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SKAGIT River Whitewater River Rafting

  • SR 512 P&R {behind McDonalds at the concrete picnic tables}

    10417 Pacific Highway SW, Lakewood, WA (map)

    47.161438 -122.484491

  • 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: Trailside 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 at this  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 Trailside organized event indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to the terms of this disclaimer and hold harmless  Trailside and all Trailside Organizers and Leaders in the event of injury or loss of any kind.

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  • David T.

    Attention: If you intend to go on this trip, you must register Wildwater - River Guides by Sunday March 23rd. Wildwater-River Guides said they need to schedule their Guide ahaid of time. If you do not intend to go, kindly remove your name from the list. We need to find out who is going.

    March 20, 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. Between Traiside and NASSA Meetup there are 13 signed up on the meetup pages. I hope between the 2 groups we can get the 7 more needed so that we can go on this trip.

    March 12, 2014

  • David T.

    This is a cross posted event. 13 people have signed up already.

    1 · February 16, 2014

    • Eilene

      Hi David. Haven't seen you since the last time Tom and I rafted with you. We had so much fun and plan on attending this one. Look forward to seeing you soon.

      February 16, 2014

    • David T.

      Hi Eilene. This will be the best yet for river rafting. I have already booked 5 trips this year. I have yet to post them all, but the rivers, times and dates are set.

      February 16, 2014


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