Klickitat River Rafting

Spectacular Scenery



Difficulty LevelClass III – IV

Age Requirement10+

Length in miles21

Length in timeFull Day


Vaux’s Swift

(Chaetura vauxi) – Vaux’s Swifts are truly amazing aerialists. They spend much of the time in the air and forage, drink, court, collect nesting materials and copulate all in flight. They have a voracious appetite for flying insects and ballooning spiders. Vaux’s Swifts arrive in Oregon in late April, court their mates in May and June, and have their 4-6 eggs laid and hatched by July.

Similar Trips

Clackamas River Rafting
White Salmon River Rafting



Every spring in southern Washington, Mt. Adams & the Goat Rock Wilderness begin to drain themselves from a long winter of rain and snow. The remote and secluded Klickitat canyon passes through some of the most picturesque scenery around. The journey will start up in a forested gorge, filled with giant pine and oak trees and towering basalt walls and end up with a giant desert canyon. On this trip you may see deer, elk, and osprey! Our trip will take one through 17 to 21 miles (depending on water level) of breathtaking scenery, not to mention more than 10 miles of back-to-back rapids. Even the most experienced rafters will get their fill of rapids on the Klickitat River!

Early travelers with the Lewis & Clark expedition named this river after the Indian tribe that resided along the river’s edge. The term ‘Klickitat’ was translated by railroaders to mean ‘robbers’ and the US government said the term meant ‘beyond’. Either way you define it, a day on the Klickitat River will rob you of daily stress and fill your mind with memories beyond your expectations.

The Klickitat River is located 2 hours east of Portland. There is plenty of camping nearby. The meeting site (Leidl Campground) is an excellent site for a weekend away from it all. If you would like to have a true weekend getaway, then combine a Klickitat River trip with a White Salmon River trip for a real whitewater weekend!

Our Guides

Our guides are experienced and accomplished in outdoor skills and trained in first aid, CPR, and river rescue. They are environmental stewards of the outdoor areas where we work and play and are knowledgeable about the natural & cultural history of the river. They are fun, interesting people who have a passion for rivers and guiding. If you have questions about rafting or the unique features of the Klickitat River, ask and they will be happy to share what they know.


The river hosts runs of native and hatchery steelhead, Spring Chinook Salmon, Fall Chinook Salmon and Coho/Silver Salmon. The river is heavily stocked by the tribes and offers some incredible fishing as a result.

Wildlife Viewing

The wildlife area is managed to provide access to the Klickitat River’s summer-run steelhead fishery, but additionally provides black-tailed deer wintering range and important habitat for the Western gray squirrel and Vaux’s swift. There are 19 wildlife ponds and numerous springs located throughout the area as well. Wildlife use here is diverse, from elk to western pond turtles.

“A wonderful company to work with! Thank you so much!”

– Jody Fletcher

Klickitat River Rafting Trips ….

Klickitat River Full Day

Season: April - May
Duration: Full Day
Length: 21 miles
Price: Custom
Rapids: III-IV
Skill Level: Continuous paddling
Age Minimum: 10

Customized trips: call for booking info. 8 person minimum.

Are you ready for your rafting adventure on the Klickitat River?