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Whitewater Rafting Trips near Orange County, CA

Whitewater River Rafting trips in California Gold Country

Within a 3.5 - 8 hour drive from Orange County are 9 of California's best whitewater rafting rivers. Disneyland is great—but why not experience nature's own roller-coaster, whitewater rafting, too! Experience places like:

  • The Kaweah River near Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park is about a 3.5-hour drive from the LA area.
  • Farther north, near Yosemite National Park, raft the designated Wild and Scenic Merced & Tuolumne Rivers, or test your advanced paddling skills on
    Class V Cherry Creek (Upper Tuolumne).
  • Just outside Sacramento, the South Fork American River is the most popular whitewater river in California. Class III rapids are fun for the whole family and first-time rafters.
  • The Middle Fork American River flows through a 2000-foot deep wilderness canyon with lots of
    Class IV (Intermediate) rafting and striking scenery.

See a map showing all 10 of our California Rivers with more information about each.