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Truckee River - 1/2 Day Rafting Trip

Truckee, CA /

PRICES STARTING AT
Weekdays
  • $99 – adults (ages 14+)
  • $89 – kids (ages 10-13)
Weekends
  • $99 – adults (ages 14+)
  • $89 – kids (ages 10-13)
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Closest Rafting near Lake Tahoe!

Our Truckee River rafting trips are a guided whitewater trip featuring Class 2-3+ rapids suitable for ages 7+ and non swimmers. In peak season we run 2 trips a day, 1 in the morning and another in the afternoon. Trips usually start mid-May and run thru the 3rd week of September. The Truckee River Rafting trips on the Boca to Floriston run offer peak summer rafting with guaranteed flows! This is a must do for visiting Lake Tahoe. Trips do fill within 2-3 weeks so be sure to book well in advance.

We meet at the Truckee River RV Park, located off I-80 in North Lake Tahoe. It is an easy day trip from Reno, Carson City and many Lake Tahoe Locations including Incline Village, Kings Beach & South Lake Tahoe,

After meeting your guide and getting some basic paddling instructions. The trip will start with several fun Class 2-2+ rapids as you meander thru the High Sierra desert, with cottonwoods lining the banks. Several miles downstream you will encounter a series of Class 3+ rapids including Jaws & Bronco! Professional photographers are typically located at these big rapids to capture your images as you come thru! These are available for purchase/view online after your trip.

Raft capacity is 5-6 depending on flow. For Class 3 trips suitable for younger kids or if you have a group of 6-8 you really don’t want to split into 2 rafts, then consider a drive to the American River.

This is NOT the raft rentals out of Tahoe City, which is a mellower self guided float trip.

Trip Information

  • Great for families, groups, and first timers
  • All summer long! From Mid-May thru the end of September
  • Exciting rapids
  • Convenient meeting location in Truckee, California
  • Boca run and Verdi run (section will depend on flows
  • Unique scenery of volcanic canyon, craggy eroded cliffs formed by ancient lava flows from Mt. Pluto.
  • Arrive at the Truckee River RV Park
  • Meet and greet your guides and load the shuttle for a quick ride to the put in
  • At put in you will be outfitted with PFD, helmet and paddle, and a safety talk will be given before you get on the river
  • Rafting!
  • Class 2-2+ rapids like Wake Up (AKA Menace Rapid), Airplane Turn and Railroad Rapid (AKA Lower & Upper Rock Garden)
  • Last mile drops into the Floriston Gorge starting with the Class 3+ Jaws rapid. Just around the corner the river drops into a long boulder garden called Pinball Machine. This is followed by the Class 3+ Bronco Ledge and Lower Bronco.
  • At take out the guides load the equipment and we shuttle you back to the meeting location!

Coming Soon!

  • Kids ages 10 and up
  • non-swimmers
  • first time rafters

Included with this trip:

  • PFD (Personal floatation device / aka life jacket)
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Professional raft guide for each raft
  • Shuttle to/from the Truckee RV Park

Required Items:

  • Re-usable 20oz or more water bottle (filled with ice water)
  • shoes (no flip flops)

Suggested Items:

  • sunglasses (with a strap)
  • baseball hat
  • sunscreen
  • Cell Phone (at your risk, it will sink)

DO NOT BRING:

  • Wallets
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Pets

Directions

Meeting Location:

Tributary – Truckee Outpost @ the Truckee River RV Park
10068 Hirschdale Rd
Truckee, CA 96161

Travel time is approximately 1.5 hours from South Lake Tahoe, 30 minutes from Reno and 10 minutes from Truckee.