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Skykomish River Rafting near Seattle

(Class III-V)

Whitewater Rafting near Leavenworth and Everett

The clear turquoise water of the Skykomish River flows around house sized boulders, creating unique and challenging rapids. The famous class V “Boulder Drop” is one of the longest and hardest rapids in Washington State, but it isn’t the only rapid that keeps our expert guides on their toes. On this 9 milestretch of river you'll experience numerous class III and IV rapids such as “Railroad,” “Deja Vu,” and “Lunch Hole.”

If you’ve been rafting before and are looking for a more challenging and exhilarating adventure then the Skykomish River is the trip for you! The put in is located just down the road from Gold Bar and is a perfect choice when you are looking for rafting near Everett or Leavenworth.

Raft the Skykomish River with Wildwater

Wildwater has been guiding the Skykomish River since we first started running Washington whitewater in 1980. With beautiful scenery, incredible rapids and close proximity to Seattle it is one of our most popular trips. Wildwater provides the latest equipment and the highest certified guides in the Washington river guiding business so that you can be confident your trip will run smoothly so you can focus on having fun. We also offer Skykomish River kayak trips. For more information on private kayak tours on the Skykomish contact Wildwater River Guides.


*Discover Pass required

Season: March-July  3.5-4 hour adventure    Price:$89/p     Age Requirement: 16 years old


What to expect:

1. Pull into parking lot and park vehicles. 2. Check in with us and receive participation waiver which you will then read through, fill out and sign. 3. All minors will have to have a parent or legal guardian signature to participate in rafting trip. If a minor will not be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian then you will need to have the waiver filled out and signed before the trip. 4. A Wildwater staff member will then get you the gear you will need for the river trip. This is a great time to change into the equipment for the river and use your vehicle as a personal locker. 5. We will store your keys in a secure location while you are on the river. 6. Everyone will load up into a Wildwater vehicle and ride the shuttle to the put-in/launch site. 7. You will then participate in a Trip Talk given by a Wildwater staff member that goes over helpful information about the river trip, how to sit in the raft, proper paddling techniques, and additional useful information to help prepare you for what is to come. 8. After the trip talk you will split into raft groups and meet your guide for the trip. 9. Your guide will go through basic river rafting instruction before putting on the river. 10. Now it’s time to go rafting! 11. At the end of the trip you will take-out back in Cashmere at the Riverside Park. You will then have the chance to change into dry clothing and return all river gear you used to Wildwater staff members.

What you'll need:

Wildwater provides all of  the river equipment  that you will need. The equipment includes a top of the line neoprene sleeveless wetsuit, neoprene booties for your feet, a helmet, and a PFD (personal floatation device).  *Summer days were the weather reaches 80 degrees or higher a neoprene wetsuit isn’t necessary. Please plan accordingly and bring clothes to wear on the river. (example: shorts, bathingsuit, tank top). Avoid cotton clothes.

For the river trip we suggest you bring:

  • Swimsuit or swim trunks to wear under the wetsuit provided
  • Sunglasses - must have croakie attachment (Sunny days)
  • Cold Spring days: 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 or email us with any questions:

1-800-522-WILD (9453)  •  1-509-470-8558  •



Meet at Big Eddy Fishing Access - Gold Bar, Washington

Route - Highway 2 - heading east to Big Eddy Fishing Access:

Traveling east on Hwy 2 (Stevens Pass Road) you will pass the towns of Monroe, Sultan, Startup, and Gold Bar. Approximately 1.5 miles outside of Gold Bar, WA you will cross the bridge that goes over the Skykomish River, the big eddy fishing access parking lot is just passed the bridge on the right hand side of Hwy 2.

Route - Highway 2 - heading west to Big Eddy Fishing Access:

  • Traveling  west on Hwy 2 (Stevens Pass Road) you will pass the towns of Skykomish, Baring, and Index.
  • The big eddy fishing access parking lot will be on your left just off Hwy 2 about 1.5 miles east of Gold Bar, WA.
  • Look for a Wildwater vehicle, or sign. If  you are lost please call 1.509.470.8558

Helpful tips:

You will meet us at the Big Eddy fishing access parking lot off of Highway 2 just 1.5 miles east of Gold Bar, Washington. If you are traveling from Seattle you will cross the bridge over the Skykomish river and turn right into the gravel parking area. If you are traveling from the east side you will turn left into Big Eddy fishing access parking lot before you cross the bridge.


*In addition to the directions provided, Wildwater strongly suggests using a Washington State highway map or searching the address provided above in Google Maps for extra directions.

*Discover pass required

You can purchase the Discover pass here:


Driving times:

From Seattle, WA. approximately 1 hour

From Tacoma, WA approximately 1. 5 hours

From Leavenworth, WA approximately 1.5 hours