• Season August

  • Trip Length 3-4 Hrs.

  • Difficulty low

  • Age 8+

$69/Person Book Trip Now

Trip Info

Skagit River Whitewater Rafting near Seattle

The Skagit River is the perfect Seattle area family friendly adventure. The put in is at the Goodell Creek campground located within North Cascades National Park and just off the scenic North Cascades Highway, about an hour and 45 minutes from downtown Everett. Located 1/2 mile from Newhalem, it is close to other exciting activities like Ladder Creek Falls, the Trail of the Cedars and Diablo Dam. The Skagit River rafting trip will take you through mild Class II and Class III whitewater and continuous stunning scenery along the 9 mile stretch of Wild and Scenic River. When you are looking for a fun, family friendly activity near Seattle, think of Wildwater and the Skagit River.

Seattle Family Friendly Adventure on the Skagit

Rafting on the Skagit River is a perfect introduction into whitewater rafting for the entire family. The majority of the 9 mile trip is simple class II rapids perfect for enjoying the view and getting the novice rafters used to paddling. Near the end you will find the class III S-bends rapid and famous Skagitator hole to test your skills. Everyone 8 and up will find rafting a new and exciting way to see the emerald green waters of the Skagit! Sign up for this family friendly adventure today.

Raft the Skagit River with Wildwater

When you are looking for rafting near Everett or Seattle you can count on Wildwater to provide a professional and exciting trip for the whole family. If you want a beginner raft trip near Seattle you should make sure you have the best trained guides and newest equipment. All of the full time Wildwater guides are experts on the Skagit River and are certified in Swiftwater Rescue. This means we have the highest trained guides in the Washington river guiding business so you can be confident you are taken care of so you can concentrate on having fun. Join the experience with Wildwater today! Looking for lodging, camping, or dinning options? Visit our regional links page for information on local attractions.

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 Skagit River Rafting Put In

Wildwater River Guides Skagit River rafting trips meet at Goodell Creek Campground approximately 14 miles east of the town of Marblemount, WA. We have done our best to provide you with detailed directions to the Skagit River put in from Seattle and Everett to ensure you are able to meet your trip on time. If you are coming from the east side of the Cascade Mountains remember that Hwy 20 is closed in both directions though Washington Pass in the winter and you should check the Washington DOT website before heading that way. 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 Skagit River from Seattle

  • Take I-5 N toward Everett.
  • Follow the directions from Everett below.

Directions to the Skagit River from Everett

  • Take I-5 N toward Vancouver, BC.
  • Take exit 208 for Hwy-530 E toward Arlington/Darrington.
  • Turn right onto Hwy-530 E/WA-530 E.
  • Follow Hwy-530 E toward the North Cascades Hwy/WA-20.
  • Turn right onto WA-20 E toward Marblemount.
  • From Marblemount continue approximately 14 miles to mile post #119.
  • Turn right into the Goodell Creek Campground on the south side of Hwy 20 at mile post #119.
  • Look for a Wildwater vehicle or sign and if you are lost please call 1.509.470.8558.

Book Your Skagit River Kayak or Raft Trip Today!

Wildwater River Guides offers Skagit River rafting trips and Skagit River kayak instruction and guided trips to Seattle and Everett 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 family friendly fun of the Skagit River with Wildwater River Guides today. We look forward to meeting you!

Meeting Location

Goodell Creek Campground

Goodell Campground
Marblemount, WA 98267

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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

Looking for Group Rates?

Wildwater Rafting is a fun activity for large groups. We welcome parties/groups for all occasions. Call and ask about our group rates or follow the link below.

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

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Have Questions?

View our FAQs or contact us. We would be happy to discuss any question you have.

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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!

Participant Agreement Form

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