White Salmon Whitewater & Columbia Gorge Wine Tour from Portland

Full-Day Tour from Portland, Oregon:

Whitewater Rafting and Wine Tasting Tour

Experience the best two Northwestern states have to offer: tackle famous White Salmon River whitewater in Washington – then dry off & relax with amazing, hand-crafted Oregon wine!

You’ll head east from Portland and cross the border into Washington State to float down the exciting White Salmon River, one of our favorite sections to paddle in the entire Northwest, with professional river guides.

Get your workout in, then we’ll dry off, change clothes, enjoy lunch, and make our way to Hood River, OR. You’ll further your Northwestern experience by exploring the region’s fantastic wine culture at two beautiful boutique wineries. In an intimate setting, learn about local wine making, regional history, and the art of viticulture. Oregon’s booming wine industry and diverse AVAs are resulting in locally-crafted batches that are unique to the region – tasting is understanding.

After sufficiently experiencing Oregon wine – we’ll make our way back home (in time for dinner) via the awe-inspiring Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Don’t miss this pairing of outdoor sport and beautiful wines!

Tour Schedule

7:15a to 4:45p.
July – October: Thursday, Saturday

Tour Price

$299 Adult. 18+
$249 Youth. 14-17. All-Inclusive.

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In addition to our small-group tours – we do offer beautiful private tours. Looking to make your tour a private experience? See details and pricing below in the “Additional Details” section, send our team a note to arrange a date with the “Ask A Question” button, above or give us a call.

Tour Overview: Whitewater Rafting & Wine Tasting

The White Salmon River on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge is a small river that punches well-above its weight with dozens of rapids packed into 2.5 hours on the river. The spring- and glacier-fed river plunges over Husum Falls on its way to join the mighty Columbia River in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

High and dry after rafting, a casual picnic lunch awaits before we head off into the scenic area and drop in at two local wineries to discover the diversity of wines that call the Columbia Gorge region home. The area’s micro-climates make room for cool-climate white wines and pinot noirs, as well as bold sun-loving reds like cabernet, Malbec, Syrah, and more.

As you travel from the River and to the wineries, you’ll get a scenic overview of the region, possibly including views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Multnomah Falls, Beacon Rock, and other Columbia Gorge landmarks.

Key Details: Full-Day Tour from Portland

Duration of Tour: 9.5 hours

Approximate Tour Timing: 7:15a to 4:45p

Tour Group Size: Ten or fewer. Private trips are available (including trips for larger groups) in the summer months.

Hotel Pickups: Yes. We offer tour pickup at any downtown Portland location. We’ll text/call you the day before your trip to schedule your pickup! See more about pick-up & drop-off below.

Tour Meals: A full lunch & all wine tastings. Snacks, water, sparkling water, etc. readily available all day.

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Whitewater Rafting & Wine Tasting Tour – Additional Details

Travel the scenic Columbia River Gorge and cross into beautiful Washington State.

Raft the exciting White Salmon River, a favorite in the region with Class II -Class IV rapids and a plunge over the Class V Husum Falls (water level dependent and optional–a portage is available if you’d rather not).

Watch the dramatic shift in climate zones right before your eyes as you travel between the cool forests of the western gorge and the hot dry sagebrush steppe of the eastern gorge.

Visit two wineries this afternoon, selected from the following: Analemma, Wy’East, Cathedral Ridge, Syncline, or Domaine Pouillon.

Relaxing picnic lunch included and served upon return from rafting.

Learn about this unique wine region characterized by its diversity of climates and locally-grown varietals.

Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at your downtown accommodations (hotel, AirBNB, rental, etc.).

A local, TripAdvisor 'Hall of Fame' naturalist guide. We guarantee you'll love your trip leader!

No additional charges during your day. We cover everything you'll need during our tours (drinks, entrance fees, permits, wine tasting fees, fuel, etc.).

We provide all gear necessary for safety and comfort on the river (including PFDs, helmets, paddles, wetsuits & booties (as necessary), etc.)

A local picnic lunch, provided after paddling on the river. Usually includes a sandwich, chips, fruit, and soda or sparkling water. Inclusions change regularly and seasonally. Let us know if you have dietary restrictions - we can accommodate most needs if we're aware of them at least 24 hours prior to the start of your tour.

Plenty of readily-available snacks, water, sparkling water, and more throughout the day.

Comfortable transportation in brand new Ford Transit vans or Mercedes Sprinter vans. Most of our vehicles are built for 15 people - we only open ten seats per trip to leave plenty of space.

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From here, the course of your day can go so many ways. Your guide will combine group preferences, weather considerations, mixed access & highlights, crowd avoidance, and more to create a lovely day. No two trips are the same! We're extremely likely to change wineries from day to day to give you the best possible experience.

Downtown Portland Pick-ups:

Approximate Pick-up Start time: 7:00a

Downtown Pick-up End time: 7:15a

When booking, be sure to provide the phone number where we can reach you during your travels. Let our team know where you're staying and we'll do everything we can to make your pick-up as easy as possible. We’ll connect the day prior to your tour to confirm details. If you’re staying outside of downtown, our default downtown pick-up location is at the Hotel Monaco (506 SW Washington St.).

Are you looking to make your Portland whitewater tour and wine adventure even more intimate and comfortable? We offer beautiful private tours led by the Northwest's best field educators.

To inquire about private trip dates, give us a call!

1 person: $1100/person

2 people: $625/person

3 people: $467/person

4 people: $388/person

5 people: $340/person

6 people: $308/person

7 people: $286/person

8 people: $269/person

9 people: $256/person

10 people: $245/person

11 people: $236/person

12 people: $229/person

Please contact us for groups larger than 12 travelers for a custom quote. Groups larger than 12 generally require a second van, second guide, etc.

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Portland Whitewater Tour – Traveler Testimonials

Here is what recent travelers have said about our ‘Whitewater & Wine’ tours from Portland:

We absolutely loved our tour. Spencer was the greatest. We could not believe the beauty of the valley. We had a truly great experience of all three wineries we visited. Spencer went out of his way to make us comfortable. He even made fresh pressed French coffee in the middle of the woods for us all. We had a wonderful lunch and a great experience drinking wine without worrying about driving. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who has not experienced the the beauty of Oregon.

-fongulatzeed (TripAdvisor Review)

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This tour was the highlight of our trip. It was nice to get out of the city for the day. Our tour guide, JD, was prompt to picking us up and awesome. There were only 10 of us so it was very nice and intimate. This tour exceeded our expectations. The coffee, snacks and lunch were great. You only need to bring your camera, they take care of everything. This tour was worth every penny!

-Samantha F. (TripAdvisor Review)

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The small group environment allows 1-on-1 interaction with the tour guide, sort of like why small school classes are generally better than large university classes. Justin was knowledgeable about trees, ecosystems, forests, etc.  It was like a private tour and we felt safe and secure!  My family had a wonderful time with our group; we will remember this tour for the rest of our lives!!

-Joon, Young, David & Peter (TripAdvisor Review)

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