Why Choose All-Outdoors California Whitewater RaftingCalifornia River Rafting Comparison Chart

Sometimes it helps to see the full picture before you make a selection as to which California river you are going to enjoy next. This chart has been assembled to give an overview of all 10 rivers for the purpose of comparison and selection. We hope it helps! Of course, feel free to contact us if we can be of any assistance.

River
Level of
Difficulty
No of
Days
River Miles
Pricing
Usual
Min
Age
Avg. Rafting
Season
Scenery &
Solitude
Wetsuits
Driving Miles From
SF
SAC
LA
EASY BEGINNER CLASS I-II
Tom Sawyer Float Trips on the South Fork
Gentle, easy rapids for young families — plus optional kayaking.

I & II
1
5
$139
5
June - Oct
Good
Typically not needed
130
40
425
BEGINNER - INTERMEDIATE CLASS III
South Fork American
Most popular whitewater river in California

III
1,2
9, 12, 21
$108-$359
8
Year Round
Good
Oct -
mid-May
130
40
425
INTERMEDIATE CLASS III-IV
Middle Fork American
Scenic 2000' deep wilderness canyon and
a taste of Class IV rafting

III-IV
1,2,3
16,28
$149-$524
12
April - Sept
Excellent
April -
mid-May
140
50
435
Merced
Excellent Introduction to Class IV whitewater, near Yosemite

III-IV
1
16
$159-$189
12
April -
mid-July
Good
April -
mid-June
180
150
310
INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED CLASS IV+
Tuolumne
National Wild & Scenic River, one of California 's best multi-day trip

IV+
1,2,3
18
$269-$654
15/13
April -
Sept
Excellent
April -
June
140
115
370
North Fork Stanislaus
Beautiful high alpine setting and lots of whitewater action.

IV+
1
5
$174-$194
15
April - May
Excellent
April -
May
160
125
410
Kaweah River
One Rapid after another just outside Sequoia National Park.

IV+
1
9
$174-$194
15
April - June
Good
April-
mid June
260
240
210
North Fork American
Big challenging drops through a scenic narrow rock gorge.

IV+
1
9
$174-$194
15
April - May
Excellent
April -
May
150
55
420
Goodwin Canyon
Scenic volcanic canyon, fun rapids, two Class IV's.

IV+
1
4
$189
15
2 weeks in October
Good
Always
110
90
350
ADVANCED CLASS V
California Salmon
Steep rock walled gorge in a temperate rainforest with difficult whitewater.

V
1
12
$269
15
April -
mid-June
Excellent
Always
395
320
680
Cherry Creek
Considered the most difficult commercial raft trip in the U.S.

V+
1
9
$335
17
July - Aug
Excellent
Always
140
115
370
Tuolumne / Cherry Creek Combos
Two of California's finest rivers... one incredible trip

V+
2-4
27
$574-$959
17
July - Aug
Excellent
Always
140
115
370