Nooksack River Rafting- Glacier to Maple Falls, Class III—IV
- 9 miles - 5 hours overall, June?, July & August
Nooksack River rafting trips journey down this spectacular glacier fed river dropping from the slopes of Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker. The narrow steep gorge in the upper third of the Nooksack River whitewater rafting trip contrasts sharply with the casual reaches of the remaining five miles of the River. This river trip offers Excitement and fun for the whole family with two departures daily, 9am and 1pm meet times, during June - August. Nooksack River rafting trips are okay for energetic beginners. The views of Mt. Baker and other peaks in the rugged area can be spectacular and we encourage other activities available such as hiking, photography and sight-seeing.
Where to Meet for the Nooksack River Rafting Trip
Take I-5 to Bellingham and take the Mount Baker HWY #542 heading east for 26 miles. After passing through the towns of Deming and Kendall and Milepost #25 go into Maple Falls, take a right into the open meadow between the Slide Mountain Inn restaurant and the Maple Fuels Gas, Grocery, Espresso, & Laundry. Drive approx. 100 feet and park in the parking area. Look for the River Riders guides, vehicles and signs. We will have your wetsuit/booties waiting for you from our “rolling rental shop” (no presizing needed!) so just show up with a swimsuit or T-shirt/running shorts (something that can get wet) under your street clothes and we will take care of you from there when you get signed in.
Lunch will be provided by the Slide Mountain Inn and the menus will vary. No alcohol is served. If you have special dietary needs just let us know and we'll be happy to try to accommodate you. The morning trip meets at 9am, goes rafting and finishes with the lunch afterwards - and for the 1pm trip come hungry at 1pm for lunch then rafting later in the heat of the day.
Take a look at the Nooksack Lodging page for a list of hotels nearby.