Difficulty: Trips for Young Kids - Class I - II Rapids
Usual Minimum Age: 5 Years Old
Our best trip for families with young kids (usual minimum age is 5 years old). Easy Class I & II rafting on a beautiful river, and an added bonus of optional inflatable kayaking! 1-Day trip option.
Difficulty: Beginner - Intermediate - Class III+ Rapids
Usual Minimum Age: 8 Years Old
California's most popular whitewater river for families with children. There are enough Class III+ rapids to keep the entire family happy! Express, 1-Day, and 2-Day trip options.
Difficulty: Intermediate - Class III-IV Rapids
Usual Minimum Age: 12 Years Old
This river represents a more challenging option for families with older kids (usual minimum age is 12 years old). Set inside a scenic 2000 foot-deep wilderness canyon, this river contains some Class III & IV rapids. 1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day trip options.
To compare the Class III South Fork and Class III-IV Middle Fork, please visit our American River Rafting page.
Very adventurous families with older teenagers that have prior rafting experience might even want to consider one of our other Intermediate-Advanced rivers when they are available, usually during the Spring and Summer season. Please see the California river rafting trips page for the full list of rivers.