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Truckee River

Truckee, CA /

Level: Beginner to Intermediate /

Class 2-3+

Closest rafting near Lake Tahoe!

Half-day Class II-III Rafting Trips on the Truckee River

Fun, family friendly river rafting in North Lake Tahoe. Truckee River rafting trips are suitable for non-swimmers and kids.


Truckee River - 1/2 Day Rafting Trip

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Trip Info

Rafting the Truckee River

The Boca and Verdi sections of the Truckee River heads east from Truckee towards Reno. The river travels from the higher elevation pine forests and flows into the High Sierra desert, with cottonwoods lining the banks.

Truckee River rafting trips are often available when the raft rentals (in Tahoe City) are closed (due to high or low water coming ONLY out of Lake Tahoe). Several reservoirs and lakes (Boca, Donner and Stampede) supply the summer water on these sections of river, not just Lake Tahoe. Be sure to call us if in doubt, as unfortunately some seasonal hotel workers are not always so well informed.

RESERVATIONS ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED on this popular trip, so please book well in advance. During peak season and particularly around July 4th, the afternoon trips can fill up weeks in advance. Space is limited.

Reserve well in advance for and Holidays and Saturday afternoon trips – don’t miss out !

This is NOT the raft rentals out of Tahoe City, which is often not open when we ARE running.


Where does the Truckee River end

The Truckee River ends at the Floriston take out for commercially guided white water rafting trips.

There are also some sections of Truckee River suitable for self guided floats at certain times in the summer.

How to float the Truckee River

The best way to float on the Truckee River is with a guided white water rafting professional outfitter. The section from Boca reservoir to Floriston features many technical rock gardens and large Class III rapids towards the end of the run.

There are also some sections of Truckee River suitable for self guided floats at certain times in the summer.

Meeting Location

Truckee River RV Park
10068 Hirschdale Rd
Truckee, CA 96161

There are always roadworks in the Reno and Tahoe area throughout the summer, so PLEASE allow extra time. We suggest coming into the Truckee area for breakfast or lunch so you are in the area ahead of time. The meeting location has an onsite deli open for breakfast, lunch and dinner!


Truckee Trips end August 1st

Don't worry, We're not gonna do what everyboy thinks we're gonna do and freak out man... All we wanna know is, who's coming with us... to the American river that is.