Rafting is exciting and fun. However, as with all sports, there is inherent risk involved. That risk
contributes to the excitement, and is one of the reasons people enjoy rafting so much. The
guides working for Willow Creek Tours are trained to minimize and manage risks, and,
statistically, you’re safer in a raft than in your car. The most common injury on most rafting trips
is sunburn, and most other injuries occur on land, especially getting into and out of the boats.
Everyone on commercial rafting trips wears a coast guard approved life vest or personal flotation device (PFD). This critical piece of equipment will keep you afloat in the event that you find yourself in the river. Many non-swimmers go on rafting trips, and they have a great time. Your guide will give you an in depth safety talk before your trip explaining what you should prepare for and do in the event you fall out of the raft. Your guide is professionally trained in Swift Water Rescue and will work to ensure that you feel comfortable on your trip.
On our rafting trips we use oar boats (the guide does most of the work), you can choose to be as active as you wish. You should be reasonably healthy, and must be able to fit into the life vests supplied by our team. If you’re in doubt about your fitness to go rafting, check with your doctor before you go.
Your gear will depend on the time of year and weather during your trip. We recommend that you dress for cooler temperatures (50-70 degrees). Rain gear and over shoes are provided. It is also handy to have sunscreen for the sunny days.
In a word…YES! Kids of all ages are welcome on Willow Creek Tours. Exploring the wonders of nature can be especially rewording for youngsters. Children under the age of 4 will need special attention and most be accompanied by a parent.
Many people of all ages, including spry folks in their 80’s and 90’s have enjoyed rafting with Willow Creek Tours.
All of our rafts are commercial 14’ self bailing whitewater rafts made by NRS and AIRE. Made in the USA to the highest quality standards, these boats are stable, lightweight, and virtually indestructible.
Yes, every passenger will be fitted with a Coast Guard approved personal floatation device.
Every raft is equipped with a row frame operated by a trained, professional guide. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery.