Whitewater rafting in Oregon and Washington is some of the best rafting in the country! River Drifters is one of the oldest and most experienced whitewater rafting companies in Oregon and Washington. Our professional guides are committed to making your adventure with us not only safe but of the finest possible quality.  River Drifters ran its first commercial trip in the Summer of 1979.  The company was founded with a small collection of friends whom were teachers and shared the common love of the river and adventure.  The love for both the river and adventure has been passed down from guide to guide over the years.  The Pacific Northwest is an easy place to Fall in love with, offering many wonderful and thrilling outdoor opportunities.

As the business has matured over the last three decades, River Drifters has kept a focus on offering affordable trips for everyone.  Our trips are generously priced with delivering the highest possible safety and quality in mind.  With this in mind, we also strive to source as much of our food, gear & supplies locally.  We feel it is our social responsibility to deliver a high quality and safe adventure with the lightest possible impact.  Outdoor Adventure is a truly remarkable and sustainable industry that we want to not only thrive in, but protect and preserve for future generations as well.

We offer one of the best whitewater rafting trip selections of Oregon and Washington’s whitewater outfitters. Our equipment is the best on the market, our riverside cuisine is healthy and the value is unbelievable! Above all, the atmosphere is catered towards your enjoyment. At River Drifters, rivers in general is our passion. When we are done with work, we play on the river & in the off season, we play on the river! We love the rivers we run in Oregon and Washington, and our enthusiasm and professionalism will show it! We are eager to share our love for rivers with you!

Why Should I Raft With River Drifters?

Oregon & Washington’s Best Rivers

When you raft with River Drifters you get the best selection of wonderful rivers in the area! Many of our guests fall in love with a fabulous river close to them and continue to raft them annually with us. Other guests love to climb the ladder of river progress and paddle a new river each year, exploring the enchanting canyons and paddling new water!

Safety & Guides

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A thorough safety discussion is given prior to every launch.

This is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you are browsing through this site. It’s simple: we are owner operated, focusing on intimate, top quality river trips. Our guides are truly the pride and our largest asset for the company. Our guides average years of experience and they are certified by the Red Cross in both CPR and First Aid. In addition, many of our guides are Swiftwater Rescue Technicians (SRT).  Additionally, many of our guides have led commercial trips in several other states and around the world.  Most importantly, our guides are intelligent, entertaining and very knowledgeable about the river. They are caring to each individual on the trip. Our guides love what they do and their level of professionalism and performance show it!

Top Quality Gear

Our equipment is new, rugged, top of the line, self bailing rafts. We never overload our boats with too many people. Often times when on the river, you can notice that there are several people on a raft and the people seemed to be squeezed in like sardines. Nobody has fun this way, so we make a special point of it to use smaller and sportier self bailing rafts with never more than 8 people per boat.

Paddle rafts is what most of our trips consist of. A paddle raft allows everyone to participate in paddling. These boats carry 6 to 8 people plus a guide. We use 13, 14 & 15 foot boats which have several air chambers and are designed to be unsinkable. During times of lower water levels, we use smaller rafts which provide more action and much more excitement in the smaller waves.

Great Food

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Most all of River Drifters’ trips include meals. Our meals consist of a healthy cuisine with very generous portions. On overnight trips, we serve every meal from lunch the first day to lunch on the final day. We cater towards your needs, so if there is any special dietary needs of one in your group (such as a vegetarian), simply let us know ahead of time and we make all of the necessary accommodations for them!  If you have a more strict diet that we may not be familiar with, please start a dialog with us to see what we can do collaboratively.

Unmatched Value

River Drifters not only provides a trip for every skill level and trip length but these trips are offered at competitive, realistic and affordable prices. We also offer some of the best special deals around the Northwest.

Personal Care

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The memories you will create will last for years to come and we want them to be the very best!  

One of the most important elements to us is that River Drifters is all about fun! We are dedicated in creating a warm and friendly atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable on each and every trip. This is your vacation and not ours, we work very hard to surpass your expectations. So please select River Drifters for your next river adventure—you’ll be happy you did!

What all this boils down to are small personalized rafts where everyone is part of the team!

The choice you make when determining what outfitter to go with, will strongly influence the trip that you will have and the important memories that you create!

A bit More about what Past Guests Had to Say:

“Thanks again for a great time! Everyone enjoyed themselves, even those who really didn’t want to go. Now they want to make it an annual event!” Kathy Cumpston, Louisiana Pacific

“We were very impressed with everyone, their helpfulness, friendliness and expertise. See you next year!” Anna Finley, AMD Corporation

“I have been rafting several times before, with and without guides and I have to say that this trip was by far the best!” Bill Hall, LSI Logic

“Had a wonderful time, definitely requesting your services next summer!”Janet Hersh

“Thanks for such a great time on the Deschutes River. I know all of the boys had a great time, as did I. We plan to go with you down the Wind River next April. Thanks again, it was great!” Frank Fischer

“Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip this weekend.
Collin and Mike were great guides and the whole experience was very
exhilarating while relaxing. We’ll be back for more!”
 Rick and MaryBeth Kahn

“Thank YOU for a great time yesterday! I’ve received tons of e-mails from people saying they had a great time and would love to do it again…… Thanks again! Let me know if u need any more guides…my offer still stands!” Sherry Hsia

“I appreciate your help and the fantastic raft trip this weekend. Everyone
had a great time. I will send referrals your way for sure. Thanks again!”
 Ted Mann

“Just a quick note to thank you and all your guides for a great trip this week. The kids had a wonderful time. They said everything was perfect, the food, the crew and even the weather. Hopefully next time I’ll even be invited along. Thanks again!” Carole Gerber

We have created this site to not only expose the many great adventures that we are proud to offer but as an educational tool as well. The main purpose of this site is to offer you with as much information as possible to ensure comfort, ease and confidence when choosing your next adventure for whitewater rafting in Oregon and/or Washington! Enjoy!