Truckee River

Closest Rafting to Truckee / Tahoe and Reno. 15 min Shuttle From our office in Truckee

Half-Day Rafting Trips Twice Daily (9:00am & 1:30pm)

Class II-III (introductory)

Season: April-September

Minimum Age - 5

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 through Reno and into the Nevada desert. Unlike the mellow "float" section of the river in Tahoe City, the Lower Truckee Gorge section has Class II and III rapids that make for a fun and exciting ride. This guided whitewater trip starts off mellow and slowly builds to a mile of continuous class III rapids just before the end. This stretch is great for first timers to get comfortable in the boat, and to get used to paddling while being exciting enough for seasoned rafters and thrill seekers on a time crunch.

Middle Fork American River

Closest Summer Class IV Rafting to Truckee/Tahoe. 1h30m Shuttle From Truckee Office / 20min Shuttle From Auburn, CA.

Full-Day Whitewater Rafting Adventure

CLASS IV (Intermediate / Adventurous Beginner)

Season: May - October

Minimun Age - 12

The Middle Fork American River is located near Auburn, CA deep in a steep and 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 historical 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 hydro-electric dam controlled river has very reliable flows all summer long. Available as a one or two day trip!

North Fork American River

Closest Spring Time Class IV Rafting to Truckee/Tahoe. 1h Shuttle From Truckee Office / 20min Shuttle From Colfax, CA.

Full-Day Whitewater Rafting Adventure

CLASS IV (Intermediate / Adventurous beginner)

Season: April-June    *2018 season may only go into May*

Minimun Age - 12

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 based on snow pack and weather.

Carson River

Closest Rafting to South Lake Tahoe. 40min Shuttle From South Lake / 1h30min Shuttle From Truckee

Multi-Day Rafting Trip or Long Full-Day

Class II (Introductory)

Season: April-June     *2018 season may only go into May*

Minimun Age - 5

Flowing from its source high up in the Ice House Wilderness Area, the Carson River takes you from high elevation pine forest down to the Nevada basin desert. Lush forested areas, snow covered peaks, large rock outcroppings, wildlife, and 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 more than compensated by hot springs, great camping, amazing scenery and crystal clear water. Offered as a one day trip or a two day hot spring camping adventure.