Water Sports

Ready for the wettest, wildest ride of your life? Or how about a leisurely cruise checking out the wildlife down the river? You can do both, and more, on the many rivers in the area. There are professional rafting companies who lead floats of all levels as well as provide all the necessary equipment. You can usually get a CD of the pictures of your trip as well. This is a great way to spend an afternoon with your family and friends!

Whitewater Rafting

Thrill seekers often find their way to the Wenatchee River, Washington’s biggest Class III whitewater run. Even more challenging is the Chelan River Gorge. Adrenaline-pumping rapids interspersed with lazy drifting along serene stretches of river make for memorable, invigorating trips. The rafting season typically runs from late March to early August. For more information on whitewater rafting  visit:

Boating on the Columbia River is always a great way to cool off on a hot sunny day. No matter if it’s a classic Chris Craft or a born-to run Bayliner the water is the place to be. Fishing, jet skiing or water skiing are all high on the list of fabulous outdoor adventures.

Convenient in-town boat launches are located throughout the area including those listed below – click to see map and details

The bottom of Orondo Street in Riverfront Park
Confluence State Park: A Discovery Pass is required to access the park
Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park

Boat Rentals:

Columbia River Boat Rental  or 509.264.5673

Riverside Recreation -Jetski & Boat rentals or 509.670-6457



Paddling on the Columbia River can range from calm protected water in the estuary at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers to the moving water of the Columbia River. Depending on the season and weather you might see deer, eagles, herons, osprey and salmon while paddling.

Note: there is some current from both the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers as well as the potential for swiftly rising water levels from water being discharged upriver at Rocky Reach Dam that could be potentially hazardous to novice paddlers.


Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club 

iLa Yoga offers guided estuary PaddleBoarding and Yoga SUP (in season)

Arlberg Sports – Stand Up PaddleBoard Rental  (easier to call 509.663.7401 for info)