The last time we had a water year like this was in 1998. This year’s State average for precipitation on April 1 was 165%! That is 65% more than what we normally see. This is good news on many fronts which include our need for drinking water, irrigation, power generation, and …whitewater rafting!
What this means is that the season, rather than starting in mid-May and waning by mid-July, is just beginning and, because mountain ranges throughout the West are so laden with dense snow packs, rivers will provide rollicking thrills for kayakers and rafters through August and even well into September in some places.
Among the top prospects on the list of "Best Rivers For White Water Rafting " around US are :
the Arkansas River in Colorado, Idaho's Salmon and Payette Rivers, the American and Kern Rivers in California, Oregon's Rogue River and last but certainly not least, the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
But you don't have to travel around US in search of whitewater adventures, as our own the Wenatchee River has the largest volume of raftable white water in Washington State.
Last week a had a great time rafting down the Wenatchee River with my friends from Rivers Inc. With temperatures in high 70's , about 14800 cfs ( big waves ! ), and lot's of sunshine, the trip was epic !
If you haven’t tried rafting before, there should be really good water levels throughout the summer given all the extra snowpack. Besides, if you've been following my blog, you know that Leavenworth ( Wenatchee Valley ) is the best getaway place in our state with limitless opportunities for outdoor adventures.
Paragliding in Leavenworth ? Would love to try that !