Winding Waters River Expeditions & Day Tours

Winding Waters River Expeditions & Day Tours

River Rafting & Tubing
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Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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All inclusive whitewater rafting adventures on the Snake River through Hells Canyon, the Salmon River in Idaho, and the Grande Ronde River in Oregon. Fun, family-friendly vacations. Additionally, Grande Ronde and Wallowa River fly fishing. Based out of beautiful Joseph, Oregon.
Joseph, Oregon

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2022

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Chris L
4 contributions
May 2022
This was our fourth trip with Paul and Penny and the crew at WWRE. Five days down Hells Canyon in mid-May was one of the most unique and incredible outdoor experiences of my life. It's not often people get to see the canyon filled with green hillsides, rushing side streams, abundant wildlife and wildflowers and snow way up on the rimrock.
There is a reason WWRE sells out of their seasonal trips so quickly. It starts with Paul and Penny being the type of owner/boss most of us wish we had the opportunity to work with just once in our careers. It trickles downstream to their Trip Leaders and support staff, all of whom love what they do, offer exceptional customer service and genuine love for the out of doors.
Written May 23, 2022
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Angela C
6 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
I never kayaked, though was a bit familiar with white water in the East. This trip is for those who love being outside, in water, and love being active, not necessarily experienced. Everyone in my group used the duckies, which are optional and so exhilarating. The guides are very experienced, knowledgeable about history of the area, and devoted to assuring a safe and fun experience. The food was FANTASTIC. They prepare/ cook on site which was incredible. There was steak salmon sushi, great salads, and dessert.
We saw eagles daily, some Big Horn sheep, and one river otter. Lots of birds and butterflies too. Penny and Paul are thoughtful and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Winding Waters.
Written August 24, 2022
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Teri J
Tualatin, OR1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Couples
The 3 night : 4 day raft trip on Hells Canyon was fabulous and we thoroughly enjoyed every moment considering this was our very first time. The guides and camp team were clearly passionate about theirsport, provided great history of the River, wildlife and homesteads we hiked to. Traversing the rapids was a breeze with our expert guides !

The catered 4 days was over the top with class A service, plenty of high quality,healthy food options ( breakfast,lunch and dinner), a highly engaged staff to meet everyone’s individual needs that went above and beyond!!! ( to include locating my bag at the boathouse and arranging through river connections to bring it to our camp — thank you !!! …..) I’ll keep a better eye on my better half next time 😎!

I can’t say enough about Winding Rivers Raft expeditions …. ⭐️ 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 they are the best outfitter!
Written August 16, 2021
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Anne T
7 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
I have floated with other river companies and Winding Waters surpasses any previous experience.
The guides are professionals, but fun! The food is excellent.
I encourage anyone traveling with Winding Waters to read blog posts on the website. You will pick up useful tips for packing and other protocol on the river.
All WWR staff, from booking to returning to the boathouse, were attentive to our comfort and safety.
Written June 15, 2021
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David K
1 contribution
Sep 2021
Snake River. September, 2021. Eight guys 70 years old or close thereto. High school friends coming together from five states covering both coasts. Experienced hikers, reasonably fit and ambitious, but not so much time on rivers. WINDING WATERS was a perfect match for us. Paul and Penny were accommodating about our schedule and overall very easy to do business with. Their “we can do that” attitude and friendly tone filtered across all the staff; from the first time we set foot in the boathouse we felt very welcome by everyone we encountered. I cannot say enough about the five women and men who staffed our trip. They were knowledgeable, capable, accommodating, and caring. Very quick to learn names, preferences, food allergies, and sensitive to wanted to engage in conversations (or not) about which topics. They also gave us a good orientation about how to be and how to paddle in the raft and what each day on the river would be like. The crew were very poised and comfortable, spending time with us at dinner and afterwards for stargazing, philosophizing, and much shared humor. We enjoyed them both in camp and on the river. The rafting and kayaking gear was all in top shape and right-sized, and the camping gear – cots, pads, bags, tents - was both comfortable and very well maintained. And the food you see on the website was very much how we ate (or should I say “dined”); quantity and quality were well above and beyond what you would expect, need, or prepare for yourself! The worst thing I can say is that one dessert was not to my liking; but my brother was very quick to take it off my hands. The pace of the trip – time on the water broken up by hikes and lunch – worked very well for us. If I didn’t have to work, I’d go back tomorrow!
Written September 24, 2021
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Kat Down South
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Our Winding Waters trip down the Salmon river was unbelievable. We slept under the stars every night and had amazing meals every day. The staff was very professional yet social with the guests and went out of their way to make us comfortable on every stop. The only things I would recommend would be bring multiple hats, a larger sized carabiner and extra chapstick! We look forward to our next trip!
Written July 22, 2021
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AshleyETackett
2 contributions
Aug 2020
I just returned from my 5 days floating through Hells Canyon & I cannot recommend it more highly. This was my first rafting trip, and I am now convinced that I want to make room for this magical experience every year. Along the way, our group saw bear, big horn sheep, Native American pictographs and historic homesteads. I kayaked through my first whitewater & loved learning how to read a river and gain confidence on the water. The guides were all wonderful, talented & generous with their services. Their intimate knowledge of Hells Canyon and their many shared stories were highlights of my trip. And then there was the food; delicious and plentiful and a huge variety. Our group had people ranging from 8 years to 72 years. It truly is a wonderful way to share time with friends and family. Thanks for creating such an incredible experience, Winding Waters!
Written August 28, 2020
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Stacy G
1 contribution
Aug 2022
I was nervous about a five day raft trip through Hells Canyon, having never done anything like that before. My concerns were unnecessary, it turns out. Paul and Penny at WWRE run an extremely professional and organized outfi, wiht an emphasis on safety. The preparation before was excellent, from emails to packing lists. From the amazing, lovingly prepared meals to the personable and skilled guides, this trip was a 10+! I would do it again and I would recommend WWRE to others.
Written August 19, 2022
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Chris L
4 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Well I knew it! All it took was another trip with Paul and the crew at Winding Waters to help push my wife over the edge. She got home after a 3 day trip down the Grande Ronde and told her bosses she will be retiring at the end of the year! A full 18 months ahead of schedule.

So thank you Paul, Leah, Becca and the rest of the crew for making her realize she wants to spend her days on River Time instead of Corporate Time

Can’t wait for another trip with WWRE

Chris, Laurie and Anna
Written June 8, 2021
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Sheena G
4 contributions
Jul 2020
This was truly the trip of a lifetime. Everything was perfect. We had the best crew and we had so much fun. The food was excellent. Even with all the rectrictions and necessary changes due to COVID-19, they still made it the best trip I have ever been on! I would absolutely float down a river with them again! If you have the chance to take a trip with them, please do it! You will not regret it!
Written September 29, 2020
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