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California River Rafting

We offer 1, 2, 3 and 4-Day white water rafting trip options on the following California rivers:


Most popular California rafting trips

American River Rafting

Raft the South Fork or the Middle Fork of the American for a classic California whitewater experience.

Yosemite Whitewater Rafting

Fit in a rafting trip on the Merced, Tuolumne or Cherry Creek while visiting Yosemite National Park.


Select Your California River Rafting Trip

Trips for Young Kids

Tom Sawyer Float Trip
(South Fork Easy Section)

Special itinerary for families with children too young for the Beginner-Intermediate trip.

  • Typical Season: June - October*
  • Trip Options: 1-Day
  • Meet Place: Lotus, CA
  • Specialty Trip for Children 5-7 Years Old
 
Beginner-Intermediate

South Fork American River

California's most popular whitewater rafting river.

  • Typical Season: April - October; Express trips: all year*
  • Trip Options: Express, 1-Day, 2-Day
  • Meet Place: Lotus, CA
  • Usual Minimum Age: 8
 
Intermediate

Middle Fork American River

Experienced rafters or adventurous first timers.

  • Typical Season: April - September*
  • Trip Options: 1-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day
  • Meet Place: Foresthill, CA
  • Usual Minimum Age: 12
 
Intermediate

Merced River

Fast roller coaster ride for the adventurous rafter.

  • Typical Season: April - mid-July*
  • Trip Options: 1-Day
  • Meet Place: Midpines, CA
  • Usual Minimum Age: 12
 
Intermediate-Advanced

Tuolumne River

A wilderness adventure with thrilling rapids.

  • Typical Season: April - September*
  • Trip Options: 1-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day
  • Meet Place: Groveland, CA
  • Usual Minimum Age: Summer 13; Spring 15
 

Intermediate-Advanced

North Fork Stanislaus River

Amazing scenery & challenge for experienced rafters.

  • Typical Season: April - May*
  • Trip Options: 1-Day
  • Meet Place: Arnold, CA
  • Usual Minimum Age: 15
 
Intermediate-Advanced

Kaweah River

Non-stop action for experienced rafters.

  • Typical Season: April - June*
  • Trip Options: 1-Day
  • Meet Place: Three Rivers, CA
  • Usual Minimum Age: 15
 



Intermediate-Advanced

North Fork American River

Narrow canyon with big rapids for experienced rafters.

  • Typical Season: April - May*
  • Trip Options: 1-Day
  • Meet Place: Lotus, CA
  • Usual Minimum Age: 15
 


Intermediate-Advanced

Goodwin Canyon / Stanislaus River

Scenic volcanic canyon, fun rapids, two Class IV's.

  • Typical Season: April - May & 2 weeks in September or October*
  • Trip Options: 1-Day
  • Meet Place: Knights Ferry, CA
  • Usual Minimum Age: 15

Advanced

California Salmon River

Steep drops, powerful holes, for experienced rafters.

  • Typical Season: April - June*
  • Trip Options: 1-Day
  • Meet Place: Somes Bar, CA
  • Usual Minimum Age: 15
 

Advanced

Cherry Creek (Upper Tuolumne)

The most challenging whitewater trip in the U.S.

  • Typical Season: July - September*
  • Trip Options: 1-Day
  • Meet Place: Groveland, CA
  • Usual Minimum Age: 17
 
Advanced

Tuolumne / Cherry Creek Combo Trips

Two of California's finest rivers... one incredible trip

  • Typical Season: July - September*
  • Trip Options: 2-Day, 3-Day, 4-Day
  • Meet Place: Groveland, CA
  • Usual Minimum Age: 17
 

* Season length may vary depending on snowpack and weather. See this year's flow predictions.

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