Summer Fun in Leavenworth: A Day on the River with Osprey Rafting


Not only is Leavenworth a lovely mountain village, but it is also situated on the crystal clear waters of the Wenatchee River. On a 90 degree summer day, we couldn’t think of a better activity to choose than rafting and floating on the river.

Leavenworth, WA

It was a day of mixed emotions and scenic landscapes as we explored Wenatchee. We started out anxious for our day, had tense moments hurdling through rapids and then relaxed completely as we floated along the rolling river.

Leavenworth, WA

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Osprey Rafting Company

Osprey Rafting Company, established in 1991, has been providing thrilling river fun and unforgettable memories to Leavenworth’s visitors for over 20 years. They provide trips for every level: high adventure Class IV, moderate Class III, and no sweat Class II trips, as well as family-friendly floats. Osprey guides are experienced and knowledgeable about all things river-related. They provide life jackets, booties and wet suits if needed. No wet suits were needed for us on the hot day. We were looking forward to jumping in the cool water!


Leavenworth, WA

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Leavenworth, WA
We have our paddles. Here we go!

Wenatchee River Late Summer Combo

We were on the Late Summer Combo trip which includes three Class III rapids, an inflatable kayak float and a barbecue at the end on Osprey’s private beach. The trip took just under four hours total. We walked to our launching point about 1/4 of a mile up the road and after a semi-alarming safety speech of what to do, not do and all the things that could go wrong but probably wouldn’t, we were off!

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Leavenworth, WA

We were on a boat with five others, making our raft group a total of eight with the guide. We had a blast navigating and paddling over the water of the Class II and Class III rapids.

“Class 3: Whitewater, small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger. May require significant maneuvering. (Skill level: Some experience in rafting)”

The water levels of the Wenatchee River are the highest in May, June and early July. As the water level decreases so does the intensity of the rapids. Based on the time of year, the rafting was not considerably intense, but we enjoyed it nonetheless.

Leavenworth, WA

Leavenworth, WA

After about an hour, we jumped in our kayaks and made our way down the river.  We cruised by beautiful cabins, osprey nests and vigorous trees that line the banks.  It was so enjoyable, we’re now considering buying a two person inflatable kayak of the same brand that we used, like this one.  It was shocking how well they worked even though they were inflatable!  Portable and functional are definite selling points.

Leavenworth, WA

Leavenworth, WA

Our final stop was Osprey’s private beach for hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, salsa, and chips. We were starved so the barbecue was a perfect end to the rafting trip.

Leavenworth, WA

Leavenworth, WA

After the barbecue we hopped in the van to head back. It was a great day to get out on the water and our experience with Osprey Rafting was outstanding.

Know Before You Go

  • Osprey Rafting, 9342 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, WA (509) 548-6800
  • Reservations recommended (especially weekends)
  • Wear sunscreen and/or hat
  • Only bring sunglasses if you have a sport band attached
  • Wear swimsuit and bring a set of dry clothes (you can change at the office or have them bring it on the bus when they pick up)
  • The office will hold your car keys
  • Photos of your trip are available at the office

And so our epic 80 day summer road trip continues – 12 U.S. states, 1 Canadian province and 11 national parks. For the upcoming months, I will be sharing with you our highlights, lowlights, adventures, favorite spots, best tips and our thoughts on three months of road tripping and living in a pop up.  I’ll try to answer any and all of your questions too!  You can also follow our journey via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Miles Driven: 0

Total Road Trip Miles Driven: 6,920

Average Gas Price per Gallon: $2.67

State: Washington

All States Visited: Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, British Columbia & Alberta Provinces

If you would like to see our full itinerary, start at the beginning here. And Start at Day One here.

Thank you Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce and its associates for hosting us. All words and opinions, however, are my own.

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Angela E. is a travel writer from the Chicagoland area who has visited all 50 states in the US and has traveled extensively around the world. She is passionate about exploring the great outdoors and hiking in particular. Her love for nature has taken her to some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. She has written extensively about her travels on her own website, Dang Travelers, and has been published in collaboration with other travel websites and multiple visitor bureaus around the country.

15 Responses

  1. sarah

    We love Leavenworth and have been several times both in the summer and at Christmas when the town is all lit up. We’ve never been river rafting there though, will have to do that next time!

    • Dang Travelers

      You must live pretty close then. Nice to have such a cute town close. Kayaking and rafting were tons of fun especially since it was so hot!

    • Dang Travelers

      No, but we will get to New Zealand at some point. It’s high on our travel wishlist. We will have to add that to the list when we visit!

    • Dang Travelers

      The water was refreshing on a hot summer day, but probably would opt out if it was cold. Although I do believe they have wet suits!

  2. Tom

    Washington State seems to be attracting more and more bloggers, most of them doing outdoors things, and I’m beginning to understand why.

    • Dang Travelers

      We are loving this state! Went to San Juan Islands, Seattle and Olympic Nat’l Park a few years a ago and had a great time exploring there too!

  3. Kerri

    This looks so beautiful and always makes me think of summer in the US. Lakes, rivers a boting – such a great combination. Looks like you would have had an amazing time.

  4. Nancy

    It’s been a few years since we have been to Leavenworth but love going there. It is truly Germany in the PNW. Christmas is our favorite time to visit but looking at the fun you had rafting and kayaking we just might have to go up and give it a try before the end of summer! Looks like a blast!

  5. Nathan

    I’ve never been but this looks like so much fun! I’ve done some rafting before but I’d love to do more.

  6. melody pittman

    I’ve seen many Leavenworth posts in the past and fell in love with the idea of visiting but your outdoor adventures really push it over the edge. Leavenworth is looking MUCH better with your contribution, I didn’t know this float and kayaking were options. Looks like a great time was had by all. đŸ˜‰

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