The Best Rafting Trips in Leavenworth, WA


Whitewater rafting is a sport that should be on every adventure seeker’s bucket list. Nestled in the Cascade Mountains between Tacoma and Seattle, Leavenworth is Washington’s hidden gem. Leavenworth is known for its scenic landscape and Bavarian feel. The calm Icicle River and wild Wenatchee River call Leavenworth home. If you’re looking for a thrilling or calm day on the water, here are the best places that offer rafting trips in Leavenworth.

Osprey Rafting is number one in the business. They make rafting fun for the whole family. Osprey offers family-friendly rafting trips for ages as low as three. Their Main Event and Family Fun tours include lunch at their Huck’s Landing beach takeout. The happy Hour tour caters to the more adventurous rafter with up to class IV rapids that take you through Tenley Falls. You can even wash it down with a beverage from Icicle Brewing Co. after.

Alpine Adventures offers trips throughout Washington state including the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers. Their Wenatchee River excursions start in the Ponderosa pines and pass through orchards in Wenatchee Valley. Their guides can make your trip as “wild or mild” as you like. Their scenic trips on the lower Wenatchee and Icicle embrace the Washington wildlife. Trips range from four – 14 miles.

Orion Expeditions plans unique trips such as a geology and astronomy trip and a trip to Bordeaux Wine Cellar. Their most popular Wenatchee River trip ranges from six – 14 miles with up to class III rapids. One of the oldest rafting companies, Orion enforces the importance of their highly trained river guides. They even offer training sessions to become a guide.

Wildwater River Guides guides you through trips on seven of Washington’s “most exhilarating rivers.” Their Wenatchee River trip takes you through the scenic Wenatchee Valley and class III rapids such as “Snowblind” and “Rock and Roll”. For the calmer adventure seeker, stand up paddleboarding trips are offered on the lower Wenatchee. Want to experience more? Wildwater has a whitewater rafting trip in Chile too.

While whitewater rafting is one of Leavenworth’s best attractions, there’s more than that to experience. If you’re looking to stay and see more, Pine River Ranch B&B offers lodging and vacation packages for your stay in Leavenworth.

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