Whitewater Rafting Near Reno

Dive into the heart of adventure with Tributary Whitewater Tours. Our white water rafting Reno trips offer a blend of thrilling rapids and scenic tranquility, perfect for every adventurer. From the Truckee River’s Class III rapids to the gentle flows of the East Fork Carson River and to the spicy Class IV rapids of the North Yuba River, we cater to all skill levels against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevada.

Why Raft with Us?

  • Varied Rapids: Enjoy everything from exhilarating challenges to peaceful floats.
  • Stunning Scenery: The unique beauty of Tahoe and Reno’s landscapes awaits.
  • Accessible Adventures: Easy access from Reno and Lake Tahoe.

Your Adventure, Our Expertise

  • Skilled Guides: Benefit from our experienced and passionate team.
  • Safety First: We prioritize your safety with top-quality equipment.
  • Memorable Moments: Perfect for families, teams, or solo thrill-seekers.

Book Now for Unforgettable Memories

Ready for Tahoe river rafting a swift journey down Reno’s waterways? Contact Tributary Whitewater Tours to reserve your spot. Whether it’s your first paddle or you’re a seasoned rafter, we promise an unmatched experience on the water.


Dates: April
- October

The Truckee River is located in the western United States originating in California and crossing into Nevada. It flows approximately 121 miles from Lake Tahoe through the Sierra Nevada mountains and into Pyramid Lake in Nevada.

Our guided Truckee River whitewater rafting trips leave from Truckee which is north of Tahoe City by 20 miles. Travel time is approximately 1.5 hours from South Lake Tahoe, 30 minutes from Reno and 10 minutes from Truckee.

  • Truckee River rafting trips are available all summer from mid-May to end of September
  • Perfect summertime activity for families ages 7+ while visiting Lake Tahoe
  • We white water raft two different sections depending on river flows – Boca run and Verdi run
  • Unique Tahoe scenery with a volcanic canyon and craggy cliffs
  • Note that our our guided rafting trips run even when the Tahoe City raft rentals do not


Dates: April
- May

The North Yuba River travels through the scenic Tahoe National Forest, and is fed by the snow-melt from the majestic 8000+ peaks of the Sierra Buttes. It is located at the north end of the fabled Mother Lode highway (Hwy 49). The nearby mining towns of Downieville and Sierra City provide rustic charm and great history. There is plentiful camping, a good selection of restaurants, cozy cabins & motels, saloons and historic landmarks.

  • Challenging Class IV & V rapids
  • An early spring-time whitewater adventure: not always available
  • Best technical whitewater in California, ready to thrill you with its challenges
  • Exciting wildlife and spectacular views
  • Uncrowded as there are only 3 commercial permits
  • Several rafting options depending on flows

RIVER RAFTING ON THE East Fork Carson River

Dates: April
- May

The East Fork Carson River is located in the eastern part of California, primarily in Alpine County only 35 miles away from Lake Tahoe. The river flows through the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and its headwaters are in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. The East Fork Carson River is a tributary of the Carson River, and it eventually joins the main stem of the Carson River.

We meet for all of these trips in the picturesque old town of Markleeville.

  • Soak in natural hot springs along the river
  • Free flowing river, not dam controlled, and only available in the spring (Rafting this river section is based on water height not available every year)
  • Close to Lake Tahoe, a perfect experience to add to your Tahoe vacation
  • High elevation river located in the northern end of the Eastern Sierras
  • Beautiful side hike from camp
  • Fantastic fishing including Lahontan cutthroat trout
  • We are one of two companies that have a permit to raft the East Fork Carson

RIVER RAFTING ON THE Middle Fork American River

Dates: June
- September

The Middle Fork is one of the main tributaries of the American River located in Northern California.  The proximity of the American River to Sacramento and San Francisco makes the Middle Fork American River accessible for day trips or weekend getaways.

Middle Fork American River rafting trips are fed all summer long by snow melt captured in upstream reservoirs.

  • Fast paced, fun and challenging Class IV rapids – experience Middle Fork American River rafting
  • Renowned “Tunnel Chute,” a man-made marvel from the Gold Rush Era with a 90-foot rock tunnel and a 6-foot drop
  • Ability to camp at our private campground right on the river
  • Raft the Wild & Scenic River section
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