Adventures with Western Waters is the original outfitter of whitewater rafting through the famed Alberton Gorge. Our experienced staff will provide a fun and safe experience for people of all ages! Rafting the Clark Fork is considered to be the best whitewater rafting in the state.
Alberton Gorge Full Day Raft Trip (25 min. Missoula. 2 hour drive CDA, April-Oct.) (If you are driving over the border either direction there is a time change)
This 12 mile river trip provides 15 rapids and breath taking scenery down the Alberton Gorge on the Clark Fork River. The trip starts at 10AM and wraps up around 4PM. Locally sourced, homemade lunch featuring fresh garden grown produce is provided. A great one day river adventure! See more details
Alberton Gorge Half Day Raft Trip (25 min. Missoula, 2 hour drive CDA, April-Oct.) (If you are driving over the border either direction there is a time change)
This 12 mile river trip provides 15 rapids and breath taking scenery down the Alberton Gorge on the Clark Fork River. The trips start at 9AM, 1pm and 4PM. A great three hour river adventure! See more details
Price: Adults-$57 Ages 6 to 17 – $50
Lochsa Full Day Raft Trip (2 hour Missoula. 3 hour drive CDA, April-July 1st.) (If you are driving over the border either direction there is a time change)
The Lochsa is truly one of the best rivers in the world for adrenaline soaked adventure in the midst of amazing natural beauty. The Lochsa is a free-flowing, wild and scenic river that bounces down a steep granite canyon. The river is surrounded by a lush forest and beds of dense moss. With close to 40 rapids in our 20-mile “day run”, many of them class IV, every trip down the river is an exciting challenge. All rafters must be at least 16 years old. Price: Adults-$105
If you are en route to Glacier National Park, take a break with Western Waters and join us for a raft trip!
Coeur dAlene River Rafting Float (This is a 2 hour drive from Missoula April-Nov.)
On your way to Coeur d’Alene this summer?
This is a great way to spend half the day in the Coeur d’Alene/Spokane area. This is a nice river float down the Lower Coeur d’Alene River! Great for all ages and abilities! Nervous about younger children on the boats? This is your float trip! You get out on the water without any stress. Picture a lazy river, warm breezes and a total release of all your cares! This is a great day on Coeur d’Alene River rafting. Guests view birds, moose, and has North Idaho written all over it. This is a peaceful section of river with gentle flows that run all summer long. Jump in to swim! This is a crystal clear spring fed water that houses Cutthroat year round and Chinook Salmon in the fall. Coeur dAlene River Rafting is only offered through CDA Adventures/Adventure Missoula.
You pull up, sunglasses on, curls in tow. Wearing pink. You can feel the energy of the people at the boat ramp and their body language sag as you pull up. Well, you will prove them wrong. Many first time boaters (or borrowers) struggle backing the boat into the water, and it can be tricky if you have never done it before. My husband and I love to watch people crashing out of their boat with drunken sea legs or launching their boats at busy times. Hilarious at times, unplanned swims, submerged vehicles, and drunken fights ensue. It’s sometimes the best human outdoor entertainment you’ll see during your day out. We’ve seen submerged trucks, gotten stuck ourselves in sand, and even blown tires. Here’s the deal; the majority of people that actually put thought into what they were doing-had smooth launch and haul-out. They got all their gear ready to go, arrived, launched, and parked. So, prove them wrong and backing up and parking a trailer has never been easier since someone told me the hint to hold the steering wheel at the bottom. Line yourself up straight with where you are headed, and while looking back at the trailer, you simply move the steering wheel the direction you want to go in small movements. That’s it. Ideally, you can do it in all one motion, but usually people reorient themselves at least once or twice when backing up. So, don’t start sweating next time you have to re-align yourself to back up. Besides, it’s pretty cool you’re trying, and if you have trouble, a million men will be there to tell you how to do it best. Have someone watch and tell you when to stop so you don’t submerge your hubcaps. Before you park, check out the spot for glass, debris, and other obstructions. Same deal when backing into the spot. Hold the wheel at the bottom! Choose a spot that is out of the limelight for easy loading and unloading of gear without having to wait for traffic blocking you. Next time you are at the launch site and it’s deserted, volunteer for practice. People will be appreciative, and you’ll get the practice! Happy Boating.
Back Up a Boat Trailer!!!
Sara Forsythe, Coeur d’Alene Adventures
Timberline Adventures is set to open their course this upcoming June 2015. The company is constructing a zip line/canopy tour on 117 acres over looking Coeur d’Alene Lake. Check out the following site for more information: www.ziptimberline.com. The official date the zipline opens is June 1, 2015.
This course will be a Jason Lindsey signature course. Jason has designed zip lines in Hawaii, Tennessee, Ohio, Montana and Pennsylvania. We feel fortunate in CDA to have him design the course. The project is being managed by our very own Jared Forsythe, owner of CDA Adventures.
If you are traveling from Spokane, Washington you will need to travel east on I-90, traveling thru Spokane Valley-Only a 30 minute drive from Spokane! The headquarters/check in is located at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in the Plaza shops. This is where you sign your waiver, gear up and meet your guide. We then shuttle you and your zip line guides to our 117 acres located in Beauty Bay. Start the 2.5 hour tour via UTV ride (mile long, 800′ elevation gain). The views alone will leave you smiling.
Years ago I caught a beautiful rainbow trout, 20 inches, all by myself. Alone. After the adrenaline wore off, a new stint of it set in when I realized I couldn’t figure out how to get the hook out because the beautiful fish had swallowed my fly in a hunger stricken gulp. My moment turned lonely and sad when minutes later I returned the fish to the river and it didn’t swim away. I cried. Here is what I learned: I now use barbless hooks, but my hook was in the gullet or gills and what I should have done was cut it still inside the fish and let the fish go. Yes, with the fly still in him. Many times it dissolves and also will work its way out over time. Avoid wiggling the hook and use a pair of pliers. Keep the fish in the water. Stress kills and the longer the fish is out of water, the less the chance of survival. Wet your hands before picking her up. This prevents hurting the protective mucous coating that protects the fish from disease. Grab the fly with pliers and while holding the fish in the water, twist your wrist and simultaneously release the fish. Retrieve the fish as quickly as possible rather than “playing her out” to prevent lactic acid fatigue that develops from the ‘fight’. Use a wet towel or something wet and soft on both sides of the fish to hold her while you get your camera ready. After your picture, point your fish up stream and move her back and forth to increase oxygen to her gills. Note: if you catch a fish 30 feet down or greater it’s best to keep them. Coming up that fast is almost always fatal. Catch and release fishing preserves the sport. When you take the time to handle a fish properly and quickly, have your camera and pliers ready, you are prepared for your photo op, and you release her unharmed – you are ensuring that others will enjoy the sport in the future. Happy fishing gals.