California Rafting Trips
California Whitewater Rafting: Family Trips to White Knuckling Class V Adventures
RAFTING THE AMERICAN RIVER, COLOMA, California — Looking for the best California rafting trips? Check out the many options to avail yourself of, from short 1/2 day excursions on the South Fork of the American River in Central California to four-day trips on the wild and scenic Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Mild to wild, family trips to white knuckling Class V adventures. They’re all there … just waiting for you!
We rate the South Fork of the American River as the best river in California for both first-time and more experienced rafters. As the premier dam controlled river in California, the South Fork is a consistent Class III intermediate whitewater river, and it has become our most popular vacation for individuals, families, groups of friends and company recreation trips.
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This river is a great choice for those individuals and groups who wish to experience the adventure of a remote wilderness river trip and enjoy the challenge of many exciting whitewater rapids. An adventuresome first-time rafter in good physical condition, as well as the more experienced intermediate rafter will love the Middle Fork.
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Plummeting out of the Desolation Valley basin near Lake Tahoe lies the free-flowing North Fork American River with some of California’s most exciting springtime technical rapids. From the moment we enter the river, the ride is challenging and exciting.
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Plummeting out of Sequoia National Park just east of Visalia lies the Kaweah, one of America’s steepest rivers. In their classic guidebook California Whitewater, Jim Cassady and Fryar Calhoun describe the Kaweah as running “swift, clear, and free through some of the most exciting rapids in the state”.
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The Tuolumne is California’s Class IV+ premier white water river, rushing through one of the most spectacular canyons in the Sierra! Flowing from the high Sierra, the Tuolumne creates the “Grand Canyon” of Yosemite as it spills into the Hetch Hetchy Valley behind the O’Shaughnessy Dam above our put-in at Meral’s Pool.
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