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2016 California Rafting Season Wrap-up

The 2016 California Rafting season was amazing! Our 38th season of rafting is in the books and we enjoyed every minute of it! We got to meet so many new people and see some familiar ones as well. People got wet, stories were shared, memories were made – and everyone had fun! Huge thanks to everyone who chose to come rafting with us, as well as staff – guides, drivers, food buyers, reservations staff and our managers!

Spring River Trips

We started the season running trips on our Spring Rivers that are only available when the snow is melting. For those looking for the extreme excitement our trips on the North Yuba and North Fork American River were perfect thanks our epic El Nino winter!

Raft coming thru Class 5 Maytag Rapid on the North Yuba River!

Spring and Summer

For kids, beginners, and those not ready for Class 4, the Class 2-3+ South Fork American River trips began in the spring and continued thru the end of September! We had dam controlled flows 7 days/week perfect for rafting. Being the most popular river in California we had many families and corporate groups come join us for a 1/2, 1 or 2 day rafting trip in the heart of Gold Country.

Family rafting on the South Fork American River

All Summer Long

Families with younger kids (ages 4+) were introduced to whitewater rafting on one of our Class 2 rafting trips. These trips are perfect for young ones and timid rafters. The Lower Middle Fork American River 1/2 day trip is a great starting place set in a secluded wilderness canyon . Many opted to combine this trip with a 2nd day on the South Fork American River.

Upstream our Middle Fork American River trips were also running 7 days a week all summer! These 1-3 day trips provide the closest Class 4 rafting near Sacramento, San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

Class 4 Tunnel Chute Rapid on the Middle Fork American River

In Lake Tahoe Truckee River trips began in May and ran till just after Labor Day! Due to the drought trips ended in July 2014 and there were no trips in 2015, therefore we were very excited to get back on this high alpine river as were our clients!

Rafting thru Jalapeno Alley on the Truckee River

We traveled to the Trinity and Lower Klamath rivers with some families and youth groups. The rivers are more secluded than the American Rivers, cell reception is non-existent and the views are spectacular. These are multi-day trips where we typically take all the gear in an oar boat and spend 2-4 days out on the river.

Kids fishing on the Lower Klamath River in the morning of a 4 day river trip.

The Class 4 Upper Klamath River also ran consistently all summer long. We had several 1 and 2 day trips on this must do river with back-to-back Class 4+ challenges, drops, and boulder fields.

Upper Klamath River Whitewater Rafting

Looking Ahead

We are taking reservations for 2017 rafting trips meanwhile doing our snow/rain dances in anticipation of a wet winter! Seems to be working so far!