Frequently Asked Questions
I don't have any experience white water rafting, do you have a trip suitable for me?
Because we provide all the necessary equipment and instructions along with experienced guides, no previous rafting experience is required for the White Salmon and Klickitat river trips. In fact, first time rafters make the whitewater rafting trip a great success because they are a little nervous so they pay extra close attention to our instruction.. so the trips go smooth and easy. We have the privilege of guiding 1000s of first time rafters each year. However, If you have any special needs or concerns please let us know when you make a reservation.
Do you have any Dinner / Stay overnight package deals to go with our whitewater rafing?
I have some children that want to go rafting, what age should they be?
It is difficult to set a specific age because it really depends on the ability and personality of your children. The whitewater can be loud and intense in sections, which could scare a child and make the experience unpleasant for everyone. There is a slight chance of a "swim" in the river, which requires mental decisions that a very young child may not be capable of. Children age 7 and above seem to do the best. The ultimate decision on the appropriateness for a child to raft must be made by the parent. Any child under the age of 18 must be accompanied with a parent or guardian on the raft trip. No one under the age of 18 is allowed on the Extreme and Beyond Adventures. Do not hesitiate to give us a call and chat about your kids whitewater rafting.
I noticed some other commercial outfitters list their whitewater rafting trips as 3 or 4 hours in length. You list your trip as a little over 2 hours. Do other commercial outfitters run a different part of the river?
Actually, all the commercial outfitters on the White Salmon River run essentially the same portion of the river which is BZ corner to Northwestern lake. Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys, INC. is the only commercial outfitter on the White Salmon that has a conditional use permit for a private launch location. All others use a public launch location. Both our site and the public launch are located at BZ corner so there is virtually no difference in the length of the float trip. The length of time we state represents the actual on the river time to float the distance. The time it takes can vary slightly based on river levels. Other outfitters may count setup and "pull over" time to inflate the stated trip time beyond the normal amount.
If someone in my group has their own boat, can they launch it and float with us?
Many times we have kayakers who want their friends to experience whitewater rafting in our rafts while they paddle along side of our rafts. Please let us know ahead of time if this is going to happen.
I have someone in my group that does not want to paddle, is this OK?
We do have seating positions on the raft where paddling is not necessary. This is sometimes a good spot for young children that want to concentrate on holding on. However, we encourage people to paddle because it adds to your overall enjoyment and aids the guide in properly controlling the raft.
Will there be others joining us in our raft?
If you have less than six people in your party we will merge you with another party. If you would like private rafts or raft, just let us know so we can give you an exclusive ride.
Why does your web site say that it is a 2 hour trip when your competitors say it is 4 hours. Do you raft a shorter section?
It is very important to us that we state the "on river rafting time" not the time it takes to change clothes and such and thus deceiving you with the trip length perception (very common in our industry). Yes, we will take 3.5 to 4 hours out of your day, but that is the total time from arrival to exit.
I see some river companies offer an "upstream" launch above the standard run. Do you launch upstream?
There are two companies that launch upstream a maximum of 1.2 miles (according to my GPS) and they take out almost three miles prior to our take out, skipping one of the best rapids of the river. The upstream launch includes a 30 minute portage that requires a 1/4 mile hike through unimproved trails and a small cliff.
Whitewater Rafting Fun Fact #5
What's in a name? Have you noticed that the Zoller's whitewater rafting guides share very few last names? Zoller, Zoller, Zoller, Box, Box, Box, (one Zoller that became a Box), Cole, Cole, Cole, Cole, Curry, Curry. We often get asked "what does it take to become a whitewater rafting guide for Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys?" It would seem that it is best if you are born into it. The Zoller family of whitewater guides includes ten 2nd or 3rd generation whitewater guides whose father, mother or both guided whitewater rafts for Zoller's in the past or in the present.