North Yuba River Rafting | Class IV And V California Spring White Water Rafting

Spring whitewater rafting on the epic North Yuba river – 1 to 3 day trips!


The free-flowing North Yuba River is a unique rafting experience for the adventurous first timer or return rafter! Accessible from San Francisco, Sacramento and Lake Tahoe this unique river trip is located on the historic Highway 49. The nearby mining towns of Downieville and Sierra City offers restaurants, lodging and camping options, saloons and historic landmarks. There are only 3 outfitters permitted on this river making it much less crowded than the American River closeby. Participants on North Yuba River rafting trips must swim, be in good physical condition, and at certain flows may need to have prior Class IV paddling experience. Wetsuits are usually required for this run. Our min. age for kids is 14 at typical flows, this varies with ability and flows, and we do suggest prior rafting for youths.

Raft California/Tributary Whitewater Tours operates under permit from the Tahoe National Forest Yuba River Ranger District and is an equal opportunity service provider.

Our 1 day trips are typically suitable for adventurous first-timers, although higher flows may require previous experience. We meet at our private camp off Highway 49. Due to the free flowing nature of this river (ie: no dam controlling the water) we will determine which run we raft on for safety reasons. Possible runs include the popular Maytag Run (aka: Goodyear’s Bar), Moss Canyon, Rossosco Ravine, or Bullards Bar.
The best way to experience Yuba River rafting! Spend 2 amazing days rafting on  challenging Class IV and V rapids.  Several runs await you like Bullards Bar, Rossosco, Goodyears Bar – featuring the infamous Maytag Rapid, and Moss Canyon – 3 continuous Class V drops! These are only available in the spring and depend on snowpack/melt, but sometimes last until July in a good year! Trips meet at our private camp in Tahoe National Forest and include 4 delicious meals.
  • 3 days of Yuba River rafting and camping!
  • Class 4-5 white water action!
  • Possible runs include the popular Maytag Run (aka: Goodyear’s Bar), Moss Canyon, Rossosco Ravine, or Bullards Bar.
The chance to combine 2 amazing Class 4/5 spring trips! Raft the sought after North Yuba River day 1 with private camping in Tahoe National Forest. Than travel to the North Fork run for a springtime extravaganza!

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