This is by far a must do rafting trip for all river lovers! The 2 day East Carson River trip naturally flows for 21 miles with mellow Class 2-2+ rapids, making it family friendly! This outdoor rafting and wilderness camping adventure takes full advantage of the natural hot-springs (aceess from overnight camping area), scenery and wilderness surroundings.

Tributary Whitewater Tours/RaftCalifornia.com operates under permit from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider.

East Fork Carson River | 2-Day Wilderness Trip

Trip Highlights

  • Amazing spring rafting experience with majestic views!
  • Great for families with young kids – ages 4+
  • Close to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area
  • Mellow rapids
  • Secluded wilderness setting
  • Inflatable Kayak rentals typically available
  • Natural Hot Springs to soak in just a short walk from the overnight camping location!



$339 – adult
$309 – youth (4-17) / senior (62+)

All prices are subject to an 8% state/county river access fee.

Discounts available for groups of 6 or more.

Departure Times

9:30 AM

River Rating

Class II-II+ (Beginner)
21 Miles long!


Day 1 Itinerary

9:30am  Meet at Carson River Resort in Markleville, CA
10:00am – 10:30am Trip prep and orientation @ Hangmans Bridge put-in
10:30am – 1:00pm Rafting!
1:00pm – 1:45pm Stop for riverside lunch
1:45pm – 3:30pm More rafting!
3:15pm Arrive @ camping location and assist with rafting gear / night prep
3:15pm – 5:00pm Camp set-up, soaking in the Hot Springs and exploration!!
5:00pm – 6:00pm Appetizers served
6:00pm -7:00pm Dinner time!
7:00pm Campfire hangout / more Hot Springs soaking till bedtime.
Day 2 Itinerary
7:30am Coffee & Tea available
8:00am -9:00am Breakfast in camp
9:00am – 9:30am Pack up / clean up camp…maybe one more dip in the Hot Springs;)
9:30am Trip prep and orientation (yes you heard it the day before, but it doesn’t hurt to have a refresher!)
9:30am – 12:00pm Rafting!
12:00pm – 1:00pm Stop for riverside lunch (sometimes we just head to take out for lunch, depends on what our clients prefer)
1:00pm – 3:30pm More rafting!
3:30pm Take out at BLM Boat Ramp near Gardnerville, NV (We typically use a local shuttle service to store our guests vehicles for the overnight East Carson river rafting trip – so they also return them to the take-out for swift return home). There may be an additional fee of $75+ per vehicle for this service. 
Please note times are an approximation and we may end up running ahead of, or behind schedule…we like to call it “river time”!



Meeting Location: Carson River Resort, Markleeville, CA

Travel time is approximately 45 minutes South of South Lake Tahoe, 2.25 hours from Sacramento, and about 4 hours from most Bay Area Locations.

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East Fork Carson River Rafting Photos

East Carson River Rafting – Local Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts

All accommodations located in Markleeville, CA 96120 unless otherwise stated.


  • Carson River Resort – 2.5 miles S. of Markleeville. Cabins with showers/baths, kitchenettes. RV hookups and tent sites. Our usual meeting location for our trips. (877) 694-2229, (530) 694-2229.
  • Woodfords Inn – At junction of Hwy. 89/88 in Woodfords. (855) 694-2111, (530) 694-2111
  • Creekside Lodge 14820 California 89. Newly renovated, 12 rooms. Cable TV & phones. (530) 694-2411, (866) 802-7335.
  • Sorensen’s – 14255 Hwy. 88, Hope Valley, CA 96120. Located west of Hwy. 89/88 junction in Woodfords, 10 miles from meeting location. Cafe, sauna. 29 varied cabins, bathrooms, some kitchens & wood stoves. (530) 694-2203 or (800) 423-9949.
  • Alpine County Chamber of Commerce Lodging Category
  • South Lake Tahoe Lodging Options – about 50 minutes away

With over 25 years of running the highest quality rafting trips and river tours, Raft California invites you to join us on one of our spectacular rafting adventures!

We have whitewater rafting trips on over 12 rivers in Northern California, Oregon, and into Nevada! Rivers include the South Fork American, Middle Fork American, North Fork American, North Yuba, Truckee, Tuolumne, Kaweah and more!.

Raft California
6500 State Highway 49
Lotus, CA 95651-9764
(530) 626-7385