Northwest Rafting Company was founded in 2009 by Zach Collier, Dick Linford, and Joe Daly to run world-class river trips on their favorite rivers of the West.
We’re an award-winning group of professional, well-trained guides who lead people down the most beautiful rivers in the world.
Our roots go back to the early 1970s when Dick and Joe founded ECHO River Trips with five rafts and a truck. In 1998, Zach Collier was hired as a river guide and over the next 6 years worked as head guide, area manager, sweep boat driver, and finally general manager.
In 2004 Dick and Joe were ready to scale back a bit, and hired Zach to manage ECHO's day-to-day operations. Zach moved ECHO to Hood River, Oregon and five years later founded Northwest Rafting Company with Dick and Joe. In 2014 Zach bought out their ownership stake with his good friend and former ECHO guide, Dan Martin.
Decades of experience and tradition are built into everything we do at Northwest Rafting Company. Our guides are well trained outdoor professionals who we know you'll enjoy spending time with. We are known for running well organized, ecologically sound trips, which are conducted in a warm, personal manner.
We are known for running well organized, ecologically sound trips, which are conducted in a warm, personal manner.
Zach and many of our guides actively explore new rivers in order to find new trip opportunities. They also explore endangered rivers, bringing back photographs and stories to help protect these wild places. Zach's passion for rivers and whitewater is infectious and is passed on to the guests, guides, and anyone who will listen.