Rafting For Kids
We love kids at Lewis & Clark. Owners James and Karen have kids of their own and with that comes a special understanding of what makes rafting fun and safe for families with children. Please feel free to call or email us with any concerns or questions about rafting with kids. In typical mid-summer conditions, we take kids as young as 6 whitewater rafting every day during normal flows, and kids as young as 3 on scenic float trips. We want your whole family to have a safe, memorable experience on the Snake River.
We set minimum ages for kids based on long experience. We take kids rafting EVERY DAY. During normal river flows, our minimum age for kids on Classic Whitewater is 6, for Small boats is 8, and for Scenic Float Trips is 3. During high water these minimum ages can rise, depending on conditions.
When adults express trepidation about rafting themselves, we often reply, "we takes kids as young as six." Kids can be placed in the middle of the raft if they like, and the layout of the raft is perfect for putting kids in places near their parents. But we know that not all kids are alike. Indeed you may have a 7-year-old who is gung-ho, but an 11-year-old who is extremely cautious. We get that, and we are happy to have conversations with any parents who have questions or concerns. It's what we do.
Please Note: As river flows rise, so does our minimum age for rafting. We urge you to call if you have any questions about rafting with children during high water season, which typically ends by mid to late June.