Bringing You Closer to Nature Closer to Home
Triad River Tours offers meticulously orchestrated minimalist style guided whitewater river rafting trips on the Sauk, Skagit, Nooksack, Skykomish, Wenatchee and Green River systems. Introductory level whitewater runs are available on the Upper Skagit River while calm scenic wine tasting and eagle viewing river rafting tours are available on the middle section of the Skagit River. Our river rafting trips feature the finest whitewater rafting and river rescue equipment, a well paid and experienced professional guide staff, meticulously planned safety protocols, and a ceaseless commitment to your safety and quality of experience while with us.
From mild to wild, 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, from our Maravia Williwaw 1.5s which we utilize in higher water, to the variety of precision rafts specifically built for the river you are running. Our staff is experienced on multitudes of rivers 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.
While some of our rafting trips are definitely thrilling and push the limits of what our guests are capable of, our company isn't here to scare you, we are here to provide you with an experience that will last a lifetime. We want you to have a platform by which you can experience the beauty, the majesty, and the sheer awe that whitewater and scenic sections of river here in the Northwest can offer you.
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!
Start your trip the right way by selecting a company with a reputation and history for safety on whitewater rivers. Triad River Tours is led by some of the most experienced river runners in the industry, and we still dedicate hundreds of man hours every year to the refinement and innovation of our safety protocols, routes, and river sections. Triad River Tours utilizes the finest in rafting equipment and has worked with several manufacturers in the industry to produce rafting designs which push the limits of performance on the river. With an outfitter dedicated to moving the entire industry forward into a future of fun and safe rafting, you can be assured that your next river adventure will be with professionals, and you can drive home peacefully after a wonderful day on the river with us.
Triad River Tours believes strongly that great river trips start with three things: 1. Highly trained career professional river guides with ample experience on a multitude of rivers. 2. The very best whitewater rafting equipment that is not only state of the art but is specifically selected, tested, and even designed for the exact trip that we are running. 3. Preparation; for our guests and for our guides, so that any potential rescue situation is dealt with smoothly and effectively. We operate our trips well above the industry standards for safety and preparations. Our equipment is the best that money can buy, and our guides are some of the best around. Triad River Tours believes that knowledge is power, and so we always encourage our guests to stay as informed as possible in regards to the dangers of their trip, and take pride in our efforts to educate our guests before and during our trips.
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 meet us at the river.
Often times, be it in the middle of winter or the peak of whitewater rafting season, 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. We consider it a part of our responsibility to the public and the river rafting and kayaking communities to conduct research and insight into the behavior and conditions of the rivers which we commercially guide trips. Our trip leaders coordinate with local EMS, Fire Departments, Sheriffs, Forest Service Rangers, National Parks Service Rangers, 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. If our research reveals hidden dangers or changes in the structure or condition of river sections, we make adjustments, adapt itineraries to alternate routes (which also have been planned long in advance), and contact local authorities and other boaters to warn them of the dangers. When you are whitewater rafting or kayaking for pleasure we want to make sure you do not have to worry about unforeseen dangers on the river.
We take our responsibilities to you very seriously, and we work hard kayaking and rafting every moment possible before you start planning your trip to ensure safe passage. 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. The more information we have at hand helps us make good decisions, and it gives us a tremendous amount of leverage when trying to plan a safe and effective strategy for the rivers we raft. Whitewater rafting is a challenge, and invariably we strive to embrace that challenge and invite our guests to experience the natural joy of being both in control and being carried on the currents of our Washington rivers. Our professional guides are constantly preparing, scouting, and training to make sure you have a trip that exceeds your expectations.
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 ran, scouted, video recorded, researched, and comprehensively prepared for all of our commercial runs to a point far beyond what is required of us, and are able to run almost any river in Washington. We have ran the Tumwater Canyon of the Wenatchee, the Green, the Skykomish, the Horseshoe Bend section of the Nooksack, as well as the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula and the tremendous class 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.
Triad River Tours was born from backcountry expedition rafting experience by its owner, Luke Baugh, who has been rafting since 1994, and started professionally guiding multi-day river rafting tours in 2000. After working for several river rafting outfitters all across the country, Luke settled in as a lead guide on Hells Canyon and the Main Salmon Rivers in Idaho for a company called Idaho Afloat, while also being a licensed guide on the infamous Lochsa River, as well as the New and Gauley Rivers of West Virginia. Luke also spent offseason time guiding fly-fishing trips from a driftboat as well as being an annual attendee of many of the larger outdoor adventure expos in the country. Working as a multi-day expedition leader for trips far away from any help, road, or communication, Luke developed awareness of the importance and necessity for refined and researched safety protocols, preventative rescue and whitewater safety precaution, as well as a strong ethical foundation as a provider of outdoor opportunities in whitewater rafting to the public. Triad River Tours applies modern swiftwater rescue techniques which are applied to specific situations for peak effectiveness. Larger rivers rely on different techniques, equipment, and perhaps even personnel. Guides with expertise on technical rivers and are best suited to guide the Sauk River in lower water. It is our ethical stance, which will not change, that top quality guides make or break a rafting trip, thus, we spend a great deal of time researching, interviewing, and recruiting the highest quality industry professionals, and once we have them we try our best to take good care of them and ensure that their efforts are properly compensated for.
The whitewater rafting industry is very diverse and some people do not take it seriously. Unfortunately an excessively casual approach to the dangers of river rafting can yield terrible results. It is vital, therefore, that we maintain the integrity of the industry by mandating that our outfitters operate to the highest safety and preparatory standards. This starts with customers asking questions and ensuring that they are putting their lives into the hands of professionals.
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.
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 North 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.