Experienced California river rafting enthusiasts consider the North Fork one of the most beautiful and challenging California river rafting runs. Providing exciting and technical whitewater thrills, this American River rafting run tumbles and drops nine miles through a steep, narrow canyon of rugged and remote wilderness beauty. Your heart will race as you make your way through the American River rafting maze of cabin-sized boulders and drop over the steep waterfalls. This American River rafting run is only raftable in the spring and early summer, so make your California river rafting reservations early! This American River rafting run is for experienced rafters in good physical condition. Wetsuits are required.
North Fork American River Rafting: Double Run:
Double your excitement by running this fun-filled, American River rafting stretch twice! This special American River rafting offer is for those who want the maximum amount of class IV California river rafting thrills they can get in a one day trip. After running the river once, we'll transport everyone back to the beginning, eat a fabulous lunch, then do the American River rafting run again for an unforgettable 18 mile California river rafting adventure.
Kaweah River, Class IV+, 1 Day California River Rafting Trip:
The headwater of the Kaweah River is located in the High Sierra among 13,000-foot mountain peaks. The river plummets down one of the steepest drainages in California to our starting point a few miles from Sequoia National Park, in Three Rivers, California. The snowcapped peaks create a dramatic background for the enticing Kawaeh River. This 9-mile section of the Kaweah River offers almost non-stop class IV whitewater action. The Kaweah River runs fast and furious down such rapids as Power House, Cyanotic, Suicide Falls, Upper and Lower Slickies, and Holiday Hole. Just 3 hours from Southern California, the Kaweah River is ideally situated near the spectacular Sequoia National Park, with its ancient redwood groves, the impressive Kings Canyon, and Mineral King Park. Although we only offer 1-day river trips, there is plenty of camping and lodging in the local area. This river is for our most aggressive clients with prior class III experience, good physical condition, and strong swimming abilities. Wet suits are required through mid-May. Click for our Kaweah River map, featuring locations of the most exciting rapids.
Cal-Salmon, Class V, 2-3 Day California River Rafting Trip:
Carving its way through the Marble Mountain and Trinity Alps Wilderness Areas, the Salmon River is rapidly gaining a reputation as a premier run. Runnable only during the spring snowmelt and the fall/winter rains, the Salmon offers the longest consistently challenging whitewater in the state. Crystal clear water, steep granite walls, thick evergreen forests, and over 50 rapids. For experienced rafters in good physical condition.
East Fork Carson, Class II, 1-2 Day:
As it winds through the eastern slope of the Sierra, this gentle river is an excellent choice for the first-time river runner. Swift, yet mild rapids offer a chance to view the spacious mountain meadows and spectacular, snow-capped Sierras. A rest stop at a natural hot spring will soothe both the body and the soul. This 21 mile trip is an experience the whole family will enjoy.
Klamath River, Class III, 2-3 Day California River Rafting Trip:
ARR is proud to offer 2 and 3 day drips on the Lower Klamath. Wildlife abounds as the warm waters of the Klamath wind through a beautiful forested canyon in the remote Siskiyou Mountains of Northern California. Osprey, golden eagle, bald eagle, falcons, blue heron, otter, beaver, and bear are some of the wildlife which can be seen. We consider this river ideal for the more adventurous who wish to navigate their own inflatable kayak. If you desire this option, please let us know in advance.
Through an affiliate outfitter, we also offer the Colorado River in Arizona, the Rogue River in Oregon, and the Tuolumne, Kings and Kern Rivers in central and southern California. Please call our office if you are interested in one of these river trips.
Whitewater California River Rafting School:
We offer comprehensive training in all areas of whitewater rafting and related skills in our American River rafting guide school. This California river rafting school is designed for the prospective professional rafting guide as well as the private boater. Students hired by ARR can receive up to a 50% credit on the course and look forward to a spot as an American River Rafting guide for one of California's premier American River rafting companies.
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