The upper reach of the Skagit River is a turquoise jewel of a river, winding its way through the majestic North Cascades.  If you are looking for a beautiful river trip with several exciting rapids, this is the ONE! The trip begins near Newhalem, Washington, just 2.5 hours from Seattle and runs several class II & III rapids as you wind your way amongst the rugged peaks of the North Cascades National Park. 

What To Expect:

At Methow Rafting, we've got everything covered for a great day on the river, from gear, to instruction and shuttle from the river at the end of the trip. We take care of all the details! 

You'll meet your guides at the Goodell Creek Campground, just West of Newhalem, Washington (see map). You'll leave your vehicle and begin the trip there.  After checking in with our staff and signing waivers our guides will help outfit you with all of the gear you’ll need. Included in the cost of all of our trips is a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), helmet, paddle, wetsuit, paddle jacket if needed, and booties for your feet.

As soon as everybody's geared up, your guides will give an orientation that covers paddling technique and river safety. Expect to spend about three hours paddling the river with a relaxing lunch stop at a beach along the way.  We provide a big lunch platter including chips, dips, crackers, cheeses, meats, fruits, veggies, cookies and more. At the end of the trip we'll shuttle you back to your vehicle.

What You Should Bring:

Please bring a reusable water bottle. Please bring any medications that may be necessary during the trip, ie. asthma inhalers or epi-pen for severe allergic reactions; we’ll store them safely on the raft. Please notify your guide- we need to know if you have any medical conditions. Depending on the weather you may want to bring a warm layer, we recommend a fleece (no cotton please). If you must bring a camera we recommend only waterproof cameras.  Please leave all other personal items in your vehicle or at home.

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