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East Fork Carson River – 2 day overnight rafting trip

Markleville, CA /


Monday - Friday

$339 – adults (ages 14+)
$299 – kids (ages 4-13)


$339 – adults (ages 14+)
$299 – kids (ages 4-13)

Raft & Soak in Hot Springs!

This is by far a must do rafting trip for all river lovers! The 2 day East Carson River trip naturally flows for 21 miles with mellow Class 2-2+ rapids, making it family friendly! The river is free flowing usually providing us plenty of water for rafting in the Spring, sometimes even into early July!

Enjoy spectacular views while rafting class 2-2+ rapids both days! The wilderness camping gives you full advantage of the natural hot-springs (access from overnight camping area).

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

  • Amazing spring rafting experience with majestic views!
  • Great for families with young kids – ages 4+
  • Close to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area
  • Mellow rapids
  • Secluded wilderness setting
  • Inflatable Kayak rentals typically available
  • Natural Hot Springs to soak in just a short walk from the overnight camping location!

Day 1 Itinerary

We meet you at 9:30am at the Carson River Resort in Markleville, CA. We will provide you with dry bags for your overnight gear. Please remember to bring tents no larger than 10×10 or rent a camping gear package from us.
  • Trip prep and orientation @ Hangmans Bridge put-in
  • Rafting!
  • Stop for riverside lunch
  • More rafting!
  • Arrive @ camping location and assist with rafting gear / night prep
  • Camp set-up, soaking in the Hot Springs and exploration!!
  • Appetizers and drinks followed by a delicious dinner
  • Campfire hangout / more Hot Springs soaking till bedtime.

Day 2 Itinerary

Coffee & Tea available will be available early in the morning
  • Breakfast in camp
  • Pack up / clean up camp…maybe one more dip in the Hot Springs;)
  • Trip prep and orientation (yes you heard it the day before, but it doesn’t hurt to have a refresher!)
  • Rafting!
  • Stop for riverside lunch (sometimes we just head to take out for lunch, depends on what our clients prefer)
  • More rafting!
  • Take out at BLM Boat Ramp near Gardnerville, NV

Coming Soon!

Kids ages 4+ are welcome on this river trip. This is a wilderness camping trip and we recommend younger kids have camping and rafting experience prior to participating in this trip.

All participants will be camping in the wild for 3 days, 2 nights. If you are not comfortable with primitive camping please contact us for multiday trips with established camping.

Included with Rafting

  • PFD (Personal floatation device / aka life jacket)
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Professional raft guide for each raft

Included with this Overnight River Rafting Trip

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Cot
  • Dry Bag for your gear
  • 1 night camping
  • 4 meals
    • Day 1 –  lunch & dinner
    • Day 2 – breakfast & lunch

For Rafting

  • Required Items
    • Re-usable 20oz or more water bottle
    • Shoes (no flip flops)
  • Suggested Items
    • Sunglasses (with a strap)
    • Baseball hat
  • Do Not Bring
    • Cell Phones
    • Wallets
    • Expensive jewelry

For Camping

  • Linens
    • Blankets
    • Pillow
    • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Camp chair

East Fork Carson River Rafting Shuttles

We work with a local vehicle shuttle service for our East Fork Carson River and coordinate having your car transported from our put in location to our take out point. Your car is stored at the shuttle service’s secure lot during the trip and moved to our take out spot the day our trip ends. When your trip is completed, your car will be waiting for you!

Tributary coordinates the shuttle, will send a link to with documentation to fill out, and adds the fee directly to the final invoice. Fees are calculated per vehicle.


Carson River Resort
Markleeville, CA

Travel time is approximately 45 minutes South of South Lake Tahoe, 2.25 hours from Sacramento, and about 4 hours from most Bay Area Locations.

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.