Mad River Boat Trips

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Customer Reviews

205 Ratings

Awesome, awesome experience. Great guides, nice equipment, and helpful staff. The trip itself is epic and the lunch stopover was delicious and scenic. Highly recommend for families as our kids still race about it.
Tiggervis S. · October 29, 2016
Great service from start to finish. Rob was a great guide and we had a very nice gentleman that drove us to and from the river--can't remember his name--but he had beautiful brown curly hair locks. Super fun activity. We are going to go next year as well.
Karie S. · August 31, 2016
I was late and they accomadated me very friendly
Kris B. · June 30, 2016

What You'll Get

Choose Between Two Options

  • $95 for a small boat whitewater rafting trip for two down the Snake River($164 value).
  • $105 for a half-day Snake River whitewater rafting trip for two with a dutch oven cookout ($178 value)

Option 1 is redeemable May 16–May 27th and September 8th–September 27th, 2015, departing at either 12 or 12:30 p.m. Option 2 is redeemable May 31–June 26th and August 23rd–September 7th, 2015, departing at 10:30 a.m.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Feb 1, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 9 additional as gifts. Online reservation required. 7-day advanced registration recommended. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Must sign waiver. Operates in all weather. Must be at least 6 or older. Bring a change of clothes. No cotton material. Windbreakers are complimentary. Wetsuits are available for rent. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Mad River Boat Trips

We spoke with KC Bess—operations manager and river guide for Mad River Boat Trips—about what to expect on your trip and why you want to get splashed.

On the Snake River

"It's a great river for your first trip," says KC. The relatively high volume of water and the lack of rocks mean that the runs are straightforward—and exciting. Tall, clean waves are common, and the rapids are "kind of like riding a roller coaster while getting buckets of water dumped on you."

On braving whitewater rapids

If passengers are a bit apprehensive about the rapids, KC suggests sitting near the guide at the back of the raft, where the ride is a bit more gentle. Once people are comfortable, he usually encourages them to move up a bit — where they can enjoy the thrill of hitting the waves. "Sit up front. Go all the way and have fun with your first time," he says. "It's worth it."

On nature

Every trip is different, but KC always likes getting out onto the water, experiencing how intricately connected the natural world is. "It's fascinating how it all works together," he says. He keeps an eye out for ospreys, eagerly explaining how the birds are the perfect hunters: hovering above the river, plunging five feet beneath the water, and then emerging with a fish dangling between their talons.

On bringing the whole family

Most of the whitewater trips are suitable for children as young as 6, and KC loves when parents bring kids along. Younger passengers tend to relish the adventure almost more than the adults; but, more importantly, KC sees whitewater runs as an immersive way to introduce children to the natural world. "Kids don't get that kind of experience very often," he says.

By purchasing this deal you'll unlock points which can be spent on discounts and rewards. Every 5,000 points can be redeemed for $5 Off your next purchase.