NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

River Rafting

River rafting is a popular pastime in northern California, in most cases peaking during the late spring, lasting into early summer in some cases and later in others.

Rivers are ranked by difficulty, ranging from Class I (easy) to Class VI (expert to deadly). Casual rafters should probably confine themselves to Class III and below and always use a guide for anything above Class I.

The following rivers offer rafting. Over time we will be compiling a list of guide services and access to more rafting information. So this is just a start.

American River- North Fork

This is a Class IV river for experienced rafters needing that extra thrill.

American River- South Fork

The most popular river for the casual rafter with many Class III rapids, a host of guides and a relatively long season.

Kaweah

Another Class IV stream for experienced rafters.

Klamath- Upper

A Class IV stream for experienced rafters.

Merced

A Class IV stream for experienced rafters.

Sacramento- Upper

A Class III river suitable for casual rafters using a guide.

Stanislaus- North Fork

Another Class IV stream for experienced rafters.

Tuolumne

Another Class IV river for experienced rafters.

Reference: California Whitewater Rafting at www.c-w-r.com.