california rafting trips & vacations

South Fork American 1/2 Day PM Gorge Run

Middle Fork American – Run the Famed “Tunnel Chute”

50% Off Kids on Weekdays

East Fork Carson River

Markleeville, CA – 1 hr south of South Lake Tahoe /

Level: Easy Beginner /

Class 2-2+

Spring rafting near South Lake Tahoe!

East Fork Carson River rafting trips are close to South Lake Tahoe and flow east from the Alpine-like mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest into the high Nevada desert. Glimpses of the snow covered peaks are spectacular. This river is a great introduction to California rafting, but it lures veterans back year after year. The unique river-side hot springs are a rare experience. This wilderness section is swift, yet easy going; safe and fun for various levels of experience.

East Fork Carson River rafting trips are free flowing and not dam controlled. The season varies with the snow pack and weather conditions in the spring.

The 10 miles of the East Fork Carson River from Markleeville to the Nevada border, were added to the California Wild & Scenic Rivers System in 1988.

We meet for all of these trips in the picturesque old town of Markleeville. Rustic accommodations are available. The Grover Hot Springs State Historic Park is located just out of town. Great camping is available, as well as day use of the springs and meadow hikes. Think about enjoying the local area for a few nights before or after your trip. Alpine County is the least populated county in California, or visit South Lake Tahoe only 34 miles to the north for more recreation and sight-seeing.

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

East Fork Carson River – 2 day overnight rafting trip

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Trip Info

Where should I stay the night before my trip in Markleeville?

Stay at the Carson River Resort in Markleeville. These are the perfect studios for families, couples and groups. This is also the meeting location for your Carson River overnight white water rafting trip. If you stay at the resort, parking while on the river is included, a $25/vehicle savings!

Meeting Location

Carson River Resort, 12399 State Highway 89, Markleeville, CA 96120

Location is 3 miles S. of Markleeville