Washington State River Rafting

 

From scenic wine tasting float tours to the most extreme and technical whitewater our beautiful state has to offer, Triad River Tours will be guiding you along the way to ensure that you are prepared and equipped with the proper gear and knowledge to have a successful trip. All trip procedures are exacted and practiced endlessly by our guides. All of our equipment is tested and conditioned to be ready for anything, even on our most basic scenic trips. We spare no effort nor expense to ensure that our guests have a great time on our river tours and do so safely. While rafting we know that no good time can be had if worry consumes us, that's why we take great care in preparing our trips long before you arrive, including educational videos and preparatory information that all guests receive prior to their trip. Our rafts are top of the line and our guides are the very best in the industry, with a minimum of 5 years of experience each. Come visit Triad River Tours and experience the simplicity of mother nature and the beautiful rivers of the Northwest. If you live near Seattle or Bellingham, are visiting friends and family, or if are our guest from elsewhere in Washington, please take the time to enjoy the beautiful river escapes that surround us here in the northwest. Please join Triad River Tours on your next whitewater rafting or scenic rafting adventure. 

Triad River Tours offers scenic river tours and whitewater rafting trips in Western Washington with permission from the United States Forest Service, the National Park Service, and all state, federal, and local authorities. All required permits are available to any of our guests at any time. Trusting the safety of yourself, friends, and family is at the very heart of what we believe in. We at Triad River Tours take our responsibility to the public very seriously. It is our pleasure and privilege to guide you here on these magnificent rivers.

Our Sauk River Whitewater rafting trips are an hour and a half drive from downtown Seattle or Bellingham. Our Skagit River Rafting trips are approximately 2 hours from downtown Seattle and just over an hour from Bellingham. Join Triad River Tours for your next escape into the mountains if you live near Seattle or Bellingham; we're practically neighbors!


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Proud recipient of the commanders certificate of appreciation from Lewis-McChord Joint Base (2013).

Proud recipient of the commanders certificate of appreciation from Lewis-McChord Joint Base (2013).

Working in partnership and in accordance with the National Park Service on the Upper Skagit River.

Working in partnership and in accordance with the National Park Service on the Upper Skagit River.

Proud member of the American Outdoors Association of America. Ensuring safe and enjoyable outdoor adventures for everyone. 

Proud member of the American Outdoors Association of America. Ensuring safe and enjoyable outdoor adventures for everyone. 


Eagle Watching Trip Video

Whitewater Rafting Safety Video

Triad River Tours is excellent! I’ve been rafting in multiple countries and this outfitter by far has the most competent guides. They provide a very thorough and informative safety talk. They are able to find the balance between being informative while also making rafting accessible to the beginner.
— Alyssa K.

Experienced Professional River Rafting Guides

Triad River Tours was born from backcountry expedition rafting experience by it's owner, Luke Baugh, who has been rafting since 1994, and guiding professionally now for 15 years. After working for several outfitters all across the country, Luke settled in as a lead guide on Hells Canyon and the Main Salmon Rivers in Idaho. Working as a multi-day expedition leader for trips far away from any help, road, or communication, Luke developed a keen awareness to the importance and necessity for refined and researched safety protocols, as well as a strong ethical foundation as a provider of outdoor opportunities in whitewater rafting to the public. 

The whitewater rafting industry remains a paradoxical one, which conjures up thoughts from carnival rides to some of the most advanced and planned expeditions in the world. Triad River Tours operates as a whitewater outfitter under safety protocols that are beyond industry standards. Triad's philosophy on safety is unwaveringly dedicated to preparation, knowledge, customer awareness, and top of the line equipment that is unweathered. If you are running class 3 whitewater or even class 5 whitewater, we always take your safety as our first priority. 

Sauk River Trip Leader going over an extensive safety orientation prior to departure on a class 3 whitewater river. 

Sauk River Trip Leader going over an extensive safety orientation prior to departure on a class 3 whitewater river. 

Before you book your next whitewater rafting trip or scenic float trip, consider the pure necessity that your trip be run by an experienced and professional river rafting outfitter that takes your safety into consideration before anything else; that is uncompromisingly the stand at Triad. Safety on whitewater rivers can often become a bit of lip service, or posturing for the sake of marketing. For us, it's a part of our conscientious participation in an industry which serves the public through enhancing human life while at the mercy of mother nature. Whitewater river rafting is dangerous, and it's best left to the most competent, experienced, and professional career guides to do the job. We believe that if we make these commitments to mastering our craft and studying and knowing our rivers completely, that our customers will come to recognize a great inherent value in running with professionals with a strong ethical stand in these regards, and will choose to support us in our endeavor to keep the public safe while lessening environmental impact on our Cascade rivers. Please contact Triad with any questions about a potential trip, and we can lead you through the process. We are dedicated to safe and fun river experiences, with top quality equipment and highly trained professional guides. Each time you go on a river tour with Triad, we guarantee you will be given an opportunity to renew your relationship with nature in an environment held to the highest safety standards, with guides who know the river, and cutting edge equipment that is built specifically for the task. 

Top Quality State of the Art Equipment

When Safety is your top priority, you cannot skimp on good gear. In Western Washington reaction time and effectiveness in emergency situations is crucial, and at these times you cannot take the time to consider the possibility of equipment failure; that is why Triad River Tours meticulously tests and selects specific equipment that is perfectly suited for the task at hand. Each Whitewater Rafting trip is led by a trip leader with advanced medical training. Each raft is inspected and is free from any damage that could hinder its performance. Every raft is equipped with first aid, rescue throw bags, and all the appropriate and required equipment, and then some. We spare no expense in selecting the right tool for the job. To date, we have practiced and ran drills with over a dozen raft designs as well as considered multiple approaches to running safety on the river. With a properly executed protocol as well as hiring and training only those who are passionate about the safety of our guests, we have put together a way of running trips that is second to none when it comes to safety. We look forward to impressing you with our attention to detail, and meticulous selection of only the finest equipment in order to keep you and your family safe on the river. For more specific details on the equipment we use on the river, please visit our page dedicated to the subject by clicking here. 

The Key to Safe River Rafting: Preparation

Triad River Tours is a great choice for river rafting trips for you, your family, and your loved ones because we take your safety and security as our first priority in everything we do. You will notice that our equipment is top notch, not overly used, worn, or faded, and you will notice we have some of the most professional, highest quality river guides in the industry, many of whom are capable of running single or multi-day expedition trips. What you may not see at first glance is the preparation that goes into your trip before you even get there. 

Often times, even in the dead of winter, Triad River Tours sends guides, scouts, and safety kayakers into the river systems to ensure that routes are clear, many months ahead of running the river with guests. Trip leaders coordinate with local EMS, Fire Department, and Sheriffs, as well as the United States Forest Service, The National Parks Service, and non profit organizations dedicated to river safety such as American Whitewater and the American Outdoors Association. We work hand in hand with other outfitters, whenever possible, to coordinate training and safety runs on rivers at all times of the year, so that by the time we are running the river in season we know exactly what to expect. Preparation is key to safe river running, and knowledge of the river system and its behavior, as well as an understanding of your mechanisms and systems, equipment, and personnel, are critical when making assessment of the safety of the river, and making good decisions. 

You will notice that even though we run the river constantly, we do not crowd our website with an extensive array of rivers. Rest assured we have scouted and are able to run almost any river in Washington. We have scouted the Tumwater Canyon of the Wenatchee, the Skykomish, the Horseshoe Bend section of the Nooksack, as well as the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula and the tremendous class 4-5 Cascade River. We have done them all as a way of familiarizing ourselves with every aspect and condition in Washington that we could potentially face, but when it comes to putting our guests on the river we focus on the trips that we know and operate the best. We then simplify those trips to their core constituents and work to perfect our systems on those rivers, keeping a focus on key variables that can impact the safety and enjoyment of that particular trip. We are exceptionally proud of the time we spend on the river preparing to take you with us. We invite you to always ask questions about the way in which we run these rivers, as it is a tremendous point of pride for us, and something that very much sets us apart from our competition.