North Yuba River 1-Day Rafting Trips

Class 4 and Class 5 White Water Rafting 

Our North Yuba River Rafting trips are a rare treat for white water rafters! The river is free flowing and trips are typically available from March thru May. The season is dependent upon snowmelt and sometimes does run into June and July! 

There are several Class 4 and 5 runs on the North Yuba River including the Maytag Run / Goodyears Bar Run, Moss Canyon and Rossosco Ravine, and the Bullards Bar Run. The Maytag run is our most popular trip, although the trip will depend on client abilities, flows and weather. 

North Fork Yuba | 1-Day

Trip Highlights

  • Exciting Whitewater: a great step up for experienced paddlers in good physical condition
  • Best technical whitewater in California, ready to thrill you with its challenges
  • An early spring-time whitewater adventure: a great transition into summer rafting fun
  • Class IV and V rapids
  • Exciting wildlife and spectacular views
  • Uncrowded as there are only 3 commercial permits
  • A delightful riverside lunch as we relax and enjoy the wilderness


$149 – adult
$139 – youth (14-16) & senior (62+)


Saturday & Sunday
$169- adult
$159 – youth (14-16) & senior (62+)


All prices are subject to an 8% state/county river access fee.
Group discounts available for groups of at least 6 rafters.

Departure Times

9:30 AM the morning of your trip

River Rating

Class IV-V (Intermediate To Advanced)
9-14 Miles of Rafting!


Get ready for a great day on the river!  The shuttle departs from our private camp to the Goodyears Bar put-in a few miles up-stream. En route your guides will present orientation and safety information. At put-in you will receive your river gear including a paddle, a helmet, a PFD and a wetsuit. We will launch our boats, practice paddling skills with our guides and head for the whitewater excitement.

There are several runs on the Yuba River like the Maytag run (Goodyears Bar Run), Moss Canyon, Rossoco Ravine, and Bullards Bar. For safety reasons the daily flows will dictate which one we raft on.

Our shuttle vehicle will greet us at take-out with beverages for the very short ride back to your car.

You’ll head for home happy, relaxed and full of memories from a great river trip experience! Or set-up camp for the night at our private camp!


There is no actual address for this location. If you want to get a close destination, use Indian Valley Rd, Camptonville, CA. Our meeting location/camp is just past the gate for the Indian Valley Campground on Indian Valley Road.

Cell reception is not reliable in this area! Please print your map/directions before departing for your trip!

Travel time is approximately 2 hours north/east of Sacramento, about 2 hours from Reno, NV.


From Sacramento:

  • From I80 in Auburn, take Hwy 49 exit to Grass Valley/Nevada City.
  • In Nevada City take LEFT hand turn to take Hwy 49 for approx. 30+ miles.
  • After crossing the bridge over the N. Yuba, continue approx. 1.5 miles
  • Turn right onto Indian Valley Rd – sign posted to the Indian Valley Campground.

From North Lake Tahoe/Reno:

  • Take Hwy 89 NW from Truckee to Hwy 49 junction in Sierraville (25 miles).
  • Take Hwy 49 west through Downieville (30 miles) and continue approx. 10 miles.
  • Take left hand turn just after Rocky Rest campground, onto Indian Valley Road.


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This is our most popular American River rafting trip, and for good reason! South Fork American River rafting leads to a day of excitement, fun, and relaxation in a beautiful river canyon with lunch along the riverbank. Great for group outings and perfect for a California white water rafting family trip!

Experience 2 luxurious days of California white water rafting and camping, delicious wine and relaxation all in a stunning river canyon. This unique trip features 1-day of Wine tasting, 11 miles of rafting, 1 night of camping, and amazing company. Enjoy 4 great meals prepared by your guides and other camping activities!

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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