The Best Rafting in California
Dear Rafting Friends,
As California’s whitewater rafting leader since 1975, Whitewater Voyages goes the extra mile—year after year—in ways big and small:
To enhance the overall fun on our trips, we’re always adding extras—at no additional charge! For example, we’ve recently added:
- Tournament-quality pool tables in our River Park Adventure Campground in Coloma on the South Fork American River.
- Chess and checker tables on the Lower Kern, Kings and South Fork American.
- Entertaining, informative, and inspirational self-guided nature walks in our Kings, Lower Kern and South Fork American campgrounds.
Of course, all this is in addition to great food, smooth logistics, attention to detail and safety, an over-arching buoyancy of being, and inspired guides at the top of their profession–all on wonderful California rivers near you!
We were the first to conduct trips on many of the rivers in California, and for many, many years we have guided more people down more California rivers than any other outfitter. Still, we feel that our greatest achievement has been to place quality of service above all else, fostering a warm, caring and supportive style of guiding that places the enjoyment and safety of our guests uppermost. We truly devote ourselves wholeheartedly to making each and every trip the finest possible.
We go to see and taste the wild places, to merge a bit with the surging flow—and also to enjoy the conversation, the personal contact, the whole sense of expedition and adventure. Our trips are excursions into a wonderful, sensual, delightful world. And with the experience, we find, comes a reawakening to the fundamental, enduring goodness and richness of life on this earth.
We look forward to sharing with you an outstanding, affordable, super-fun rafting getaway! Contact us soon to reserve the your dates!
WE WARMLY WELCOME YOU!
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With Rafting, There's Just No Substitute for Experience
Whitewater Voyages was the first commercial rafting company to run guided trips on the Forks of the Kern in Southern California, and on the Middle Fork and North Fork of the American River in Northern California. We have taken almost 500,000 rafters downriver in our 30 year history. We've learned a lot along the way and we share this knowledge with our professional rafting guides and office team every day, ensuring that your California rafting trip is top quality and first class - from put-in to take-out.
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Our Guides ROCK
From their white water training on and off the water, their intuitive understanding of rafters at all levels of experience, to their ability to create a relaxed and trusting atmosphere from trip start to finish, we believe our guides are some of the best in the world of white water rafting. These professionals are truly multi-talented athletes being skillful guides on the water, culinary artists, engaging storytellers and friendly teachers. Their (sometimes) bad jokes aside, these men and women are a key ingredient in making your Whitewater Voyages rafting trip unforgettable.
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After 30 years, we are proud of our client friendships and industry relationships
We take pride in our relationships with our clients, other river outfitters and those who refer clients to us. Our reputation within the white water industry has grown in part from our leadership track record including many white water safety guidelines and publications authored by Bill McGinnis, Owner and President of Whitewater Voyages. Many of these publications are in widespread use within the river community today.
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We truly care about giving you a great trip - so let us worry about the details
Leave whatever is stressing you out behind and come join us on a rafting trip you will have fun telling your friends about. Our priority is that you have a really great time on your rafting trip whether it's your first - or your fifth. With state-of-the-art equipment, delicious river and camp cuisine, on-time shuttles and logistical support, we make it happen so you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.
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Find out which river trip is right for you this year:
- All Our Trips at a Glance
- For First Timers and Beginners
- For Families
- For Groups
- See also River Comparisons for Snowpack Period, Minimum Age, Wet Suit, Personal Gear, Group Limit, Elevation, Gradient, Travel Distance
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" We just did the Lower Kern last weekend with Heather as our fearless (and often flirted with) guide. It was endless fun, from the beautiful scenery, exciting rapids, the gazillions of stars out at night, to all the joking and water fights on the boats. Thank you Whitewater Voyages for a weekend well spent. We'll be back to do the Upper Kern soon! "
- Susan LeNoir