• Season CLOSED FOR 2015

  • Trip Length 3-4 Hrs.

  • Difficulty high

  • Age 16+

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Trip Info

*WE WILL NOT BE RUNNING THIS STRETCH OF RIVER AGAIN UNTIL THE 2016 SEASON DUE TO LOW RIVER LEVELS.

The transparent turquoise water of the Skykomish River flows around house sized boulders, creating an adventure filled with intense whitewater action and incredible scenery. Speaking of boulders, there is a famous Class V rapid, "Boulder Drop," which is one of the longest and hardest rapids in the state. On this nine-mile stretch of river, you'll experience numerous Class III and IV rapids as well, such as the "Railroad," "Deja Vu," and "Lunch Hole." The "Sky" is another classic favorite of both guides and rafters alike.

Skykomish river rafting near Seattle

If you've been rafting before and love a challenging whitewater adventure, the Skykomish is your river! The meeting location is located just down the road from Gold Bar and is in close proximity to Everett, Leavenworth, and Seattle. If you want to try something different, Wildwater also offers private kayaking trips and instruction down the Skykomish River.

Trip Itinerary

  1. Park vehicles at the meeting spot.
  2. Check in and fill out a participation waiver.
    Note: All minors must have a parent or legal guardian present to participate. If a minor will not be accompanied, he/she must have the waiver completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to the trip.
  3. After check-in, change into the river gear provided by Wildwater. Use your vehicle as a personal locker to store your street clothes and other belongings. Store your keys in Wildwater's secured location while you are on the river.
  4. Once everyone is geared up, we take a Wildwater vehicle to the shuttle, which takes us to the put-in/launch site.
  5. Before boarding the raft, a Wildwater staff member holds a Trip Talk to prepare you for what is to come.
  6. After the Trip Talk, you split into raft groups and meet your guide for the trip.
  7. Your guide discusses basic river rafting instruction before putting on the river.
  8. Now it's time to go rafting!
  9. At the end of the trip you take-out back at the meeting spot, change into dry clothing, and return all river gear you used to Wildwater staff members.

Directions to the Skykomish River Rafting Put In

Wildwater River Guides Skykomish rafting trips meet at the Big Eddy Fishing Access, 1.5 miles east of the town of Gold Bar. Big Eddy is located just east of the Skykomish River Bridge on Highway 2 and the gravel parking area is run by WDFW. We have done our best to provide you with detailed directions to the Skykomish River put in from Seattle, Leavenworth and Everett to ensure you are able to meet your trip on time. A Discover Pass is required to park in the lot and you can purchase one online. Be advised that in addition to the directions provided we strongly recommend using a Washington State highway map for additional information.

Directions to the Skykomish River from Seattle

  • Take I-90 E toward Bellevue.
  • Take exit 10B to get on I-405 N heading toward Everett.
  • Take exit 23 for WA-522 E toward Seattle/Bothell/Wenatchee/Woodinville/US 2.
  • Keep right at the fork and follow signs for WA-522 E toward Seattle/Bothell/Wenatchee/Woodinville/US-2.
  • Exit onto Hwy-2 E and follow the rest of the directions below.

Directions to the Skykomish River from Everett

  • Take Hwy-2 E towards Stevens Pass.
  • Traveling E on Hwy-2 you will pass the towns of Monroe, Sultan, Startup and Gold Bar.
  • Approximately 1.5 miles outside of Gold Bar, WA you will cross the bridge that goes over the Skykomish River.
  • Take a right just after the bridge into the Big Eddy Fishing Access parking lot, which is located on the South side of Hwy-2.
  • Look for a Wildwater vehicle or sign and if you are lost please call 1.509.470.8558.
  • Don't forget your Discover Pass!

Directions to the Skykomish River from Leavenworth

  • Take Hwy-2 W toward Stevens Pass.
  • Traveling West on Hwy-2 you will pass the towns of Skykomish, Baring and Index.
  • The Big Eddy Fishing Access parking lot is located on the south side of Hwy-2 and will be on your left just before the bridge that goes over the Skykomish River.
  • If you get to Gold Bar you have gone approximately 1.5 miles too far.
  • Look for a Wildwater vehicle or sign and if you are lost please call 1.509.470.8558.
  • Don't forget your Discover Pass!

Book Your Skykomish River Kayak or Raft Trip Today!

Wildwater River Guides offers Skykomish River rafting trips and Skykomish River kayak instruction and guided trips to Seattle, Everett and Leavenworth whitewater enthusiasts. Our expert guides have the highest level of training in the business and years of experience on the river so you can be confident you are in good hands. Contact us with questions or comments and then come experience the incredible rapids and beautiful scenery of the Skykomish River with Wildwater River Guides today. We look forward to meeting you!

*A Discover Pass is required for this river. Learn about Discover Passes and obtaining one in our FAQS.

Meeting Location

Big Eddy Fishing Access

Big Eddy Fishing Access
Gold Bar, Washington

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What we Provide

  • A top-of-the-line-neoprene sleeveless wetsuit
  • Neoprene booties for your feet
  • A helmet
  • A PFD (personal floatation device)
  • A splash jacket (upon request)

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit or swim trunks
  • Sunglasses (must have croakie attachment)
  • Extra layers for cold spring days (fleece, wool, or polypropylene - avoid cotton)
  • Sunscreen

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Wildwater Rafting is a fun activity for large groups. We welcome parties/groups for all occasions. Call and ask about our group rates!

  • Birthdays
  • Corporate/Company Team Building
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
  • Boy/Girl Scout Events

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