Washington Whitewater Rafting
Green River

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Less than an hour from Seattle, the Green River Gorge is one of the most beautiful river canyons in Washington. Moss, ferns, and other flora cling to the canyon walls in "hanging gardens" threaded with tiny waterfalls, creating rainforest-like scenery. The canyon is filled with boulders making this a technically challenging, class 3 to 4 river. Although most rapids and drops followed by a brief calm pool, the rapids are quick in succession, making this trip not only beautiful but heart-pumping as well.

Photo courtesy Blue Sky Outfitters

The Green River Gorge is usually rafted in March and April, when spring rains cause stronger releases from the dam. Dam releases are unpredictable, though, making timing trips at good water levels difficult.

Many trips begin in Kanasket-Palmer State Park. Rafters soon find themselves surrounded by the tall canyon walls of the Green River Gorge. Ledge Drop 1 and Ledge Drop 2 supply challenges early on. More class 4 rapids like Pipeline, Mercury, and The Nozzle keep rafters on their toes. After navigating Paradise Ledge, take a moment to soak in the scenery and then whitewater continues. Once through the canyon, the lower section allows some time to relax with some easy class 2 and 3 rapids as rafters float into Flaming Geyser State Park. The park provides restrooms, changing rooms, picnic areas, and plenty of green grass for playing.

*The river description above courtesy of Blue Sky Outfitters.

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