Class V Whitewater Paddling!



Difficulty LevelClass IV – V

Age Requirement16+

Length in miles6-11

Length in time3/4 Day


Peregrine Falcon

(Falco peregrinus) – Peregrine falcons are quick, large predatory raptors. The falcon’s strong, sharp yellow talons allow it to capture other birds, even while in flight. The peregrine falcon is the world’s fastest diving bird. The record-setting falcon was once clocked diving at a speed of 186 miles (300 kilometers) an hour. Falcons nest on cliffs up to 1,300 feet high and sometimes higher.

Similar Trips

White Salmon River Rafting
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The Wind River Trip is only available from April through mid-May! The Wind River is probably one of the most challenging and demanding runs that can be commercially rafted in the northwest! The unique Wind River gorge is one of the most beautiful, isolated and picturesque places that we run!

The journey down the Wind starts off mild but after the first 1.5 miles, the bottom drops out! The trip then accelerates into a mad rush to the Columbia River, with the next three miles with nearly continuous class IV+ and V rapids. The final few miles are a bit easier, but it does contain many class III+ and IV rapids. We stop mid-way through the trip and serve a well-deserved deli-style lunch. Although the run is only 8 miles, this run is a very fun day of paddling, portaging and teamwork!

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 Wind River ask and they will be happy to share what they know.


The Wind River has many different species of fish. It is one of the most popular spring Chinook sport fisheries in the state of Washington. The Wind River is also the first cold water tributary on the Washington side above the Bonneville Dam, and as such it attracts a lot of summer run steelhead. Access to the Wind River is plentiful because the Wind River Highway parallels most of the river.

Wildlife Viewing

Columbia Land Trust conserved 101 acres of forest and nearly a mile of shoreline along the Wind River in Skamania County, Washington. The property adds to land to the north conserved by the Land Trust in 2012, resulting in a total conservation area of 340 acres. The healthy Douglas Fir and western red cedar forest is home to black-tailed deer, mountain beaver, bats, Vaux’s swifts, bald eagles, and a host of other plant and animal species.

“River Drifters was a great time and had a cool experience from the start of the rafting trip to the bus ride back! Looking forward to another great experience next time!”

– Tim Garza

Wind River Rafting Trips ….

Wind River 3/4 Day

Season: April - May *depending on water levels*
Duration: 3/4 Day
Length: 6 -11 miles
Price: Custom
Rapids: IV-V
Skill Level: Experience required
Age Minimum: 16

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

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