AT-A-GLANCE FACTS

Spring rafting near South Lake Tahoe!
Difficulty: Easy Beginner to Beginner
Rating: Class 2-3+
Minimum Age: 9 yrs for Class 3, 7 yrs for 1 day Class 2, 4 yrs for 2 day Class 2
Length: 7.5-21 miles, ½-2 days
Season: Late April into early July in a big year
Elevation: 4900-6000 Ft
Price: Starting at $88 [ VIEW PRICES ]
Location: Markleeville, CA – 1 hr south of South Lake Tahoe
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East Fork Carson River Rafting

AT-A-GLANCE FACTS

Spring rafting near South Lake Tahoe!
Difficulty: Easy Beginner to Beginner
Rating: Class 2-3+
Minimum Age: 9 yrs for Class 3, 7 yrs for 1 day Class 2, 4 yrs for 2 day Class 2
Length: 7.5-21 miles, ½-2 days
Season: Late April into early July in a big year
Elevation: 4900-6000 Ft
Price: Starting at $88 [ VIEW PRICES ]
Location: Markleeville, CA – 1 hr south of South Lake Tahoe
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East Fork Carson River rafting trips are close to South Lake Tahoe and flow east from the Alpine-like mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest into the high Nevada desert. Glimpses of the snow covered peaks are spectacular. This river is a great introduction to California rafting, but it lures veterans back year after year. The unique river-side hot springs are favorite stops on the 1 and 2 day raft trips. This wilderness section is swift, yet easy going; safe and fun for various levels of experience.

The more difficult, upstream 1/2 day section above Hangman’s Bridge is sometimes available. Markleeville Creek deposits a lot of water into the main river below this, so this run has a shorter season. 

East Fork Carson River rafting trips are free flowing and not dam controlled. The season varies with the snow pack and weather conditions in the spring. 

The 10 miles of the East Fork Carson River from Markleeville to the Nevada border, were added to the California Wild & Scenic Rivers System in 1988.

We meet for all of these trips in the picturesque old town of Markleeville. Rustic accommodations are available. The Grover Hot Springs State Historic Park is located just out of town. Great camping is available, as well as day use of the springs and meadow hikes. Think about enjoying the local area for a few nights before or after your trip. Alpine County is the least populated county in California, or visit South Lake Tahoe only 34 miles to the north for more recreation and sight-seeing.

Tributary Whitewater Tours operates under permit from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider.

The East Fork Carson River is free-flowing, so entirely dependent on snow melt. Check our Predictions page for the latest updates and sign up for our Newsletter

East Fork Carson River Rafting Trip Options

Hot Springs at lunch!

Difficulty: Beginner
Rating: Class 2-2+
Minimum Age: 7 years
Length: 21 miles
Time: 9:30am – 5:30/6:00pm
Price: Starting at $128

Includes lunch, Inflatable Kayaks maybe available

The East Fork Carson River is a free flowing spring and early summer trip, with spectacular views of the snowcapped peaks of the Sierra’s. Our 1 day wilderness rafting trip on the East Fork Carson River includes a stop at …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

Wilderness Camping & Hot Springs!

Difficulty: Beginner
Rating: Class 2-2+
Minimum Age: 4 years
Length: 21 miles
Time: 9:30am day 1 – 4:30/5:00pm day 2
Price: Starting at $274

Includes 4 meals, dry bags for gear, and 1 night camp. Inflatable Kayaks possible.

An overnight East Fork Carson River rafting trip is by far the best way to experience this unique free flowing river. It takes full advantage of the hot-springs, scenery and wilderness surroundings. On the first morning we meet near Hangman’s …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

Continuous Class 3 Rapids!

Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Rating: Class 3-3+
Minimum Age: 9 years
Length: 7.5 miles
Time: 9:30am – 12:30 and 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Price: Starting at $88

No meals, swimming ability required.

This East Fork Carson 1/2 day raft trip is a swift flowing Class 3, and requires that everyone has some swimming ability. Swift moving cold water with few eddies require clients being a bit adventurous than some other Class trips …[ FIND OUT MORE ]