1-800-522-WILD (9453)



(Class IV)

After the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens the Toutle River was filled with enough volcanic silt that the river bed is still changing to this day. Come experience the incredible Class III and Class IV rapids near Castle Rock, WA in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens. When you are looking for early season rafting near Portland or Tacoma this is your river. Book a trip today or contact Wildwater River Guides with questions.

The Seattle river rafters know they can count on the Toutle to deliver big hits at the start of the rafting season. Early Class III+ rapids like "Stairsteps" and "Tempest in a Teapot" take you between basalt walls and enormous boulders, but can't compare to the Class IV Hollywood Gorge. With huge waves and bottomless holes the historic Toutle should be on your list when you are looking for rafting near Seattle, Tacoma or Portland.

Toutle River Whitewater Rafting near Portland and Tacoma

A Historic Raft Trip near Seattle

Raft the Toutle River with Wildwater

The rumbling rapids and craggy scenery of the Toutle are incredible, but the muddy brown water means it is important to have an experienced guide. All of the full time staff at Wildwater River Guides have a Swiftwater Rescue Certification and experience with the newest rescue and raft guiding techniques. Combined with the latest rafting equipment and protective gear for our clients we think about safety so you can focus on fun. Book a trip with Wildwater today! We also offer Toutle River kayak trips. For more information on private kayak tours on the Toutle contact Wildwater River Guides.

Season: May 16th & 17th   4-5 Hour Adventure     Price: $89/p      Age Requirement: 14 years old



Meet at Riverview Drive & Tower Road - Castle Rock, Washington

Address: Riverview Drive & Tower Road, Castle Rock, WA 98611

Route - I-5 to Castle Rock:

• You will take exit 49 off I-5 to Highway 504 east for 2 miles.

• Turn left onto Tower Road at the Chevron Gas Station/Grocery.

• Turn left onto Riverview Drive and travel 3 miles to the Toutle River Bridge.

• Look for a Wildwater vehicle, or sign. If  you are lost please call 1.509.470.8558



*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.


Driving times:

From Seattle, WA. approximately 2.5 hours.

From Tacoma, WA. approximately 2 hours.

From Portland, OR. approximately 1.5 hours.


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 at the Toutle River Bridge. 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).

For this river trip we suggest you bring:

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

• 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  •