KLICKITAT RIVER FULL-DAY RAFTING TRIPS

21 miles in a remote river canyon at the base of Mt. Adams!

Rafting on the Klickitat River starts in a remote canyon and is one of the most spectacular wilderness day trips that we run. 21 miles of rafting makes the Klickitat River the longest day trip that we have to offer.

If miles of rapids in a truly wilderness setting all sound good to you, then look no further!

The Klickitat provides numerous rapids, excellent scenery, and unforgettable memories. Midway through the trip, we will provide a well-deserved lunch that will be served right on the river!

The age minimum for this trip is 10 years old. The physical and mental criteria for eligibility to participate on any River Drifters river trip can be found on our Essential Eligibility Criteria for participation page.

River Drifters will provide all the necessary gear to make your trip enjoyable, relaxing and most importantly, hassle free! View our Equipment List on this page for a comprehensive personal gear list.

Please visit our cancellation policy page for full details on cancellations, trip/date changes, and refunds.

FULL-DAY TRIP DETAILS AND ITINERARY

Meeting Location:

Across the Bridge from LEIDL Campground Glenwood, WA

Meeting Time:

10:00 am the day of your trip

Return Time:

Around 3:30 pm

Getting Here:

Glenwood, WA is just 105 miles by car from the Portland/ Vancouver Area and about 143 miles from the Tri-Cities area in Eastern Washington. Please plan accordingly as we start on time. Plan your travel ahead of time by checking estimated drive times, as well as Oregon Trip Check & WA DOT for current delays and road closures.

Check-In:
Arrive at Liedl Campground & check in. Change into river clothes, use the restroom, etc. Please be on time. We ask that guests fill out the online registration and waivers prior to your trip to expedite the check-in process. Our guides will give a mandatory safety speech to the group and issue out a PFD, helmet, wetsuit, neoprene booties, and splash jacket to each guest. Valuables and a change of clothes will be locked in your vehicle, and car keys are kept secured in the guide’s drybag. Once ready, the group will load into a River Drifters shuttle and drive to the put-in.

How to get there:

Driving Directions from the Portland/Vancouver Area:
Access I-84 East toward The Dalles. Take exit 64 for White Salmon & turn left at the light to cross the Hood River Toll Bridge ($2 CASH ONLY TOLL). Once across the bridge turn left at the light & drive 1.2 miles on WA-14 West. Just before you cross the White Salmon River turn right onto Alt. WA-141 North. At the STOP sign* turn left onto WA-141 North & head towards Trout Lake. Continue to BZ Corners, WA & turn right just before ‘The Logs’ restaurant. Travel northeast towards Glenwood, roughly 15 miles. This road has many turns, follow signs for Glenwood). Once in Glenwood turn RIGHT & travel roughly 15+ miles EAST until you reach a campground on your right marked LIEDL. Look for the River Drifters crew.

Alternate Route from the Vancouver Area:
Take WA-14 East towards Camas. Once you cross the White Salmon River turn left onto Alt. Travel north until you reach the STOP* sign. From here follow the directions above.

Driving Directions from the Tri-Cities Area:
Take I-82 West/US-12 to WA-223 W in Yakima County. Take exit 58 from I-82 W/US-12 W. Continue on WA-223 W for 8.2 miles. Take WA-22 W to US-97 S for 8.2 miles then turn LEFT onto WA-223W. Go 3.8 miles and turn RIGHT onto WA-22W. Drive 3.5 miles then take a slight LEFT onto Larue Rd. Drive almost a mile then turn LEFT onto US-97 S. Drive US-97 S for 47 miles. Follow WA-142 to Glenwood-Goldendale Rd for another 22.7 miles until you arrive a Liedl Campground.

Driving Directions from Seattle:
Travel South on I-5 toward Portland. Then follow the directions from the Portland / Vancouver Area on the left side of this page.

Pre-trip Checklist
  • Complete online registration
  • Complete online waiver
  • Plan for the unexpected (travel insurance)
What we provide
  • Transportation
  • Riverside Lunch
  • PFDs, helmets, paddles, wetsuits, neoprene booties, and splash tops
What you are responsible for
  • Getting to our location at LEIDL Campground
  • Meals and lodging before and after your trip
  • Personal clothing and other miscellaneous items (see equipment list)
  • Guides gratuities (see below)
Professional Tips

Wetsuits and splash jackets are often recommended for spring and fall trips, and for guests spending time in inflatable kayaks. The wetsuits are 2-3ml “Farmer John” style, which is combined with a splash jacket to provide full-body coverage. Wetsuits and splash jackets are suggested when the air temperature is 75°F or cooler, however children and individuals who get cold easily may want these additional layers when the air temperature is forecasted to be between 75°F to 80°F. Wetsuits and splash jackets are provided by River Drifters and our guides will issue out this gear on cooler weather trips or upon request.

Fleece is a generic term for a spun, polyester fabric developed for outdoor use. It is thick and fluffy and does not absorb water, making it ideal insulation on a river trip. It is commonly called Polartec or Polar Fleece. Polypropylene is a thinner, stretchier, woven variation used predominantly for long underwear. Any polypropylene long underwear will work; heavyweight is the most versatile.

Layering your clothing is an effective way to adjust to the daily weather changes that you may encounter. A light polypropylene layer under a heavy fleece top under a rain shell will get you going on the chilliest of mornings and allow you to shed layers as the day warms up.

Lodging
  • Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA | 509-314-4177
  • Ruby June Inn, Husum, WA | 509-493-0517
  • Best Western Plus Hood River INN, Hood River, OR | 541-386-2200
  • There are many lodging options in Hood River, OR as well as White Salmon and Bingen, WA.
Camping
  • Liedl Campground: This is our meeting spot and is great for camping. There are large group sites as well as sites suitable for individuals or smaller groups
  • Peterson Prairie Campground: 800-280-2267 – about 45 minutes from our meeting spot
  • Stinson Flat Campground: 1 mile South of Liedl on the Glenwood/Goldendale Rd.

Check-In: Arrive at Liedl Campground & check in. Change into river clothes, use the restroom, etc. Please be on time.

Introduction & Shuttle to Put-In: Our trips start with a mandatory river safety speech. Then you will get outfitted with a wetsuit, booties, splash jacket, PFD, & helmet (all provided). Once dressed we will shuttle to the river put-in. At the put-in, your guides will give an additional safety talk & provide instructions for the basic paddle strokes that you will need for a fun trip. Then the group will go rafting!

Lunch: Stop along the river for lunch.

Take-out & Shuttle: Arrive at the take out. You’ll return your River Drifters gear & get changed into dry clothes.

Please keep in mind that every trip is different, as weather, water flow, and group dynamics all influence trip pace

In the summertime the weather in the Columbia River Gorge is warm and mostly dry. However, you must be prepared for rain and wind in every season. Below is a chart of average temperatures and rainfall in the Columbia Gorge during the rafting season. Please check the weather forecast prior to your trip!

May June July August September
Avg Day 69°F 74°F 82°F 82°F 76°F
Avg Night 45°F 51°F 55°F 54°F 46°F
Rainfall 1.3″ 0.87″ 0.28″ 0.31″ 0.92″

Wetsuits and splash jackets are often recommended for spring and fall trips, and for guests spending time in inflatable kayaks. The wetsuits are 2-3ml “Farmer John” style, which is combined with a splash jacket to provide full-body coverage. Wetsuits and splash jackets are suggested when the air temperature is 75°F or cooler, however children and individuals who get cold easily may want these additional layers when the air temperature is forecasted to be between 75°F to 80°F. Wetsuits and splash jackets are provided by River Drifters and our guides will issue out this gear on cooler weather trips or upon request.

We primarily use paddle rafts but sometimes we also use oar-paddle combination rafts. Everyone should come expecting to be active participants in the trip regardless of which type of raft you end up in. If there are any physical limitations, please reach out to us so that we can make sure to accommodate any adjustments you will need.

Paddle Rafts

Paddle rafts are 13 to 15 feet long and carry 6 paddlers who actively paddle through the rapids and down the river. Everyone has a paddle, sits on the outer tube of the raft and follows the commands of the paddle guide who sits in the rear.

If you truly enjoy your trip, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation. Tipping is optional and personal, but since a lot of people ask, a customary amount is between 10 and 15 percent of the trip cost. Tips can be given to the Lead Guide who will share them with the entire crew. And the entire crew will appreciate them and put them to good use. (And thank you.)

If you still have questions, please feel free to call us (800-972-0430) or e-mail us (office@riverdrifters.net). We love to talk about our trips!

EQUIPMENT LIST

Your comfort is our top priority. River Drifters provides all the necessary rafting gear for your trip. Wetsuits are required for all guests on all our Klickitat River rafting trips because the water temperature rarely rises above 45°F. Splash jackets and fleeces will be offered to guests and can be layered over the wetsuit. Guests should also bring personal non-cotton clothing, such as synthetic or polyester materials, Gore-Tex, wool, or neoprene, that can be layered under or on top of the wetsuit. If you have any questions about the gear list, please call our office at 800-972-0430.

EQUIPMENT PACKING LIST
  • A pair of quick-drying shorts/bathing suit and a non- cotton shirt (synthetic or polyester are best). When we issue the wetsuits and splash jackets these layers can be worn underneath.
  • Long-sleeved synthetic shirt or fleece (NO cotton) for extra warmth
  • Hat for sun protection.
  • Old pair of tennis shoes, neoprene booties with soles, or sandals (closed-toed, such as Keen, are recommended). We recommend shoes that stay on your feet and do not fall off easily. Shoes are required.
  • Sunglasses and/or prescription eyeglasses or contacts.
  • Sunglass strap for both sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses. (We have straps available at the outpost.)
  • Change of clothes for after the trip.
OPTIONAL ITEMS

Not absolutely necessary but you are welcome to bring them.

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Personal snacks
  • Waterproof camera or GoPro
  • Small drybag

We will provide: PFD, helmet, wetsuit, splash jacket, and neoprene booties for each guest which are required.

Please do not bring: Alcohol, valuable jewelry, bluetooth speakers, guns or irreplaceable items.

ON THE RIVER:

ON YOUR BODY you will want a thick, synthetic fleece top, (pullovers are best) and a sturdy, fully waterproof rain shell. You may also want fleece pants or polypropylene long underwear bottoms and rain pants. Don’t bring a cotton sweatshirt and a windbreaker; cotton is worthless when wet and won’t work for on-river insulation and you need something waterproof over your fleece.

ON YOUR FEET you will want shoes that stay on if you go for a swim and are comfortable for hiking. Sport sandals with heel straps (Tevas, Chacos, Keen, etc.) work well, (buckles are better than velcro). Old running shoes work well and are easy to find. Neoprene, wool or fleece socks will add a bit of insulation under shoes or sandals. Wetsuit booties work but can be a bit clammy after a full day.

Think layers. The key to being comfortable on the Klickitat is being dry and adaptable; a thin synthetic layer (polypro) next to your skin with a thick synthetic layer (fleece) over it with a waterproof layer (wetsuit and splash jacket or drysuit) over that seems to work the best. Feet and hands get cold easily and we suggest wetsuit booties or neoprene socks under sturdy shoes and neoprene gloves or fleece and dishwashing gloves. Cotton is worthless when wet and should not be used for on-river insulation.

Professional Dressing Tips

‘Fleece’ is a generic term for a spun, polyester fabric developed for outdoor use. It is thick and fluffy and does not absorb water, making it ideal insulation on a river trip. It is commonly called Polartec or Polar Fleece. Polypropylene is a thinner, stretchier, woven variation used predominantly for long underwear. Any polypropylene long underwear will work; heavyweight is the most versatile.

Layering your clothing is an effective way to adjust to the daily weather changes that you may encounter. A light polypropylene layer under a heavy fleece top under a rain shell will get you going on the chilliest of mornings and allow you to shed layers as the day warms up.

Where to find it:

Local outdoor or sporting goods stores should have everything you need and fleece garments are now available at most department and closeout stores. Great selections of river trip gear are also available on-line through:

  • Pacific River Supply (drysuit rentals)
  • Northwest River Supplies
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • REI
  • Patagonia
Professional Shopping Tip
  • Thrift Store
Klickitat River Full-Day 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?