions Wildwater-River Guides has asked me to provide with this trip announcement.)                                                                                                                        

    I am planning 5 rafting trips on different rivers around the State.

    If anyone is interested in  their Stand up Paddling (see their web site) let me know and I may organize one of those.


    Signing up here does not get you registered for the trip. To register you must do so at:

    The organizer does not accept payment on your behalf.

    Attention: To remain on this list as going, registration must be made with Wildwater-River Guides no later than March 22nd,  one week  (prior) to the event date. Exceptions may be made by emailing me.

    Disclaimer: NASSA is not a professional guide service. Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience. Reports of river and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose or appropriate for a certain fitness level. Whitewater River rafting is done  at your own risk. Keep in mind that rafting; even at this lower classification, involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains. You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe. Signing up for any NASSA organized event indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to the terms of this disclaimer and hold harmless  NASSA and all NASSA Organizers and Leaders in the event of injury or loss of any kind.

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  • David T.

    Only two of us had actually registered for the trip and the trip was cancelled by Wildwater-River Guides. They needed a full raft to schedule a guide by this past Sunday to make the trip economically feasable for them.

    March 25, 2014

  • David T.

    I want to extend my thanks to those of you who have chosen not to go that you have been considerate and taken your names off the list. It is very difficult for planning purposes for both myself and the raft company when you don't know how many rafts to reserve, how many guides to hire, and how many car pools to set up. These trips take advanced planning, and when it comes down to the last week, it makes the trip next to impossible when you still don't know how many on the list intend to register or drop out. Again, thank you for being so considerate:) :) :)

    March 24, 2014

  • David T.

    Attention! Time is running out to book this trip. An email I got from Wildwater-River Guides said that they need 1 week to schedule work for their rafting Guides. They also need a minimum of 8 people registered. Right now, I am the only one registered for the trip. Your name on this meetup page does not register for the trip. You have to register online or by phone with Wildwater-River Guides. The link is provided above. If 7 more people do not register by Sunday March 23rd, they cannot conduct the trip.

    March 12, 2014

    • David T.

      Hi Jackie. Suggest you call Justine and ask her about your concerns. This will be my first time on the Skagit, though I rafted other Washington rivers about a dozen times. Their guides are quite experienced. Justine did get hold of me. Thanks

      March 12, 2014

    • David T.

      There seems to be some confusion regarding the above comment. This notice is posted on the Skagit River trip only. It applies only to Skagit River registrations for the March 29th trip. There is still time for the other rivers, though the Green on April 12th is only a month away. Keep in mind as each trip s coming up, they still need a week out from the date of the trip that they still need a week out to schedule their guides. It takes planning to make these trips happen. Sorry for any confusion. Please remember, as posts are being made on individual trips notices, they apply to that trip and not all of the others. Thank you.

      March 12, 2014

  • David T.

    Sorry about the river change. I got an email from the owner of Wildwater-River Guides. In it he made some changes to our river schedule as to what the best river to do each month. In March he said it would be better to do the Skajit instead of the Wenatchee. He said regarding the Wenatchee, that the flow in March tends to be lower than it would be in July. He also said that there are several routes going down the Wenatchee, and most companies take the easier route than the wilder route and we can let the guide know that we want to take the wilder route. He also recommended some other changes to our schedule that will get us the best rapid riding adventure.

    January 11, 2014

  • David T.

    DATE CHANGE! The date for this trip is moved to March 29th from March 15th. For those already signed up please check your schedule's for conflicts. The change was made due to a conversation and email from the Office Manager at Whitewater-River Raft Co. notifying me about their 2014 rafting season. March is usually when the season begins, but the date is snow melt dependent. The end of March is a better chance for a higher river level. This means higher rapids. I now just got of the phone with them and I was told that lower river levels means the raft may scrape bottom on the rocks. Hope this change doesn't cause any conflicts.

    January 7, 2014

  • David T.

    The comment below needs to be amended to say: "Justine, the office manager at Wildwater-River." Wildwater-River is the name of the company that we use to supply the Rafting Guides, rafts and wetsuits. For safety and equipment, I use a raftig Guide service. AGuide is in every single raft.

    January 6, 2014

  • David T.

    Justine, the office manager emailed a list of rivers and the months to schedule the river trips in. Because of that schedule, adjustments have to be made and a March trip is entirely water level dependent in the Month of March. Her email indicated that if they do it would be late March and this date would have to be adjusted to when the company starts its rafting season. in

    January 6, 2014


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