Truckee River - 1/2 Day Rafting Trip

Truckee, CA /


  • $89 – adult
  • $79 – youth (7-17)
  • $89 – adult
  • $79 – youth (7-17)
Closest Rafting near Lake Tahoe!

Our Truckee River rafting trips are a guided whitewater trip featuring Class 2-3+ rapids suitable for ages 7+ and non swimmers. In peak season we run 2 trips a day, 1 in the morning and another in the afternoon. Trips usually start mid-May and run thru the 3rd week of September. The Truckee River Rafting trips on the Boca to Floriston run offer peak summer rafting with guaranteed flows! This is a must do for visiting Lake Tahoe. Trips do fill within 2-3 weeks so be sure to book well in advance.

We meet at the Truckee River RV Park, located off I-80 in North Lake Tahoe. It is an easy day trip from Reno, Carson City and many Lake Tahoe Locations including Incline Village, Kings Beach & South Lake Tahoe,

After meeting your guide and getting some basic paddling instructions. The trip will start with several fun Class 2-2+ rapids as you meander thru the High Sierra desert, with cottonwoods lining the banks. Several miles downstream you will encounter a series of Class 3+ rapids including Jaws & Bronco! Professional photographers are typically located at these big rapids to capture your images as you come thru! These are available for purchase/view online after your trip.

Raft capacity is 5-6 depending on flow. If you have a group of 6-8 you really don’t want to split, then consider a drive to the South Fork American Class 2 and 2-3+ options in Lotus, CA (8 max per raft). Our min. age is a strict 7 years and up, for kids as young as 4 years old we also offer Class 2 options on the American River out of Auburn on the Lower Middle Fork American River, and the South Fork in Lotus as well.

This is NOT the raft rentals out of Tahoe City, which is a mellower self guided float trip. We often hear that people were told there was no Truckee River rafting. We are often running trips even when the raft rentals are shut down. Contact us with any questions!

  • 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
  • Boca run and Verdi run (section will depend on flows
  • Unique scenery of volcanic canyon, craggy eroded cliffs formed by ancient lava flows from Mt. Pluto.
  • Arrive at the Truckee River RV Park
  • Meet and greet your guides and load the shuttle for a quick ride to the put in
  • At put in you will be outfitted with PFD, helmet and paddle, and a safety talk will be given before you get on the river
  • Rafting!
  • Class 2-2+ rapids like Wake Up (AKA Menace Rapid), Airplane Turn and Railroad Rapid (AKA Lower & Upper Rock Garden)
  • Last mile drops into the Floriston Gorge starting with the Class 3+ Jaws rapid. 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 take out the guides load the equipment and we shuttle you back to the meeting location!


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.

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.