2 Day Rafting Trip
Raft, Camp & Soak in Hot Springs

Prices Starting At

$339 Adults (14+)
$299 Kids


White Water Rafting + Hot Springs Near Lake Tahoe

Spring rafting near Lake Tahoe with natural hot springs on the river!

Our 2 day East Fork Carson River rafting trip flows for 21 miles with mellow Class II+ rapids making it a perfect multi-day trip for groups, friends and young families starting at ages 4+. We camp at a large gravel bar allowing plenty of room to spread out and enjoy soaking in the Carson River hot springs throughout the evening. There is a great hike right from our camp spot allowing fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This spring rafting trip is free flowing usually providing us plenty of water for rafting in the Spring. Note that this river doesn’t run every year (due to water levels) so be sure to grab a spot when it is available.

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


  • Soak in natural East Carson River hot springs along the river
  • Class II waters, prefect for young families, ages starting at 4+
  • 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 Map

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 Itinerary

We meet you at 9:30am at the Carson River Resort in Markleville, CA. We will provide you with dry bags for your overnight gear.
  • Trip prep and orientation @ Hangmans Bridge put-in
  • Rafting!
  • Stop for riverside lunch
  • More rafting!
  • Arrive @ camping location and assist with rafting gear / night prep. We camp at a large gravel bar a short distance from the hot springs where we have room to spread out, good access to the river and we are usually able to have a fire depending on the weather. 
  • Camp set-up, soaking in the Hot Springs and exploration!!
  • Appetizers and drinks followed by a delicious dinner
  • Campfire hangout / more Hot Springs soaking till bedtime.

Day 2 Itinerary

Coffee & Tea available will be available early in the morning
  • Breakfast in camp
  • Pack up / clean up camp…maybe one more dip in the Hot Springs;)
  • Trip prep and orientation (yes you heard it the day before, but it doesn’t hurt to have a refresher!)
  • Rafting!
  • Stop for riverside lunch (sometimes we just head to take out for lunch, depends on what our clients prefer)
  • More rafting!
  • Take out at BLM Boat Ramp near Gardnerville, NV


Traveling to the

Where to Meet

Carson River Resort, Markleeville CA

12399 CA-89, Markleeville, CA 96120

Flying In

Fly into the Reno Airport (RNO) and take a 1hr  drive to the meet up point where the fun begins!

What’s the Drive Time

From the Tributary meet up point in Markleeville, CA to:

Where To Stay

Accommodations are available in the town of Markleville at our meeting point, Carson River Resort.

The Grover Hot Springs State Historic Park is also a great place to stay if you are interested in camping, and is located just out of town.

What Should I Bring

For Rafting

  • Required Items
    • Re-usable 20oz or more water bottle
    • Shoes (no flip flops)
  • Suggested Items
    • Sunglasses (with a strap)
    • Baseball hat
  • Do Not Bring
    • Cell Phones
    • Wallets
    • Expensive jewelry

For Camping

  • Linens
    • Blankets
    • Pillow
    • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Camp chair


Click here for a full detailed list of what to wear and what to bring.

Rafting shuttle coordination included. Additional fees may apply. For more information on trip shuttles click here.

What Does Tributary Provide

Included with Rafting

  • PFD (Personal floatation device / aka life jacket)
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Professional raft guide for each raft

Included with this Overnight River Rafting Trip

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Cot
  • Dry Bag for your gear
  • 1 night camping
  • 4 meals
    • Day 1 –  lunch & dinner
    • Day 2 – breakfast & lunch

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