More rafting days announced on Middle Fork American River


More rafting days announced on Middle Fork American River



  • Friday 7/24 - $99.00 !!
  • Tuesday 7/28 -


  • Tuesday 9/1
  • Monday 9/7
  • Saturday 9/12
  • **Saturday 9/26

** water dependent 


  • Saturday 8/1 - full
  • Tuesday 8/4 
  • Thursday 8/6
  • Friday 8/7
  • Saturday 8/8
  • Sunday 8/9
  • Tuesday 8/11
  • Thursday 8/13
  • Friday 8/14
  • Saturday 8/15


  • Sunday 8/16
  • Tuesday 8/118
  • Thursday 8/20
  • Friday 8/21
  • Saturday 8/22
  • Sunday 8/23
  • Monday 8/24
  • Tuesday 8/25
  • Wednesday 8/26
  • Thursday 8/27
  • Friday 8/28
  • Saturday 8/15



$99 Tuesdays are back all summer, every Tuesday!

IRIE would like to invite you to lunch...on the river 

16 miles of paddling deep in the Middle Fork American River canyon ,will certainly
help you work up an appetite. IRIE Rafting Company specializes in filling your belly
with an all-organic meal. There really isn't anything like being out of communication
from the "real world" and eating so well. Somehow, it just tastes better.
Rafting the Middle Fork American is a day full of fun and excitement. The trip begins
with a splashy wakeup call the moment you begin to float. Immediately, you begin
 to roll deep into the canyon. It all happens "rapidly" fast and before you know
 it, your at the head of Tunnel Chute Rapid.
Tunnel Chute Rapid is famous for it's dynamite-inflicted whitewater chute. Back 
in the days of the California Gold Rush, Miner's decided that it would be easier
 to mine a river bed if it didn't have any water flowing through it. A plan came
 together and a new channel was created by blasting dynamite through the mountainside.
Once the river was flowing in it's new channel they began the search for gold in
 the dry riverbed. Tunnel Chute Rapid was born. Little did they know that it would
be one of California's most talked about whitewater rapids.
At the bottom of the rapid, your adrenaline will be worked into a ball of excitement.
This is just the beginning of a big day full of fun and excitement.
To reserve at the $99 price, simply choose any Tuesday when reserving and the discount will automatically be applied. Spaces are limited, so hurry up and reserve. 



Rafting in Lake Tahoe: A Must For Every Fun Family Vacation

Summer is coming and it’s time to start planning a family getaway while the kids are out of school and the weather is wonderful. Rather than heading to Disneyland again this year for a few thrills, why not try something new and even more exciting? No place says adventure quite like Lake Tahoe does, and there are so many great things to do here with your whole family - even the youngest members! Whitewater rafting is a family-friendly activity that’s fun for everyone, and you don’t have to be a professional to do it! Even kids as young as 5 years old can come along and test the waters for the first time. These trips are fully guided and safety is the number one priority. All of the raft guides are trained professionals. Rafting is a great way for everyone to bond and reconnect, and Lake Tahoe has several great rivers to choose from, many of which are mild enough for kids ages 5 and up!

Take to the Truckee River for a half-day trip with IRIE Rafting Company and head 8 miles down the Lower Gorge with your family.  You have a choice, to begin your trip in the morning during the most tranquil part of the day or enjoy an afternoon trip in when the sun in highest in the sky. Along the way, enjoy weaving in and around a boulder maze of swirling currents and pools of emerald green waters. Eventually, the river increases intensity as the gradient begins to drop. At the top of the Floriston Gorge, the whitewater begins and the waves splash into the raft causing excitement. You may find yourself belting out occasional hoots of joy. This trip lasts around 3 hours, and younger kids stay entertained the whole time, without getting too exhausted before it’s over. Come in the spring, summer or fall and enjoy half a day on the Truckee River with your family!


Step up the excitement for a whole day of rafting on the Middle Fork of the American River. Famous for it’s Tunnel Chute Rapid, man made during the California Gold Rush, this trip is a full on full day of class 3-4 whitewater. 16 miles deep in the gorgeous canyon, you will leave the hustle and bustle of the city and begin your float. IRIE Rafting Company’s guides will not only guide you down the river, but they will entertain you with history of this wild section of river and how Tunnel Chute Rapid was apart of the Gold Rush. Between rapids, you will have the opportunity to swim in the river’s deep calm pools. Half way down the river, you will be provided a fully organic deli spread lunch. This is a trip you don’t want to miss and if doing it all in one days isn’t enough, spend the night with IRIE Guides in the canyon on a sandy beach and enjoy hot meals cooked for you in our outdoor kitchen. If sleeping under the stars is among a favorite thing to do, sign up for a 2day trip and fall asleep to the sound of the river.

While whitewater rafting with your family is a must, for the adventurous crews looking for a vacation this season, there are tons of other great things to do in Lake Tahoe that the whole family can enjoy together to round out an entire trip! Head out for a day of fishing on Lake Tahoe, take to the trails for a scenic hike or invigorating bike ride, or lounge by the beach and reconnect with your favorite people! When you’re not camping out on a two-day trip with IRIE, check out all the hotels in Tahoe to stay for a nice, long family vacation and enjoy all Tahoe has to offer this season!

It’s always fun to take a trip to Lake Tahoe with your family, and the whitewater rapids are calling your name to come and try something new! Have an unforgettable adventure this year with your family and friends, and don’t let another year pass without trying a half-day, full-day or two-day rafting trip with IRIE Rafting Company!

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CR Johnson Birthday Rafting with High Fives

Friday August 10th, 2012 was CR Johnson's birthday, and IRIE was pleased to help High Fives and many of CR's friends and family celebrate the day with our annual rafting fundraiser.  Thanks to the hard work and generosity of many cool and dedicated people, IRIE was able to take 51 (yes, FIFTY ONE) people rafting on the Mighty Truckee River and to donate $2,000.00 to High Fives.  Additional props go out to The Full Belly Deli for feeding all the hungry rafters at a great reception at the amazing new CR Johnson Healing Center in Truckee.

Here's a link to the 5-1-1 E-Newsletter  which gives us a shout out and also has lots of other interesting info about the many great events and projects that High Fives is involved in.  Check it out, and please think about subscribing!


Jaws Rapid 6/1/12 ~1000 CFS

Hey everyone.  

Just wanted to follow up yesterday's post with a great sequence of photos featuring our guide Matty and his awesome paddle crew of IRIE guests.  You can follow the sequence and really get a sense for how big this rapid is, even compared to a 12 foot raft.  Good job everyone, and many thanks to Truckee River Photos for providing these great pictures.  If you go on one of our trips, you too will be featured in awesome shots like this!

Please click on thumbnails to enlarge photos.

No really, you should take a moment to look at the full versions of the photos.  The faces are priceless!




Yes, We Have Water!

It's a sunny June 1st afternoon here at IRIE Rafting HQ. Our morning Truckee trip just came back all smiles and stories about big excitement in Jaws rapid. That's right, my fellow humans, rafting season is already well upon us. We've been running trips for the past month or so on rivers all over the region, including loads of fun commercial trips on the Truckee, and the only thing we're missing is you.

There have been some rumors going around that there won't be any water in the rivers this season due to the small snowpack we experienced this past winter. Well, no one here is going to deny that it was a pretty disappointing ski season, but luckily that doesn't mean we won't have a good whitewater boating season. Thanks to guaranteed dam releases, we will have 7-day-a-week rafting all summer long. This includes class III rafting on the mighty Truckee River, and class IV rafting on the Middle Fork American River going, through Labor Day at least.

So put aside those sour memories of missed powder days, bust out your board shorts and bikinis and get ready for a great summer of whitewater action with IRIE. We're here every day.


It's Snowing. Finally.

It's the end of February and it looks like winter may have finally blessed us with its presence. We're still holding out for Miracle March, but we also have our sights set on spring boating. The season will start early this year, and rivers like the North Fork of the American and the Carson will have short runs. But not to worry -- the Truckee and Middle Fork of the American have guaranteed dam releases through the summer. We won't see the epic flows we did last year, but the boating season won't be a total loss. 



IRIE Rafting and Truckee Thursdays

We're glad to announce that we will be participating in Truckee Thursdays for the remainder of the summer!  We would like to thank the Tahoe Downtown Merchants Association for allowing IRIE Rafting company to participate in this great event.  In addition to joining the great party and hanging out with many of our favorite local business owners, we will also be raffling off two 1/2 day Truckee River white water rafting trips for six.  Each trip is a $400 value, and all the proceeds of the raffle will go to local non profit organizations, including the Truckee Skatepark illumination / expansion project.

Truckee Thursdays happens every Thursday evening in Old Town Truckee from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.  There are three events left for this summer, August 11th, 18th and 25th.  Please come check out the event, listen to the band and enter to win your chance at an exciting Truckee River white water rafting trip!



New Truckee River Mile by Mile on California Creeks.

We're stoked to announce that our new description of the 18 miles of the Truckee River between Boca Dam and Crystal Peak State Park (Verdi, NV) has been published on the California Creeks Website.  Here's the direct link to our mile by mile, which we're proud to say includes lots of cool photos like this one:

As mentioned in our feature piece in the Reno Gazette-Journal earlier this Spring, we are pleased to be offering an exciting full day white water rafting trip on this stretch of the Truckee River and have had the opportunity to run it quite a bit since early May both with commercial guests and on fun guide training trips.  We hope that sharing the up-to-date information and photos that we've gathered during these trips will encourage other boaters in the community to come explore this scenic and exciting class III+ white water corridor.

Although many people here at IRIE contributed to this project, we'd especially like to thank our Operations Manager Erik for creating the final write up and of course, Bill Tuthill from California Creeks for being so receptive to our contributions and handling the web publishing of our submission.



Juneuary Blues (except not really)

It's been raining up here lately, yes.  Here's a question for you though:  If you're in the water, does it really matter if you get rained on a little bit?  Our answer is no.  If you don't believe it, you can just ask anybody that's been white water rafting with us lately on the Truckee River or the North Fork of the American River.  That's right, no matter how much it might be hurting your tan, the fact is that this slightly chilly, little bit rainy, spring weather is doing wonders for our early white water rafting season.

Remember my first blog about all that snow up here in the Sierra Nevada mountains?  Well, if it weren't for the overnight freezes we've been getting for the last couple of weeks, there'd be flooding everywhere.

Bottom line for YOU is that if you book a trip with us, we'll loan you a wetsuit and a paddle jacket for free and the whitewater adventure you get will make you regret ever sitting on the couch and waiting for beach weather.  If you don't believe it, check out this shot from our Memorial Day weekend trip on the Truckee River.




Big Winter Snows Means Exciting 2011 Rafting Season for IRIE!

That’s right- as of April first, California’s mountain snowpack was 165% of the full season average!  While many of you are probably still squeezing the last bits of fun out of this amazing ski season, we at IRIE have already turned our thoughts to early season rafting.  Now, we’re not saying that you should hang your goggles up just yet, but here are some points to ponder about why lots of winter snow on those peaks means lots of spring and summer rafting enjoyment for you. 

Early Season Excitement: Lots of snow, combined with the spring thaw equals more water in the rivers during the early rafting season.  This means bigger whitewater and bigger thrills on all the rivers we run here at IRIE.  Whether you want to experience Lake Tahoe’s premier class III whitewater run, the Truckee River, or push your limits on the beautiful solitude of the class IV North Fork or Middle Fork of the American River, a “big water” rafting trip has an unforgettable feel and an extra oomph that will exhilarate even the most experienced paddlers.

Extended Seasons on Free-Flowing Rivers:  As many of you undoubtedly know, most of the summer whitewater rafting that we do is dependent on dam released water from reservoirs.  What you might not know, is that some of the best rafting in California is on free flowing rivers, like the North Fork of the American or the East Fork of the Carson, where lack of dams means that boating only lasts as long as the snowmelt.  Savvy recreational boaters and seasoned professionals alike often lament that their spring schedules didn’t line up with narrow “flow windows” on runs like this.  Well, the good news for you is that all that extra snow in the mountains this winter equals longer seasons on these classic stretches of river; already got plans for spring break?  No problem- we estimate that our “spring” season will last into early July this year!

The Bottom Line:  2011 is going to be an epic boating season!  Whether you want unparalleled big water thrills, or the chance to experience wilderness solitude, IRIE has got the trip for you.  Give us a call and we can help you pick exactly the right river.  Sign up for our newsletter today to receive $10 off your next booking and periodic access to additional exclusive deals and discounts.  Thanks for reading our inaugural blog…and we’ll see you on the river!