Family Rafting Specials

White Water Rafting Family Adventure Vacations on the American River and other California Rivers 

Why join us for a Family Rafting Special Trip?

  • We are one of the few outfitters who offer Family Rafting Vacations for kids under 8 years. Due to our extensive permits, we can provide some wonderful trips for kids as young as 4-6 years!
  • Family rafting vacations are a great adventure for the whole family – bring the grandparents!
  • Create memories that will last a lifetime!
  • Parents get to relax while kids play in camp and our guides prepare all your meals.
  • Our guides are the best in the industry and some have kids of their own!
  • Great for all types of families
  • “Better than Disneyland!” – said a 9 year old on her first river trip with Tributary
  • Offering some of the best family rafting discounts in the industry
  • Children & teens raft for 20-50% off adult price. One youth at discounted price for each full paying adult. $20 off adult rate for additional kids or seniors. 

Come join us on one of our family rafting vacations for 2-4 days. These California river trips offer a safe and fun way to create wonderful family memories. You do not have to be a serious camper to appreciate an overnight river rafting trip. On most trips, we utilize developed campsites with hot showers, flush toilets and many are close to civilization. However, we have wilderness trips for families seeking more outdoor adventure. We rent camping equipment if you do not have or are unable to bring your own.

If you are not looking for an extended river vacation, we do offer many California rafting trips for just a ½ or 1 day. See our Rafting with Children information for our recommendations depending on the youths ages. On our regular California rafting trips, youths 4-16 get $5-$20 off (and so do seniors 62 and over). We also offer other Discounts for groups starting with 6 or more.


South Fork American River – Class 3 Family Rafting Specials:

Rafting on the South Fork American River is exciting and lots of fun, with many memorable rapids. It’s one of the most popular and reliable California Rafting trips. Suitable for adventurous youths from 7-8 years of age. Riverside private camp, hot showers, games.  Located in the Gold Country between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. 
2 DAY CLASS 3 RAFTING TRIPS: Adult $279, Youths $139.50 ea (50% off)
Departures: Every Monday & Thursday


Lower Middle / South Fork American River – Combos Class 2 and Class 2/3 Family Rafting Specials:

This easier Class 2 American River rafting Combo rafting trip is usually suitable for those with younger children (4-7 yrs). This trip can also be run as a Class 2/3 American River Rafting Combo to allow older kids to experience Class 3 rapids on the 2nd day. The family would raft together until after lunch on day 2 and then the older kids and some adults raft the 9 miles of Class 3 on the Gorge.

2 DAY CLASS 2 RAFTING TRIPS: Adult $219, Youth $109.50 (50% off)
Departures: Every Monday & Thursday
2 DAY CLASS 2/3 RAFTING TRIPS: Adult $249, Youth $124.50 (50% off)
Departures: Every Monday & Thursday

Lower Klamath River – Class 3 Family Rafting Specials:

Lower Klamath River rafting trips offer a wonderful, semi-wilderness experience in NW. California. The Lower Klamath River has fewer Class 3 rapids than the South Fork American River, so very suitable for younger or more timid children. Great wildlife (otters, blue herons, deer, eagles & hawks etc.). Rustic camping on the river’s edge. Inflatable kayaks can be available for the more adventurous child or adult to share. One of the few California Rivers where continuous trips of of 2, 3 and 4 days can be scheduled for real family rafting vacations.
2 DAY RAFTING TRIPS: Adult $379, Youth $303.20 (20% off)
3 DAY RAFTING TRIPS: Adult $469, Youth $375.20 (20% off)
4 DAY RAFTING TRIPS: Adult $569, Youth $455.20 (20% off)
2019 Departures: Every Monday & Thursday


East Fork Carson River – Class 2 Family Rafting Specials:

This season, this is absolutely the best possible 2 day trip you can take during June with kids of any age. The big snow pack that is impacting many runs making them too difficult for kids, is a plus for this river which thrives on that melting white stuff! The East Carson River is a spring or early summer wilderness raft trip, where we carry all our overnight equipment down the river as there is no road access. Its a mellow river suited to younger rafters; but the riverside hot-springs, panoramic views of snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada and clean mountain air appeal to young and old alike. Great fishing. Located just south of Lake Tahoe. Trip availability depends on the snow pack so varies each year.
2 DAY RAFTING TRIPS,  Adult $339, Youth $271.20 (20% off)
2019 Departures: Every Monday & Thursday

Lower Middle / Lower North Fork American River – Combo Class 2-2+ Family Rafting Specials:

This easier Class 2-2+ American River rafting Combo rafting trip is suitable for those with younger children (6-7 yrs). This season this is a great alternative as the 2 day South Fork American River trips are subject to high water and an increased minimum age. This trip includes 2 wonderful scenic, semi-wilderness sections of river within the Auburn State Recreation Area. Includes 3 meals & 1 nights camping, with additional nights available.

2 DAY RAFTING TRIP: Adult $249, Youth $124.50 (50% off)
Departures: As a substitute for the Lower Middle / South Fork combo in the event the South Fork American is too high for young kids. 

Family Camping – Exclusive Trips: Please note that on our Family Rafting Vacations, the raft trip and certain camping areas on the selected dates are exclusively reserved for family groups, so unlike some outfitters that offer discounted family trips on general dates, we can avoid most conflicts with adult groups sharing the rafts or camp location with your family group.

California Family Rafting Special Restrictions:

  • Max. of 1 youth @ special discount with each full paying adult
  • Youth rate above is discounted rate and applies to above listed trips/dates only.
  • All trips subject to availability.
  • No other discounts apply, though extra participants are eligible for usual youth, group and senior discounts.
  • A 8% Government river use fee is added to the invoice on all Family Special rafting trips.
  • Call our office for the availability of other dates. Additional rafting trips may be added on other days/date, so call if you want something different.