• Season April-Early August

  • Trip Length 3-4 Hrs.

  • Difficulty moderate

  • Age 10+

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Trip Info

Washington's Most Popular River

Located near the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth the Wenatchee River was one of Wildwater's first rafting destinations. It has since become the most popular rafting and kayaking river in the state of Washington because of its exhilarating rapids, from Leavenworth down to Cashmere. The famous class III "Boulder Bend," "Rock And Roll," and "Snowblind" rapids are known for their big waves and warm water. When you hear a rapid coming on the Wenatchee, you know you are going to get wet! But, with nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, you will definitely be looking forward to it.

Leavenworth and the Wenatchee Valley

The Wenatchee river valley is known for its apples, and between the hills and orchards, there is plenty to see. While the river is an easy drive from Seattle, Everett, and Spokane, you can almost always enjoy open waters, free from crowds of people. During your visit be sure to check out the various wineries, farm stands, and other great attractions in the Wenatchee Valley and be sure to take a walk in downtown Leavenworth which offers great shopping, authentic Bavarian cuisine, and plenty of outdoor activities. For more ideas and things to do in Leavenworth check out our activities page!

Trip Itinerary

  1. Park vehicles at the meeting spot.
  2. Check in and fill out a participation waiver.
    Note: All minors must have a parent or legal guardian present to participate. If a minor will not be accompanied, he/she must have the waiver completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to the trip.
  3. After check-in, change into the river gear provided by Wildwater. Use your vehicle as a personal locker to store your street clothes and other belongings. Store your keys in Wildwater's secured location while you are on the river.
  4. Once everyone is geared up, we take a Wildwater vehicle to the shuttle, which takes us to the put-in/launch site.
  5. Before boarding the raft, a Wildwater staff member holds a Trip Talk to prepare you for what is to come.
  6. After the Trip Talk, you split into raft groups and meet your guide for the trip.
  7. Your guide discusses basic river rafting instruction before putting on the river.
  8. Now it's time to go rafting!
  9. At the end of the trip you take-out back at the meeting spot, change into dry clothing, and return all river gear you used to Wildwater staff members.

Directions to the Wenatchee River Rafting Put In

Wildwater River Guides Wenatchee River rafting trips meet at Riverside Park, in Cashmere, WA. We have done our best to provide you with detailed directions to the Wenatchee River meeting location from Seattle, Everett and Spokane to ensure you are able to meet your trip on time. Be advised that in addition to the directions provided we strongly recommend using a Washington State highway map or searching the address provided in Google Maps for additional information.

Directions to the Wenatchee River from Seattle

  • Take I-90 E through Bellevue toward Snoqualmie Pass.
  • Cross Snoqualmie pass and look for Cle Elum.
  • Take exit 85 after Cle Elum for WA-970 N toward Wenatchee.
  • Follow WA-970/US-97 N over Blewett Pass.
  • In Peshastin merge onto Hwy-2 E toward Wenatchee.
  • Take a right at the Aplets Way exit, and cross the bridge over the Wenatchee River into Cashmere.
  • Turn left onto E Pleasant Avenue just after Country Boy's BBQ this will eventually become Riverside Drive.
  • Take the first left once you turn on Riverside Drive and meet us in the paved parking lot on the west end of Riverside park.
  • Look for a Wildwater vehicle or sign and if you are lost please call 1.509.470.8558.

Directions to the Wenatchee River from Everett

  • Take Hwy-2 E toward Stevens Pass.
  • Stay on Hwy-2 E through Stevens Pass and into Leavenworth, WA.
  • Past Leavenworth and Peshastin you will begin to look for signs for Cashmere.
  • Take a right at the Aplets Way exit, and cross the bridge over the Wenatchee River into Cashmere.
  • Turn left onto E Pleasant Avenue just after Country Boy's BBQ this will eventually become Riverside Drive.
  • Take the first left once you turn on Riverside Drive and meet us in the paved parking lot on the west end of Riverside park.
  • Look for a Wildwater vehicle or sign and if you are lost please call 1.509.470.8558.

Directions to the Wenatchee River from Spokane

  • Take I-90 W toward Seattle.
  • After Moses Lake take exit 151 for WA 281 N toward Wenatchee.
  • Follow WA-281 N toward Quincy.
  • Turn left onto RD 5 NW/White Trail Rd.
  • Turn left onto WA-28 W and follow through Wenatchee.
  • Turn left onto US-2 W/US-97 S/ US Rte. 2 W.
  • Take a left at the Aplets Way exit, and cross the bridge over the Wenatchee River into Cashmere.
  • Turn left onto E Pleasant Avenue just after Country Boy's BBQ this will eventually become Riverside Drive.
  • Take the first left once you turn on Riverside Drive and meet us in the paved parking lot on the west end of Riverside park.
  • Look for a Wildwater vehicle or sign and if you are lost please call 1.509.470.8558.

Book Your Wenatchee River Kayak or Raft Trip Today!

Wildwater River Guides offers Wenatchee River rafting trips and Wenatchee River kayak instruction and guided trips for Seattle, Everett and Spokane whitewater enthusiasts. Our expert guides have the highest level of training in the business and years of experience on the river so you can be confident you are in good hands. Contact us with questions or comments and then come experience the incredible rapids and family friendly fun of the Wenatchee River with Wildwater River Guides today. We look forward to meeting you!

Meeting Location

Riverside Park

201 Riverside Drive
Cashmere, WA 98815

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What we Provide

  • A top-of-the-line-neoprene sleeveless wetsuit (On summer days, a neoprene wetsuit isn't necessary.)
  • Neoprene booties for your feet
  • A helmet
  • A PFD (personal floatation device)
  • Certified Professional Guides

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit or swim trunks
  • Sunglasses (must have croakie attachment)
  • Extra layers for cold spring days (fleece, wool, or polypropylene - avoid cotton)
  • Sunscreen

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Wildwater Rafting is a fun activity for large groups. We welcome parties/groups for all occasions. Call and ask about our group rates!

  • Birthdays
  • Corporate/Company Team Building
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
  • Boy/Girl Scout Events

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Participant Agreement Form

We have attached our participant agreement form for your convenience. Feel free to print and fill it out to bring with you to the river, but we will have agreement forms available for you in case you are unable to print this document out. All minors not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian need to make sure they bring this document with all fields filled out and signed by a parent or legal guardian or they won’t be able to join us on the river, no exceptions!

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