You Deserve A Good Paddling from Olympic Raft and Kayak!


Frequently Asked Questions

Reservations Highly recommended as we do book full at times. A credit card number is required to confirm a reservation and can be done with a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. We will charge 50% if you cancel within 24 hours (groups of 8 or more, 7 days) of the scheduled date although rescheduling is possible. We reserve the right to cancel any trips due to weather or water conditions with a full refund.
How do we rate the Elwha? Although there is a universal rating system for rivers, the Elwha is experiencing something completely unique. During this period of restoration the difficulty in navigating the Elwha changes as flows fluctuate, sediment moves down river, and woody debris shift. We like to call the Elwha River a Class II+ expedition, which means there is a number of rapids and plenty of whitewater to keep the trip exciting for all involved but with the constant state of change that the Elwha is experiencing, the river provides a true wilderness expedition experience.
Is it safe? Although we can never guarantee safety, we do have an excellent safety record. Falling out of a boat is very rare but it can happen. We take pride in your safety and it is our biggest concern.
What should I wear? The most important thing to remember for warmth is DON’T WEAR COTTON! Cotton will cool you down significantly when it’s wet. We recommend synthetic fabrics such as polypro, fleece, and wool. (yes, wool is synthetic, ever hear of cloning sheep?) These fabrics will help you stay warm even when wet. Sandals without ankle straps (such as flip flops) are not allowed although Chacos, Tevas and other secured sandals as well as tennis shoes wi More FAQs ll work, wool socks are highly recommended.
It’s raining It’s the Great Pacific Northwest, nobody has melted yet! Although we always hope for warm, sunny weather, hey, it’s not Arizona. You should expect to get wet out there and be prepared. We can help you decide on clothing options to keep you warm and comfortable.
Can I bring a camera? Feel free! We provide dry bags that do a great job keeping things dry (if you close them properly). These bags are great for cameras, extra clothing, snacks, etc. We also sell inexpensive waterproof cameras.
National Park Entrance Fee The starting point for the Elwha River trip is inside Olympic National Park. You can buy an annual National Park pass or a seven day pass at any entrance station which is good for your immediate family. If you do not have a pass you may purchase one at our shop: a one time entry pass ($5 per person 16 yrs and up) or seven day pass ($15 for everyone in your vehicle).

How to Find Us

123 Lake Aldwell Rd.Port Angeles, Wa 98363
From Port Angeles – 8 miles west on Highway 101, cross the Elwha River and take More Directions the first right onto Lake Aldwell Road. we are 1/4 mile down on left. (15 minutes from downtown Port Angeles, 40 minutes from downtown Sequim)
From Forks – Go east on Highway 101, approx. 7 miles beyond Lake Crescent take a left on Lake Aldwell Road. We are 1/4 mile down on left. If You cross the Elwha River, you have gone 200 yards too far. (1 hour from Forks, 15 minutes from Lake Crescent Lodge or Log Cabin Resort) PLEASE ARRIVE AT THE MEETING TIME! We have limited parking and if you arrive early we may have a full lot until the previous trip is finished.

Olympic Peninsula Travel Help


Indian Valley Motel

Granny's Cafe

Elwha Dam RV Park

Elwha Ranch B&B

Red Lion Hotels

Visiting the Elwha Valley inside Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park Campgrounds











Red Lion Hotel
Elwha Ranch B&B
Elwha Dam RV Park
A Hidden Haven B&B
The Meadows Inn
Eden By The Sea B&B

Sequim Area Lodging

Quality Inn and Suites
Brigadoon Vacation Rentals
Lake Crescent Area Lodging
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Lake Crescent Lodge
Log Cabin Resort

Forks and West End Area Lodging
Kalaloch Lodge
Miller Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast
Lake Quinault Lodge
A View Mobile Park, RV, and Cabins

Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitor Centers
Olympic Peninsula Guide
Official National Park Web Site
Port Angeles
Neah Bay
Sekiu/Clallam Bay
Port Townsend
Northwest Secret Places

Area Attractions
Victoria Express Passenger Ferry
Olympic Cellars Winery
Westside Guide Service (fishing trips)
Hood Canal Kayak Rentals

We are much more than a Rafting & Kayaking company.

At Olympic Raft and Kayak, we are a community of friends. 

Half Team Awesome

We love sharing our backyard with others who want to enjoy this beautiful Olympic Peninsula.

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