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Choose your River


Offering rafting near Truckee and Lake Tahoe on the Truckee and American Rivers, as well as many other Northern California rivers  . 

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Choose your River


Offering rafting near Truckee and Lake Tahoe on the Truckee and American Rivers, as well as many other Northern California rivers  . 

Finding the right river for your group is important, to help you we have provided a number of ways for you to search through the rivers that we offer such as location, difficulty, availability and more. Look through the options below to find the river rafting trip that is right for you and your family or group. If you have further questions about planning your whitewater rafting trip in Lake Tahoe or across Northern California you can refer to our planning page or give us a call at 530.582.4900.
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Truckee / Tahoe Area Rafting Trips


Whitewater rafting trips daily on the Truckee River, Middle Fork American River and must do Spring trips on the North Fork American and Carson Rivers. 

Truckee / Tahoe Area Rafting Trips


Whitewater rafting trips daily on the Truckee River, Middle Fork American River and must do Spring trips on the North Fork American and Carson Rivers. 

 
 

  Truckee River

CLASS II-III, Half-day rafting trips twice daily. Full-day Trips available in 2017!

Season: April-September Approx. 15 min from shop

Lake Tahoe has 63 streams that flow into it and only one that flows out, the Truckee River.  Flowing north to the town of Truckee before turning east and flowing out of the mountains to the Nevada desert. Unlike the flat upper section of the Truckee River the lower Truckee Gorge has Class II and III rapids that make for a fun and exciting ride while not being very threatening. This guided whitewater trip starts of mellow and slowly builds to a mile of continuous class III just before the end, perfect for first timers to get used to paddling and comfortable in the boat.

MINIMUM AGE - 5

 

North Fork American River

CLASS IV, Full day rafting trip.

Season: Spring March-May to July Approx. 1 hr 15 min from shop

From its headwaters on the backside of Granite Chief Peak, the top of Squaw Valley ski area, the North Fork American River flows free and clear through remote wilderness and extreme rapids. Located above Lake Clementine and the first dam on the North Fork American River, the chamberlain Falls Run is known for its pristine water, epic class IV rapids and fields of wild flowers along the steep and narrow canyon. Depending on the water level this can be a good beginner class IV River or a difficult Class IV+ adventure. Water level and available season varies greatly due to the lack of dams upstream and weather.        

 

CArson river

Class II, Full-day or Multi-day rafting Trip

Season: Spring March-May to July Approx. 2 hr from shop

Flowing from its source high up in the Ice House Wilderness Area the Carson river takes you from high elevation pine forrest down to the Nevada basin desert. Lush Forested areas, snow covered peaks, large rock outcroppings, wildlife, hot springs are what the Carson river is all about. This class II rafting trip is great for the whole family and even the most experienced rafters consider the Carson a must do trip, for what it lacks in whitewater is mare than compensated for by hot springs/streams, great camping, amazing scenery and crystal clear water. offered as a one day trip or a two day hot spring camping adventure

 

 

Middle Fork American River

CLASS IV, Full-Day or Multi-day Rafting Trip

Season: May October Approx. 1 hr 45 min from shop

The Middle Fork American River is located near Auburn California deep in a steep a rugged river canyon. One of California's gold rivers the Middle Fork was heavily mined for many years and not so long ago there were still small dredges in use at various places. recently dredging has stopped and the Middle Fork American River is eligible for Wild and Scenic designation. Left behind by the miners are old relics of the gold rush and a one of a kind rapid called Tunnel Chute, the first of six class IV rapids on the trip. This dammed controlled river has very reliable flows and season. 

-Available as a one or two day trip!

 

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View Rivers by Difficulty


Whitewater tours are rated on a difficulty scale from Class I - Class VI . We operate on a variety of Rivers allowing you to make appropriate choices based on difficulty and location.

View Rivers by Difficulty


Whitewater tours are rated on a difficulty scale from Class I - Class VI . We operate on a variety of Rivers allowing you to make appropriate choices based on difficulty and location.

Carson River - Beginner (class II) one and two day trips. Beautiful scenery, hot springs and family fun on this great relaxing rafting trip. Season spring

Carson River - Beginner (class II) one and two day trips. Beautiful scenery, hot springs and family fun on this great relaxing rafting trip. Season spring

Truckee River - introductory/beginner (class III) whitewater rating trips. Half-day trips Leave at 9:00 and 1:30 daily close to Truckee fun for whole family. 

Truckee River - introductory/beginner (class III) whitewater rating trips. Half-day trips Leave at 9:00 and 1:30 daily close to Truckee fun for whole family. 

Middle Fork American River - Adventurous beginner to intermediate (class IV) full-day rafting trips in the foot hills of the Central Sierras.

Middle Fork American River - Adventurous beginner to intermediate (class IV) full-day rafting trips in the foot hills of the Central Sierras.

North Fork American River - Intermediate (class IV+) whitewater trips on one of California's most beautiful and exciting class IV Spring rivers.

North Fork American River - Intermediate (class IV+) whitewater trips on one of California's most beautiful and exciting class IV Spring rivers.

The International River Rating Scale

 

CLASS I (one) - Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy. 

Class II (two) - Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium-sized waves are easily avoided by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed. Rapids that are at the upper end of this difficulty range are designated Class II+.

Class III (three) - Rapids with moderate, irregular waves and complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required. Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. Injuries and swimmers are rare. On most class III river rafting trips prior experience and swimming abilities are not required for participants. Rapids that are at the lower or upper end of this difficulty range are designated Class III- or Class III+ respectively.

Class IV (four) - Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. Rapids may require “must make” moves above dangerous hazards. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue from trained guides is often essential. Little to no rafting experience is required for participants on many class IV rivers but swimming and good fitness is generally preferred. Rapids that are at the lower or upper end of this difficulty range are designated Class IV- or Class IV+ respectively.

Class V (five) - Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to added risk. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. At the high end of the scale, several of these factors may be combined. Scouting is recommended but may be difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is often difficult even for experts. Proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential for your guides and prior experience along with good fitness and swimming skills is necessary for participants.

Please Call for information on Class V (five) Rafting options in the Tahoe area and around California

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Northern California Whitewater Rafting Trips


Come explore Northern California's Rivers with us and experience whitewater rafting at its best. 

Northern California Whitewater Rafting Trips


Come explore Northern California's Rivers with us and experience whitewater rafting at its best. 

The lush forests and numerous rivers of Northern California's Coastal range and Klamath Mountains make the perfect location for a rafting trip. Rafting the Rivers of California's North Coast provides more than than just the opportunity for endless quality whitewater but also the chance to experience the beauty and remoteness of the Six Rivers National Park like few others have. Great people, history, wildlife and amazing camping locations make rafting on any of Northern California's coastal river's a memorable adventure, the epic whitewater make these rafting trips unforgettable.


California Salmon River Rafting

Rafting the California Salmon River is a truly unforgettable adventure and a California classic. From the one lane access road cut high into a cliff amidst breathtaking scenery to Infamous Class V rapids such as Cascade, Achilles heel and Freight Train the California Salmon River never disappoints it's visitors. Cutting through a deep narrow gorge the California Salmon leaves little room for civilization along its banks aside from a narrow road and a small village at the bottom of the Nordheimer section. The California Salmon's isolated gorge provides wonderful chances for viewing wildlife and amazing scenery in its deep lush canyon, if you have a chance to stop paddling and take it in.

Class IV-V, 2+ days  Call for information on availability


Due to changes in perming and water situations around the state some rivers may not be available it is always best to call about rivers outside the Tahoe - Central Sierra area.

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Klamath River Rafting

The Klamath River offers many opportunities for whitewater rafting. Over it's 263 mile length it cuts through the Cascade range and down into the Klamath mountains through Wild and Scenic Sections, Towns, Sacred Native American Lands and various sections of whitewater including many miles of scenic floating and the seldom run class IV "Ike's Falls" Section (see Salmon River). The most popular whitewater rafting trip on the Klamath River is the "Upper K" Run (Class IV). Reliable summer flows, utter remotes and more than 20 class III and IV rapids make the "Upper K" or "Hells Corner" run on the Klamath river an excellent rafting run for the seasoned paddler looking for a new river and the able beginner alike.

Class IV, 1-2+ days  Call for information on availability

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Overnight and Custom Rafting Trips


From 2 day Middle Fork american Trips to 4-5 day adventures - Customize your perfect rafting adventure.

Overnight and Custom Rafting Trips


From 2 day Middle Fork american Trips to 4-5 day adventures - Customize your perfect rafting adventure.


Custom Rafting Adventures For Any Group

Please call for information about water levels and multi-day trip availability for Northern California trips as well as custom adventures. 530.582.4900

Northern California 3-5 Day Rafting Options

 
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