California White Water Rafting Trips

California White Water Rafting Trips by River

Choose your rafting trip by the specific river or by the desired length of trip below!

American River Rafting, California White Water Rafting

We rate the South Fork of the American River as the best California white water rafting river for first-time AND experienced rafters. As the premier dam-controlled river in California, the South Fork is a consistent Class III intermediate whitewater river, and has become our most popular vacation for individuals, families, and groups. It is available daily from April – September. The river offers a wide range of adventures with over 50 exciting rapids and calm, slower stretches where you can enjoy the beautiful canyon scenery and each other’s company.

California White Water Rafting Trips, Corporate Rafting Trips

The Middle Fork of the American 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. Isolated from civilization in the Auburn State Recreation Area, this dam controlled river offers spectacular scenery, crystal clear water, great rapids, excellent fishing, and the possibility of a side hike up a picturesque creek to a waterfall.

White Water Rafting California, Nork Fork American River

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. The upper stretch of river has an average gradient drop of 50′ per mile through a steep and narrow granite canyon for spectacular whitewater and great vistas! Turns are tight and technical; Chamberlain Falls is a thrilling drop! Rafters ready for the North Fork are in good physical condition and possess prior Class III paddling experience.

American River Rafting, California White Water Rafting

Charging out of Sequoia National Park just east of Visalia lies the Kaweah River, 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”. In other words, only your adrenaline rushes faster than these waters. The upper stretch of river has an average gradient drop of 70′ per mile. The torrential whitewater, beautiful scenery, and its short 3 1/2 hour drive from Southern California convinced us to add the Kaweah trips to our offerings.

Tuolumne River Rafting, California White Water Rafting

The Tuolumne River 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 River 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. Between water control projects, the Tuolumne races through the deep granite canyons, creating some of the most exciting rapids and breath-taking scenery of the entire Sierra! This “Wild and Scenic” river section flows into the Don Pedro Reservoir below take-out at Ward’s Ferry.

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