Sharing the experience of rafting in Oregon and Washington for more than 40 years!

What sets River Drifters apart?

Our passion for adventure and love of rivers drives us to make whitewater rafting comfortable, fun and accessible to as many people as possible here in the amazing Pacific Northwest!

Access to Oregon & Washington’s Top Rivers

When you raft with River Drifters, you gain access to nine of Oregon and Washington’s best whitewater rivers. Whether you’re experienced or a beginner, you can find a trip that meets your skill level, time commitment, and sense of adventure. The longer your trip, the more time you’ll have to explore side canyons, go fishing or swim in the clear, glacier-fed waters.

Experienced, Friendly Guides

River Drifters is locally owned and family operated which means any of our guides have been working with us for decades or more. They are diverse and interesting people who have a passion for rivers and guiding. We take risk management very seriously. Our guides are accomplished in outdoor skills, trained in first aid, CPR and river rescue, and knowledgeable about the natural and cultural history of the area. They carry communication devices on the river so that they can contact the authorities and the River Drifters office in the case of an emergency.

Top-Quality Gear

Gear can make or break any outdoor trip and rafting is no exception. River Drifters provides guests with splash jackets, PFDs and, when necessary, 2-3 mil “farmer John”-style wetsuits and neoprene booties. We use only well-maintained, high-quality rafts and inflatable kayaks. The river and water flow as well as the group size dictate the type of raft we use for each trip. The majority of the time, we use paddle rafts that carry 6 to 8 people and one guide. We limit trip sizes to ensure that guests have a comfortable and fun experience. On request, we can bring inflatable kayaks on our rafting trips. On overnight trips, we provide guests with dry bags to ensure a dry and well-deserved night’s sleep after a long day on the water.

Hearty Meals

No matter how short or long your trip, you’ll work up an appetite when rafting with us. River Drifters is committed to providing guests with hearty, delicious meals that typically include meats, cheeses, fresh fruits and veggies, and something to please your sweet tooth. We are more than happy to accommodate guests with special dietary restrictions. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have food intolerances or allergies.

Unmatched Value

River Drifters offers a wide variety of rafting trips at competitive, affordable prices. We provide attractive group deals and family discounts for ages 14 and under. We know you have many choices when you go rafting in Oregon or Washington. Thanks for choosing to raft with us! We strive to make sure our guests have a fun, comfortable experience. Many people come back year after year, and we hope you will too.

Our Core Values

From our deep commitment to operating our business in a sustainable way, to the genuine kindness that builds team pride and earns the trust of new and returning guests, River Drifters is a company that strives to live our core values and in doing so, earn your trust and your continued business.

Read more about our Core Values below.

River Drifters
Core Values


Deep appreciation and commitment to operating our business in a sustainable way that preserves the wild and scenic rivers and outdoor spaces through Leave No Trace ethics while sharing this philosophy with our guests. This is our way of protecting the wildlife, history, geology, and the natural river environment for generations to come.


Investing time, energy and ongoing resources in our diverse and experienced guides, drivers, reservation specialists, office staff, and the local and global communities we serve. We are committed to giving back to organizations and the people who work with American Rivers, America Outdoors, American Whitewater, and Oregon Natural Desert Association.


Demonstrating the genuine care, respect and kindness that builds team pride and earns the trust of new and returning guests, communities, and the organizations that align with our values. We treat each other and guests with care and respect, with the intention of creating a safe place for everyone to thrive.


Doing the right thing, owning the times we fall short, and forgiving honest mistakes within our standards for excellence in operations, guest services, and logistics of running high-quality trips. Choosing to practice our values individually so that collectively we all benefit from doing right when we are alone and in community with one another.

Unmatched Value

Delivering exceptional outdoor experiences while providing the highest-quality gear, hearty meals, and professionalism from the beginning to the end of your experience with us. We provide access to world-class adventures on 9 OR and WA rivers so that you get to connect with each other in the outdoors surrounded by the richness that is our natural world.

Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of hearing countless stories of how our outdoor adventures have positively influenced the lives of local and global families, groups, and organizations.

Serving you has given us purpose, focus and inspiration to keep striving to deliver exceptional outdoor experiences.

You have our continued commitment to:

Providing the highest-quality gear, diverse and experienced guides, hearty and delicious food, and unmatched value.

Customizing trips that will allow you to soak up the full whitewater rafting experience, breathtaking views, and unique wildlife along the way.

Striving to live our core values and in doing so earn your trust so that like many of our guests, you too make our river trips an annual tradition for your family or group!

River Drifters has been featured in publications and podcasts nationwide:

Travel Oregon Article
Bend Oregon Article
OregonLive Article
SupPaul Podcast
Statesman Journal Article
River Talk Podcast

River Drifters has the perfect Oregon rafting trip for everyone! Call today or book your trip online!