updated 5/18/2011 1:19:16 PM ET 2011-05-18T17:19:16

AUBURN, Wash., May 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After suffering through dreary spring weather this year in Western Washington, one bright spot for local residents is that unusually high snowpack means months of river rafting fun this summer. With snow levels in the Cascade Mountains currently reaching up to 175% or more above average and peaking one month later than usual, the expected result is higher run-off later into the summer.  For people of all ages interested in guided river rafting tours, this is a great year to experience either a breathtaking adventure or a calm float trip close to home.  Wildwater River Tours offers affordable river rafting trips starting at $69 per person, with $15 discounts during the major spring and summer holidays.  www.wildwater-river.com/bc

"We tailor our tours to what suits each party best – from families with children to extreme sports enthusiasts," says Rod Amundson, owner of Wildwater River Tours.  "If you haven't tried guided rafting before, there should be really good water levels throughout the summer given all the extra snowpack."

Wildwater River Tours participants can enjoy the thrill of plunging down a Class V waterfall, a relaxing swim alongside the boat, a water fight with friends, and enjoying natural scenery – sometimes all on the same trip.  The company offers rafting trips on eight rivers throughout Washington:

  • Wenatchee River (Class III+)
  • Skagit River (Class I-II and II-III)
  • White Salmon River (Class IV, optional Class V)
  • Tieton River (Class III+)
  • Skykomish River (Class IV-V)
  • Green River (Class IV)
  • Toutle River (Class IV)
  • Nisqually River (Class I-II)

"The Wenatchee River is especially popular with Puget Sound residents," says Amundson.  "It's only a few hours from Seattle and people can get some sun.  Plus, there are a lot of other nearby activities like hiking, camping and fishing.  For the thrill seekers, the White Salmon River near the Oregon border should be running fast this August.  Whether mild or wild, a rafting trip makes a great weekend outing or mini vacation. "

Special pricing offers for 2011 include:

  • Green River Snowpack Special – $64 per person, plus tax, for 6 or more people (a savings of $15 per person), now through early June; and
  • Holiday Specials – $54 per person, plus tax (a savings of $15 per person), available Memorial Day (May 30), Fathers' Day (June 19), Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day (September 5).

About Wildwater River Tours

Wildwater River Tours is a fully licensed and insured provider of river rafting adventures in Washington State.  Tours range from calm float trips to heart-pounding whitewater adventures on eight different Washington rivers.  All of the company's professionally trained guides are certified in first aid, CPR and river rescue.  Wildwater River Tours is a member of the America Outdoors Association, Rafting America, and Washington Outfitters and Guides Association.  www.wildwater-river.com/bc

For more information, contact:
Wildwater River Tours Editor's Desk
(253) 661-7333
brandnerpr@brandner.com

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