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Methow River Rafting

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The Methow Valley, with its open Ponderosa forests, basalt cliffs, and hot, sunny weather puts you in a land where you can almost taste the heritage of the "Old West." And, the Methow River runs right through it. Alpine Adventures offers whitewater rafting adventures or scenic family floats on different sections of this popular river located near the towns of Winthrop, Twisp, Carlton, Methow, and Pateros, WA.

    Map of the Methow River

Whitewater Rafting Trips

Methow Whitewater

• Season: May - July
• Ages: 8+ depending on water level
• Meeting location: Pateros junction of HWY 153 and 97
• Meeting times: Sat & Sun 10am
• Class/Difficulty: Class III-IV / Beginner - Intermediate
• Duration/Length: 4 hours / 14 miles
• Gear provided? Yes
• Meal provided? Optional

Join us on the Methow River which is well known for its consistent rapids and waves. "Hurricane Rapids," "Cinder Block Drop," and the notorious "Black Canyon" seem a distant memory by the time you reach "Another Roadside Attraction." The whitewater ends very near the mighty Columbia River, stretching 20 miles from where the rafting trip begins. It's only about half an hour from the resort towns of Chelan and Winthrop, WA. For meeting location information for Methow whitewater rafting trips, see the Information & Maps page. See the Methow River rafting rates, then make your reservation today!

Watch our video below to get an idea of what it's like to go whitewater rafting on the Methow River!

Scenic Family Floats

Methow Scenic Float

• Season: June - July
• Ages: All ages
• Meeting location: McFarland Creek
• Meeting times: Call for availability
• Class/Difficulty: Class I / Beginner
• Duration/Length: 3 hours / 12 miles
• Gear provided? Yes
• Meal provided? Optional

The Methow Valley offers some of the most unique and beautiful scenery in the North Cascades, beginning in an Alpine Forest and ending in desert surroundings. Throughout the rafting tour it is not unusual to see eagles, deer, Blue Heron, beaver, and many other wildlife species. Our scenic float meets in the Methow Valley town of Carlton, WA. After a short shuttle ride we begin our leisurely float down through the fields and orchards of the valley. Listen to the intriguing "Wild West" history and stories that your raft guide tells of the area. Swimming and fishing are hard to resist in this impressive landscape. Click here for Methow River Scenic Family Float rafting rates, or Make your reservation today!

Preferred accommodations for rafting on the Methow River

Twisp River Suites

855-784-8328 | 140 West Twisp Ave., Twisp, WA |

Twisp River Suites


In the heart of Twisp behind Twisp River Pub, a stroll away from live entertainment, quaint shops, and terrific restaurants. Relax and enjoy our location on the Twisp River. Lose yourself on your private deck overlooking the river, or under a cuddly blanket in front of the fireplace. Indulge in the comfort of our dreamy memory-foam mattresses and deep soaker bathtubs. We offer fully equipped kitchens and insuite washer/dryers. Stay connected (if you must) with free wireless internet and satellite flatscreen Direct television. So relaxing, you'll be planning your return trip even before you leave!

Other accommodations for rafting on the Methow River

Hotels / Motels

Lake Chelan Area Winthrop Area
Caravel Resort Motel 800-963-8723 Sun Mountain Lodge 800-572-0493
Westview Resort Motel 800-468-2781 Wolf Ridge Resort 800-237-2388
Lk. Pateros Motor Inn 800-444-1985 Mazama Country Inn 800-843-7951
  The Winthrop Inn 800-444-1972

Camping / Campgrounds




Time to River

Alta Lake State Park



5 min.

Lightning Pine Resort



15 min.

Methow River KOA



45 min.

Daroga State Park



40 min.

For more campground information, contact the following Ranger Offices

Twisp Ranger District 509-997-2131


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Washington State Rivers Map

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