Southeastern Washington can heat up quite a bit in the summer, and taking advantage of one of many waters is a welcome way to beat the heat. There are plenty of opportunities to raft, kayak, and paddleboard in the area.
From thrilling rapids to flat, calm water, outdoor enthusiasts can tailor their adventure based on skill and comfort level. There are a number of outfitters in the area that have both the equipment and expertise to navigate more remote areas, and conditions vary based on time of year and snow pack to name a few.
Getting out on the water is truly a three season affair (and some would argue four). Don’t let the summer’s dry, hot reputation fool you; the Walla Walla valley is appropriately named that for a reason.
Likely the best place to experience a river trip is based out of Minam, Oregon. Guided rafting trips on the Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers are a fun way to gather the family.
Of course, kayaking is also a great option for those rivers. If you are local, Whitman College offers open kayak nights that are instructor led sessions in the Harvey Pool on campus, also open to the public.
With a large concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers in northeastern Oregon, finding ways to cool off in the summer heat is a breeze.
Another fun way to experience water in the Blues is by paddleboard. I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than paddling the Palouse River while gazing up at the unique, desert landscape.
Several access points to the Snake River reveal stunning vistas from a perspective not attainable from the shore.
There are a handful of other campgrounds throughout the mountains and valley that have access to water. Take Jubilee Lake for example—close to town, nice trail around the lake, ample camping spots, and plenty of lake to share with the fishermen.
Packing a cell phone on any water adventure isn’t wise, so enjoy a few hours away unplugged. Just make sure to visit our website when the WiFi works again.