Upper Klamath River - 1 Day Hells Corner Rafting Trip

Prices Starting At

$189 Adult (14+)


Klamath River Summer 2024 Update:

All Lower Klamath trips are being referred to our Deschutes River 3 Day river rafting trip which offers a similar experience with Class 2-3 rapids – a perfect trip for families ages 4+. For recommendations on alternatives to our Upper Klamath River trips please contact us. See more details on this change below.

The Klamath Dam removal project, which began in 2023, has affected both the Upper and Lower Klamath portions of our whitewater rafting trips for the 2024 season. The Upper Klamath is directly affected by the location of the dam removal while the Lower Klamath portion is seeing an increase of sediment downstream from the project. After connecting with local agencies, and considering the best course of action for the project and guests, we will not be running whitewater trips on either section of the Klamath River this summer. We are in full support of the Klamath Dam removal project and reviving a river to its natural state. We will continue to provide updates on the project via our blog.

For more information, read our Klamath Dam blog series, links below.
Klamath River Dam Removal Project Summer 2024 Update: April 22, 2024
Klamath River Dam Removal Project Update: August 5, 2023
Klamath River Dam Removal Project Begins: May 8, 2023


This whitewater adventure begins at the JC Boyle Dam put in, in Southern Oregon with 5+ miles of Class 3 rapids to warm up on before tackling the more challenging rapids! The Class 4 rapids begin with the gradient change and you enter into the steep canyon walls. The rapids are long and the water is big. We enjoy lunch on the river before crossing back into California at mile 11. On the remaining stretch after the border, the canyon opens up and the river mellows allowing for voluntary swims. We typically take out at Fishing Access 6 above Copco Lake. The shuttles to/from Weed are a bit long, and we will provide refreshments after the rafting trip.

The 2023 summer will be the last time you can raft the Upper Klamath section in the late summer and fall. With the dams’ removal, this section will only be running in the spring in future rafting seasons. We are running two Upper Klamath rafting trips in August – on Friday, August 25 and Sunday 27. This will be the last time you can raft the Upper Klamath this late in the season, don’t miss out!


  • Class IV Caldera – 100+ yards
  • Class IV Hells Corner –  600+ yards!! We typically stop at Frain Ranch to scout this rapid.
  • Many other Class 4 rapids include Satan’s Gate, Ambush, Snag Island, as well as other Class 3’s like Bermuda Triangle and Branding Iron.
  • A delicious riverside lunch
  • A skilled guide in every raft ready to provide a safe and fun outdoor adventure
  • PFD (personal flotation device) and helmet for each participant
  • Shuttle to/from our meeting location in Weed, CA

River Map

Trip Itinerary

Please note times are an apporximation and we may end up running ahead of, or behind schedule…we like to call it “river time”!
8:00am – Meet in Weed, CA for shuttle to Put In
8:10am – 9:30am Shuttle to JC Boyle Powerhouse (Put In location)
9:30am – 10:00am Trip prep and orientation
10:00am – 12:30pm Rafting!
12:30pm – 1:00pm Stop for riverside lunch
1:00pm – 4:00pm More rafting!
4:00pm Take out – please hold onto the gear we provided and your guide will instruct you where to put it before loading our shuttle.
4:30pm – 6:00pm Shuttle back to Weed, CA

Traveling to the

Where To Stay

What Should I Bring

Required Items:

  • Re-usable 20oz or more water bottle (filled with ice water)
  • shoes (no flip flops)
  • Wetsuit or Drysuit (you can also rent wetsuit/splash top from us)
  • This is a big water rafting trip – DO NOT WEAR COTTON! We suggest you wear polypro and wool materials.

Suggested Items:

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


  • Wallets
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Pets

What Does Tributary Provide

Included with this trip:

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