Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking

Rafting and kayaking have been the foundation of Youth Dynamics’ Adventures since our founding. The river provides a dynamic and beautiful environment for incredible conversations with students of all ages! Whatever river experience you choose you will receive a professional, fun, and meaningful experience for your group!

Salmon River: Raft and Kayak

Spend 6½ days in the Basalt Canyonlands of the Salmon River, famous for being the “longest free-flowing river system in the lower 48″. Your group will experience the freedom and fun of beautiful white sand beaches and roller coaster rapids. Great meals and evening discussions help to tie together the memories that will last a lifetime! We are fortunate to offer such a rich and full experience to those who chose this adventure.

When thinking of this trip, imagine car camping, but instead of a car, you have a boat to haul all of your gear. This is a trip to take your comfy pillow, a wide-brimmed hat, and a big camp chair. We typically run the Salmon River 2-5 times a year from mid-July to mid-August. You can expect to eat fresh food and Dutch oven desserts on large white-sand beaches. On the river, you will have the option to ride in a raft, inflatable kayak, or in the gear boat.

Surrounded by nothing but canyon walls and the river your group will experience an adventure that will provide space for fantastic conversations and spiritual growth.

This trip is offered by both Washington and Idaho Adventures and on the same section of the river.

  • Age: 14+
  • Season: July – August
  • Length: 6 ½ days on the water
  • Group Size: 12-23 people
  • Cost: $650

Wenatchee River: Raft

The Wenatchee River is one of the most popular “class III” rivers in Washington State and has been ranked in the “top 10 of the U.S.” Join us as we wind our way through the mountain and desert landscape. It is the perfect level of challenge for nearly every paddler. We offer single-day trips from May through mid-July.

  • Age: 11+
  • Season: May – July
  • Length: ½ day or full day (lunch is provided on a full-day trip)
  • Group Size: 10 – 80 people
  • Cost: $70 – $85 per person

Wenatchee River: Kayak

Enjoy the fantastic Wenatchee River after it gets too low for rafting by taking your own kayak down the rapids. The waves may feel small in a raft but their size triples when you are sitting low in an inflatable kayak. Our professionally trained guides will give you the skills you need to weave your way through the rapids, avoiding the rocks and getting splashed.

  • Age: 11+
  • Season: July – September
  • Length: ½ day or full day (full-day includes lunch)
  • Group Size: 6 – 18 people
  • Cost: $70 – $85 per person

Methow River: Kayak

Pack all your gear in one of our dry bags and join us for a one or two-night trip down the beautiful Methow River. The Methow offers crystal clear water, cliff jumping, fun rapids, and hot sunny days. Everyone in the group is responsible for their own kayak and gear and is taught how to paddle down the class II and III rapids that await them downstream. Each night we will pull out onto an island and camp in the middle of the river.

  • Age: 14+
  • Season: July – August
  • Length: 2 – 3 days (options for longer trips are available)
  • Group Size: 6 – 15 people
  • Cost: $270 per person

Guest Paddler

Each year, Youth Dynamics Adventures trains new raft guides for the season. To assist these new trainees, we need people to come and help out as they learn under the supervision of an experienced raft guide how to navigate the rapids, refine their instruction during critical points, and how to reposition people on the boat depending on strength. This critical training period is a must before they are certified to take students down the river.

Come and join us for a half-day of rafting on the Wenatchee River.  Please be flexible with your time and thank you for being willing to help us train our guides!

  • Age: 11+
  • Season: May – June
  • Length: 1/2 day
  • Group Size: 10 – 25 people
  • Cost: $35 per person




What if someone in the group does not swim?

Every participant is issued a Type III or V Coast Guard-approved Personal Flotation Device.  These are designed to float a swimmer face up in the water.   Our guides are trained to maintain spacing to assist any swimmers we may have.

What am I responsible to bring?

It is recommended that paddlers bring appropriate swimwear, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and sandals or river shoes that will not fall off. Depending on the season you may also want to bring a thin insulation layer for while on the water, and dry clothes to put on once you are off the river.

Youth Dynamics will provide capable and experienced guides familiar with the sections of the rivers. We will provide equipment that is well maintained and necessary for navigating whitewater. Youth Dynamics provides Personal Floatation Devices, wetsuits, booties, and splash jackets needed to deal with the climate and water temperatures. A full packing list for each experience will be made available during the booking process. 

What is the best option for middle schoolers?

We recommend a raft or kayak trip on the Wenatchee River, however, depending on the group dynamics, we might recommend a Salmon River trip. Contact us today!

What are the biggest differences between rafting and kayaking?

While rafting, a professionally trained guide is controlling the boat, navigating and facilitating involvement with a team of paddlers as it goes down the river. Whereas when kayaking, each participant is in their individual boat and is responsible for learning some basics of river reading and boat handling. Whether it’s a raft or kayak, the guides spend ample time teaching the necessary skills and techniques to navigate the stretch of river that will be traveled.  

How much of our time is actually spent on the river?

The time spent on the river really depends on the length of the trip that is booked.

  • For a one-day outing, around 1 to 1.5 hours will be spent issuing gear, giving paddling and safety instruction, and de-issuing gear at the end. Half-day trips usually have 2 hours on the water and full-day trips are around 4 hours.
  • For a multi-day expedition, between 2-6 hours will be spent on the water each day.

The actual time is impacted by water levels, beach selection, and program goals.

Our staff will equip and provide the essentials for your experience (e.g. gear, food, equipment, training, insurance) and will work with your group leader for programming and other logistical needs. In addition, our staff will provide the technical and professional skills needed to provide a safe and life-changing adventure.

Our goal is to assist you in providing a memorable experience for your group that has the opportunity to be life-transforming. Whether you are trying to create unity in your church youth group or build community in your school, group home, or youth-related organization—we are with you!

Let’s adventure together!

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