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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Whitewater Rafting?

Whitewater rafting is a sport whose participants journey by inflatable boat down a river valley. Along the way, rapids are encountered. The raft rises over tall waves and plunges down steep drops. Paddlers pull as a team to steer the raft clear of boulders, logs, bridge abutments, and dangerous hydraulics.

Is It Safe?

Whitewater rafting is justly famous for adrenaline-pumping action. Less well-known is this fact: Whitewater rafting with a conscientious, professional outfitter is the safest adventure travel sport of all. We at North Cascades River Expeditions are completely dedicated and committed to your safety. Our perfect safety record spans 31 years of professional operation and over 45,000 paying passengers. We’re proud of this record and we pledge our very best to preserve it.

Who Can Go Whitewater Rafting?

Just about anyone over 10 can go whitewater rafting. Bring the whole family. We enjoy teaching rafting fundamentals and most people catch on very quickly.

Why Go Whitewater Rafting?

River running is good, clean fun. A river journey holds adventure, discovery, excitement, challenge, and camaraderie. You even get a little exercise.

Why Choose North Cascades?

We know that you demand and deserve the best. Our commitment to excellence is only one reason that we are the choice of the discriminating paddler. Here are ten more:

1. Experience: Under the same ownership since 1980, we have seen much, but are eager to learn more. We know we must maintain our reputation river mile after river mile.

2. Small trips: We limit the size of our river trips to enhance safety, increase personal service and have more fun.

3. Self-bailing rafts: We use only self-bailing rafts, along with state of the art life jackets, helmets, dry bags, paddles, and accessories.

4. Wetsuit Rental: Our front-zip wetsuits are unsurpassed in style, comfort, and ease of fit.

5. Lunch: The hearty riverside lunch and riverside mocha bar remain North Cascades' traditions. Bon Appetit!

6. Guides: Our guides are mature professionals that have paid their dues. Their knowledge and expertise always come with a friendly smile.

7. River Conservation: North Cascades supports all efforts to preserve free-flowing rivers for future generations of paddlers.

8. Fully Insured and Licensed: North Cascades is fully insured and licensed by the state of Washington.

9. Price: Check out our price. You won't find a better value in river rafting.

10. Safety Record: North Cascades has a perfect safety record. We're proud of this record and we cherish it as highly as we do our adventurous heritage.


Minimum ages are


Minimum Age

Green 16
Methow 10
North Fork Skykomish 18
Sauk 10
Skagit 6
Skykomish 18
Suiattle 10
Tieton 10
Wenatchee 10

  Do I need advanced reservations?


Can I bring my camera?

Don't bring your good camera. Pick up a waterproof version of a throwaway model. These cameras are ideal for throwing away. They take great pictures, too.

Should I bring anything?

Just bring dry clothes and a towel and leave them in your car. Do not bring luggage containers. Extra sweaters, gloves, or paddling jackets can be carried in our dry bags. So can personal medical supplies that people need to bring.

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North Cascades River Expeditions
PO Box 116
Arlington, Wa 98223
360-435-9548  fax 360-435-0796
Toll Free: 1-800-634-8433

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