California Whitewater Rafting
California whitewater rafting offers a wide variety of rafting trips on several different rivers. California rafting outfitters offer trips ranging from family rafting to extreme excitement.
The Middle and South Fork of the American River and the Lower Klamath River offer outstanding family and beginner rafting trips. California is home to several different intermediate and advanced rivers for the experienced rafter. The Merced River, the Cal Salmon, Tuolumne River and others offer incredible scenery and exciting whitewater. For the experienced rafter that is interested in a challenging Class V rafting trip, California's famous Cherry Creek.
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Two popular whitewater rivers in California are the Stanislaus and South Fork of the American, offering Class 3 to 4. To beat the weekend crowds, schedule a trip mid-week if possible. Just south of the Stanislaus drainage is the Tuolumne River, perhaps the fiercest regularly run whitewater on the coast; Clavey Falls is the toughest drop on the Tuolumne, and a clean run in a raft at any water level qualifies you as a real expert. Further south, the Kings River rafting and the Kern River rafting offer challenging whitewater.
Traveling north of San Francisco to run the coastal rivers, one encounters a different scene: fewer actual mountains but more forests, fewer boaters but generally more water, fewer dams but still a very long seasons and great runs. Here we have the Trinity, the Klamath, and the Smith.
California Rivers for whitewater rafting
- Salmon-Northwestern California
- Trinity-Northwestern California
- Eel-Northwestern California
- North Fork Smith-Northwestern California
- Kalamath-Northern California
- Sacramento-Northern California
- Scott-Northern California
- South Fork American-Northern California
- Middle Fork-Central California
- Toulumne-Central California
The Middle Fork of the American River in central California is generally run May to September. The rapids are Tunnel Chute (V), Cartwheel (IV); Murderer's Bar (V) The River is surrounded by beautiful Mountain forestland. Located in the Auburn State Recreation Area in the Sierra Nevadas, you'll travel through a beautiful forested canyon. The water is clear and generally very cool.
The American River's North Fork is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, in Mother Lode country.
The American, South Fork, Northern California runs from Chili Bar to Salmon Falls Bridge for 20 miles during May to September. The American South Fork is classified as Advanced with names for rapids such as Troublemaker Rapids (IV), Hospital Falls (III). Satan's Cesspool (IV) This river has Steep rocky canyons, pine-covered lulls The American North Fork run has some great names for rapids such as Meat grinder, Old Scary, Triple Threat, and Recovery Room and one mistake will indicate why. Permits are required for commercial groups only; BLM asks for a voluntary Kern (Class V): There are several stretches to run both above Lake Isabella and below it, varying in Class from III to V, about 45 miles in all. The upper section in some years is not run¬nable due to low water, and permits are required on both sections.
Kings River Rafting (Class III+): The Kings is the largest wild river in the Sierras with a very popular 10-mile whitewater stretch from Garnet Dike Campground to Kirch Flat. There is a run above the campground that occasionally is attempted (Class V to unrunnable).
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About W.E.T. River Trips
In 1978, a couple of school teachers in the Sacramento, California area had an idea for creating a rafting program for at-risk high school students. Steve & Rich created W.E.T. for the sole purpose of offering whitewater rafting trips for students in their school district. The first few trips proved so successful that the two partners opened their doors to the general, local population. From that day, W.E.T. River Trips was born. Diverse populations and ages from all parts of the world now join W.E.T. for one day rafting trips to multiple days on the river.
Visit our website for more information on California whitewater rafting trips. Main offerings for river rafting packages include American River Rafting, Klamath River Rafting, California Rafting Trips and our new features on Teen Rafting. Our site has descriptions of the different rivers that we currently run, information on the local river areas, lodging, rafting and vacation packages, family rafting trips, group rafting trips, discounts, teen rafting trips, funny rafting stories, rafting photos, rafting contest, and links to whitewater rafting sites.
In California, all your river rafting needs will be met on the RAFTWET.com site. Choose the rafting trip that will suit your friends, family, company outing or your rafting event. Call W.E.T. River Trips toll free at 1.888.723.8938 for more information on our whitewater river rafting trips.
American River Rafting Trips
Our most popular runs on the American River Rafting trips occur from mid-March through September. These three forks of the American River include the most popular river in the West, the South Fork American; the infamous Middle Fork American Tunnel Chute run; and the advanced springtime runs on the Class 4 North Fork American. From novice to advanced river rafting, the American River system satisfys all whitewater rafting needs!
Cal Salmon Rafting Trips
The California Salmon River is our extreme best. Pulsing with the spring snow melt, the river is clean, clear, swift and powerful. The steep canyon is overhung with verdant foliage and punctuated by small waterfalls and sidestreams in counterpoint to rapids llike Freight Train, Cascade, the Maze, the Fin and Achilles Heels. The Salmon is now a member of the Wild and Scenic River System and freely flows from the Salmon-Trinity Primitive Area into the Klamath River. We sometimes finish a trip by floating into the Klamath and running the Class IV "Ikes" section above Orleans.
Klamath River Rafting Trips
The Klamath River offers a unique wilderness opportunity to float the longest undammed river in California. The river is interspersed with Class II - III rapids combined with outstanding side-hikes & fishing all under the Pacific flyway: home to every migratory bird in North America. Also, you may encounter elk, deer, bear and river otters. From two days to six days, this multiple day rafting package is most popular with the Boy Scouts of America and their whitewater and 50-miler merit badge programs. We also offer sit-on-top kayaks, inflatable kayaks along with our regular paddle boats and oar boats.
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California's diverse rivers include a myriad of rafting opportunities. From Class I to Class V, river rafters from all over the United States and the world head to California for different river experiences. W.E.T. River Trips offers the most popular rivers in the Western United States. Our listings also include our partnerships with other rafting companies throughout Southern, Northern California and other rivers throughout the western United States.
Group Rafting Trips W.E.T. River Trips suggests that most groups stay with the South Fork American or the Middle Fork American. Both runs are available to larger groups and corporate outings. These two river rafting trips offer introductory to intermediate rapids. Both rivers can be combined for multiple day packages. Corporate groups should contact our office directly for customized programs. Group offerings include corporate trips, bachelor parties, family reunions, company picnics, teen programs, bachelor parties and other types of events.
Teen Rafting Trips
W.E.T. rafting trips have so many return guests that we are now taking their children, teens and even grandchildren down the river with us! Our new teen programs allow parents to combine their vacations near the rivers with a rafting trip just for their teens. Many teens come on their birthdays along with their teen friends. The South Fork American is an ideal river for this package. Liz, our teen rafting consultant, writes stories and offers sage teen advice for teen rafters. Rafting Teens from ages 12 - 17 years old end our trips with a sense of accomplishment unmatched by other teen activities.
Family Rafting Trips
W.E.T. rafting trips have always included families. This is where the rafting education begins! Private beaches for the wilderness enthusiast offers camping for the family unmatched by any other bonding experience. We recommend the two day wilderness trips on the South Fork or Middle Fork American. Minimum ages for the family rafting trips are 8 years old in the paddle boats during regular flows or 6 years old in the oarboats. During Spring's high flows, the minimum age may be 12 years old.
Spring Whitewater Rafting Trips
During Spring's high water, our more advanced river rafting runs are geared for the experienced, aggressive rafter. A Northern California favorite is the North Fork American Chamberlain Falls run. This exciting, beautiful river is just outside of Sacramento in the foothills near Auburn. Class IV - IV+ rapids challenge the most experience rafter. Also, in the far upper reaches of California, lies a crystal clear California Salmon River. Class V rapids are interspersed with supreme scenery, excellent water quality and very difficult rapids. Watch out for Freight Train, a mile long Class V rapid! Most spring trips occur from mid-March through mid-June.