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Whitewater Kayaking: Skills and Drills (Part One)

Making the most of Class II sections comes in many forms. Sometimes there are epic surf waves to be caught on the fly or with eddy service, sometimes there are just-right eddy lines that make a stern squirt come off effortlessly. But even when conditions aren’t as playful as they could be, there are ways of making a relatively ho-hum stretch of river a little more challenging. Here are five of our favorite ways to add some spice to your next Class II ramble.

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April Showers Bring May Flow(er)s

We had a dry winter, but April brought a bucketload of water to our snowpack. What does that increased Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) mean for our rafting season?

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Giveaway Alert!!

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Nooksack Eagle Floats

Our friends at River Dog Outfitters are offering Bald Eagle trips on the Wild and Scenic North Fork of Nooksack river this winter. This is a great way to get outside and experience one of the largest gatherings of Bald Eagles in North America.

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Covid-19 Information

Wildwater’s COVID-19 NOTICE

Updated Operating procedures for our Rafting Trips, Kayak Instruction, and all other trips/offerings as of May 13th, 2022.

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Apparel Highlight: Wildwater hats

In these times of uncertainty why stress over a bad hair day?

Two different ways to purchase:

  1. Call the office at 509-470-8558
  2. Send an email to
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For the month of May, we are hosting a photo contest. We want you to share your favorite WILDWATER memories.

Follow the directions listed below and we will enter your name to win a FREE trip on the river of your choice. It's that simple, really!

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Guide School Scholarships

Do you want to get paid to play in the outdoors? Raft guiding allows you to work outside, making it a great summer job for outdoor enthusiasts. In fact, many professional river guides started their whitewater career as a summer job while attending classes during the rest of the year.

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Sunset Falls Project Terminated: The Skyomish river still runs wild!

On my way to the river, I roll down my window just to hear the roar of the water at Sunset Falls. Standing at the bottom with the mist from the falls still hitting my face from 20 feet back gives me such a respect for the power of water and keeping rivers wild. Once you experience the river firsthand you will understand why there is more than enough reason the Forest Service recommended the river to be designated as Wild and Scenic.

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Grand planes to become a river guide

My whitewater experience all began when I won a permit to raft down the Grand Canyon. A coveted opportunity recognized by boaters across the world fell into the lap of a largely, if not wholly inexperienced ‘boater’. I use parentheses here to emphasize how much I had to learn before truly calling myself a whitewater boater, let alone feel prepared enough for the challenges I found within the Grand Canyon.

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