SCENIC FLOAT & WINE TASTING
Wine Tasting "Nerd Chart"
This is a great trip for anyone, and you don't have to be a wine drinker (bring your wonderful kids!). If you are a wine drinker, please enjoy a glass of locally crafted wine at Eagle Haven Winery. They are good friends of ours and fellow residents of the river corridor. At Eagle Haven you will enjoy a complimentary wine tasting (on us) and from there you can either purchase a bottle of wine to bring with you to the river, or you can simply come up to enjoy an amazing scenic river tour experience.
All of our scenic river rafting trips meet at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, located in Rockport, WA. The park is fairly easy to find as it is directly beneath and beside the bridge that goes over the Skagit on highway 530 (there is only one such bridge). The park itself was named after a well respected Skagit County Commissioner who was a known lover of the river corridor and its amazing fishing. A great deal of the recreation in the area can be attributed to this one person.
SUMMARY OF TRIP
Cost of trip: $85 (Why does the trip cost this amount?)
Length of trip: 8.9 miles
Runnable River Level: All levels
River Gauge used: USGS Skagit River at Nehalem (click here to be directed to hydrograph).
Trip meets at: Howard Miller Steelhead Park main picnic area, 52804 Rockport Park Rd, Rockport, WA 98283 (click here)
Type of Rafts used: Self Bailing Whitewater Rafts 13' to 15' in length
Maximum number of guests per trip: 28
Minimum number of guests per trip: 8
Maximum number of guests per raft: 8
Minimum age: 5 (all minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian, and all minors must be announced at time of booking).
Minimum weight: 50lbs. (anyone under 90lbs. requires a specific life jacket so all people under 90lbs. must be announced at the time of booking or at least 3 days prior to trip departure).
Safety Protocol: Non-whitewater section. Swiftwater rescue kits, medical trauma kits, emergency communication device.
Paddles/helmets required: no/no
Wetsuits required: no
Type of Life Jacket required: Type 3 or 5 (guests can bring their own PFD's)
Liability Waiver Required: yes (online here)
Typical time on river: 2-2.5 hours
Typical time for the complete trip: 3-4 hours (depends on river flow and rescue situations)
River Classification: Class 1-2 (please click here to be directed to the American Whitewater page for this section)
Food/beverage served: no
Special Note: Washington State does not have a government operated guides and outfitters licensing board. Whitewater Classification is subjective and often times misleading. If you do not fully understand the classification for yourself, it is best not left up to chance. What is often referred to as "Class 5" whitewater is considered class 3 or 4 by other, often more experienced boaters who have a larger and more apt perspective on the matter. For a closer study of river difficulty and risk, please visit our safety informative page, and read this article (click here for article).
Below is an interactive Google Map for our middle Skagit River Trips (we call this section SK-3 as it is our third section of river from the bottom of the commercially navigable part of the Skagit)
Scenic Trip Preparation Video