Best rafting equipment

State of the Art Equipment

When you are enjoying an adventure vacation, it is important that you are comfortable and well-taken care of. At Western River Expeditions, we take great care to assure that all of our river equipment is in top-quality condition at all times. Camping equipment, including cots, tents, and sleeping bags, are consistently upgraded to make sure you have the most comfortable camping experience possible. Staff is employed to search for the best equipment and gear available. Each raft in our fleet is upgraded on a regular basis so that you will have the latest and safest rafting equipment on every trip. So let us worry about the details and come and savor a relaxing vacation with Western.

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Western's Rafts

Western's J-Rig Raft

Named after Western’s founder, Jack Curry, the “J-Rig” is a patented craft offering the most flexible and comfortable ride on the river. If you’re a thrill seeker, you can sit up front where the waves hit hardest, or ride aft for more protection. There are plenty of calm sections along the river where you can move freely around the boat and trade seating positions throughout the trip.

A Whitewater “gusto” seating with safety lines
B “Adventure” seating atop food coolers
C Padded seating atop dry food storage boxes
D Storage area for guest luggage and trip equipment
E Ice water and lemonade coolers
F 4-Cycle outboard motor provides quiet propulsion with low emissions
G Extra motors and spare parts
H First aid supplies and satellite phone
I Compartmented neoprene rubber tubes have 20 separate air chambers and are capable of supporting 66,000 lbs.
J Cold beverage drag bag keeps drinks accessible throughout the day

Western's Oar Rig

On the oar rig, Western’s guides adeptly maneuver four to six passengers. These specially designed 18-foot boats offer a comfortable ride and are “self-bailing” which means that any water that comes into the raft immediately flows back out.

A Ice water and cold lemonade
B Guest seating
C First aid kit
D Guest gear bags
E Guide seat atop coolers
F Throw bag
G Oars
H Dry food storage box
I Personal storage boxes or bags
J Storage for tents, cots, kitchen stoves, tables
K “Flip Lines” designed to flip a boat over in the rare event of an overturn
L Bucket for boat rinsing... and water fighting

Western's Paddle Raft

Western also has paddleboats which provide “hands-on” excitement in conquering the waves with a spirited team of 6 to 8 rafters. Paddlers need not have any prior experience as Western’s guides will provide ample instruction and ensure everyone’s success.

A Ice cold water
B Guest seating
C Seating for smaller children or guests not wanting to paddle
D Guide seat
E Self-bailing floor instantly flushes out any water from the boat

Western's Inflatable Kayak

Also known as a “duckie” or “duck,” these two-person inflatable kayaks let you challenge the rapids on your own. They also provide a peaceful and relaxing way to recline and gaze up at the spectacular scenery in the calm stretches of river. If you’ve never paddled before, acquiring some basic paddle skills with the help of a guide takes only a few minutes. Inflatable kayaks are available throughout the trip and guests can take turns enjoying the ride.

A Comfortable backrests provide support while paddling
B Self-bailing floor instantly flushes out any water that comes into the boat
CKayak paddles make maneuvering the boat easy

Western's Snout Rig »
Cataract Canyon Express

Western’s Snout Rig is a custom craft offering the most comfortable and secure ride on the river for express trips through Cataract Canyon. If you’re a thrill seeker, you can sit up front where the waves hit hardest, or ride aft for more protection. There are plenty of calm sections along the river where you can move more freely about the boat and trade seating positions throughout the trip.

A Padded seating atop storage boxes
B Ice water and lemonade coolers
C Extra motor and spare parts
D First aid supplies and satellite phone
E Storage area for guest luggage and trip equipment
F Direct injection outboard motor provides some of the lowest emission technology available
G Rugged, compartmented neoprene rubber tubes have 8 separate air chambers per boat for added security