About Wind River Whitewater Rafting Pacific Northwest

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, 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 trips meet at 9:30am in the morning and are completed usually by 2-3pm in the afternoon. If you would like an entire day of class IV+ paddling, then we would suggest the Sandy River Gorge.

The Wind River is definitely not for everyone. To raft the Wind River with River Drifters your entire party must be physically fit and have prior class IV rafting experience (and preferably with us)! The minimum age to raft the Wind River is 16. Since our main concern is not only your enjoyment, but safety plays a huge role on this run. River Drifters does reserve the right to re-schedule and/or cancel a trip due to unfavorable water levels or under qualified participants. Paddling class V whitewater is extremely fun but it is not for everyone!

Essential Eligibility Requirements for participation


3/4 Day Trip

$105per Adult


Meeting Place: Old Hatchery Road Boat Ramp
GPS Waypoint: 45.71833, -121.78923

Wind Directions


Peterson Prairie Campground: 8 miles west of Trout Lake via Highway 141. This campground does take reservations for both individual and group sites by calling (800) 280-2267. Travel Time to Meeting Spot: 45 minutes.

Panther Creek Campground: Very Close camping to the Wind River, great place and travel to meeting spot is 10 minutes.

Home Valley Campground: The closest campground to the Wind River and a short drive to the White Salmon as well. This is a very nice camping area with shade, beach access and a wonderful location.

Camping Conditions

Gifford Pinchot National Forest (Southern Washington)

List of Columbia Gorge Campgrounds
List of Columbia Gorge Lodging