The Class II-III+ Truckee River rafting trips are guided whitewater trips, NOT to be confused with the raft rentals out of Tahoe City. Trips are suitable for first timers, non-swimmers and kids ages 7+. The trip lasts about 3 hours and we offer 2 meeting times at 9:15am and 1:30pm. We meet our clients east of downtown Truckee. This is a guided whitewater adventure and not the self guided float out of Tahoe City!

Truckee River | 1/2-Day Boca Run

Trip Highlights

  • Closest white water rafting to Lake Tahoe and Reno
  • Great for families, groups, and first timers
  • All summer long! From Mid-May thru the end of September
  • Exciting rapids
  • Convenient meeting location in Truckee, California


$79 – adult
$74 – youth (7-16)
$74 – senior (62+)


Price is subject to an 8% state/county river access fee.
Group discounts for groups of 6+.

Departure Times

9:15 AM and 1:30 PM

River Rating

Class II-III+ (Beginner-Intermediate)
7 Miles long!


Before embarking on your Truckee River rafting trip, personal flotation devices, paddles & helmets are provided and a safety talk is given. Each whitewater raft contains a professional river guide who will call out commands and help steer. Paddling skills are explained and practiced before the rafts head downstream on this 7 mile river trip.


Soon after the confluence of the Little Truckee and the main Truckee River, class 2 boulder gardens start and there is a scenic swimming area. The Truckee River enters a volcanic canyon, of craggy eroded cliffs formed by ancient lava flows from Mt. Pluto. There are fun Class 2-2+ rapids, like Wake Up (AKA Menace Rapid), Airplane Turn and Railroad Rapid (AKA lower & upper Rock Garden).


Just before the last mile, the river enters the Floriston Gorge. The Class 2+ Kabob rapid is followed by a couple of Class 2 drops which lead into the Class 3+ “Jaws”. Just around the corner the river drops into a long boulder garden called Pinball Machine. This is followed by the Class 3+ Bronco Ledge and lower Bronco.


At the take-out in Floriston we serve refreshments. The guides load the equipment and we shuttle you back to the meeting location.


Truckee River RV Park – 10068 Hirschdale Rd, Truckee, CA 96161


Travel time is approximately 1.5 hours from South Lake Tahoe, 30 minutes from Reno and 10 minutes from Truckee.


From Downtown Truckee:

  • Take I-80 E for approximately 8 miles
  • Take exit 194 for Hirschdale Rd
  • Turn into the Truckee River RV park, enter the 2nd driveway after getting off the freeway

From South Lake Tahoe:

  • Head north on US-50 E for about 15 miles (This takes you around the east side of Lake Tahoe which is the best way to go)
  • Turn left onto NV-28 S, follow that to Kings Beach
  • Turn right onto CA-267 W/N Shore Blvd (in Kings Beach), continue for 11.6 miles
  • Turn right to merge onto I-80 E toward Reno
  • Follow I-80 E for 5.1 miles
  • Take exit 194 for Hirschdale Rd
  • Turn into the Truckee River RV park, enter the 2nd driveway after getting off the freeway

From Reno:

  • Take I-80 W towards Sacramento for 24 miles
  • Take exit 194 for Hirschdale Rd
  • Turn right onto Hirschdale Rd
  • Truckee River RV park is the first property on the right after you cross back under the freeway, enter the 2nd driveway

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Adventure Connection
6500 State Highway 49
Lotus, CA 95651-9764
(530) 626-7385