Whitewater Voyages'
River Park Adventure Camp Guidelines

  • Camping is complimentary for our rafting guests for up to two nights (the night before and/or after your rafting trip); there is a fee of $10.00 per night/per person for non-rafting guests. Additional nights may be reserved, pending availability of space, for a fee of $10.00 per night/per person. All camping must be reserved in advance.
  • Advance Reservations are required for camping – Call us at 800-400-RAFT (7238).
  • Camping sites are available at 5:00 p.m. on your date of arrival.
    Departure Time is 1:00 p.m.
  • Please clear your campsite by 10:00 a.m. if you are rafting on your departure date; If you are not rafting on the day of departure you may occupy your site until 1:00 p.m.
  • You are not required to leave the campground upon vacating your camp site—you may stay and enjoy activities in the camp or hang out down by the river. But we do ask that you pack and empty your camp site by 1:00 p.m. on your scheduled departure day.
  • Camping assignments are posted on the whiteboard to the left of the trip check-in canopy.
  • We are pleased to provide complimentary camping to our rafting guests…but doing so requires that the cost of administration be kept to a minimum—to that end it is not possible to accommodate requests for specific campsites. Campsite assignments are made by the camp manager in accordance with the total needs of all trips, clientele and logistics.
  • Fires are prohibited for most of the season—but propane stoves are allowed.
  • Tents and sleeping bags are available for rent. Rentals should be arranged in advance of arrival.
    • Tent rental fee: $15 for one night / $20 for two nights
    • Sleeping bag rental fee: $10 for one night / $15 for two nights

An attendant is on duty Thursday-Saturday from 5:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m. to assist arriving campers. If you arrive after 8:00 p.m. you will need to find a roaming guide that can help point the way to your campsite. We have hand-wagons you may use in transporting your camping gear to your site. The campground can be extremely dark so please bring flashlights.

There is a store on the property where you can purchase ice, beverages, snacks, ice cream, t-shirts, hats, water shoes, disposable water cameras, sunscreen, inexpensive sunglasses and chums. There are about a half-dozen small restaurants in close proximity to our campground.

We dearly love animals…but regretfully cannot allow them in the campground. Some people are frightened of dogs and some are allergic. Besides, it’s unfair to your pet to be tied up while you’re on the river…and our insurance prohibits pets on the property.

There is a conventional, though small, restroom with separate facilities for men and women that each have two flush toilets and three showers with solar heated water. There are also a few portable toilets on the property.

Please forgive us for discussing this delicate matter…but our septic system is sensitive. We ask that you help us keep it operating by not flushing anything but small amounts of toilet paper. Please feel free to flush multiple times if necessary bearing in mind that a large quantity of toilet paper clogs the system making the restrooms unusable for everyone!

Camping assignments are posted on the whiteboard to the left of the trip check-in canopy. We are pleased to provide complimentary camping to our rafting guests…but doing so requires that the cost of administration be kept to a minimum—to that end it is not possible to accommodate requests for specific campsites. Campsite assignments are made by the camp manager in accordance with the total needs of all trips, clientele and logistics.

Cars are not allowed beyond the main parking area—but there are hand-wagons available for transporting your camping gear to your site. The campground can be extremely dark so please bring flashlights.

South Fork flows fluctuate greatly due to water releases from upstream reservoirs, so do not pitch your tent or sleep in a low place right next to the river. Typically, the river is lower during the night and early morning, and higher during the late morning and afternoon, but sometimes high flows sweep through at night.

Use caution and common sense at all times in the out of doors, especially near the river. River currents can be very strong. Be aware that the rocks along water's edge are often slippery. Small children should wear life jackets and have close adult supervision when in or near the water. Because rocks often lie just below the surface, never dive head first into any river. Instead, ease in feet first. During extreme high flows, stay out of the water.

Lands along the South Fork have gullies, drop offs and steep cobble piles dating back to the Gold Rush. For these reasons – and to avoid stepping on rattlesnakes or tripping on croquet hoops – use a flashlight when walking at night.

Learn to recognize and avoid poison oak. This ubiquitous California native can grow as a shrub and sometimes as a vine; can have bright green, dark green or reddish green leaves; and always consists of three leaf clusters.

Do not drink river water. But do stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water, either bottled water or water from the River Park water system.

Be careful to protect yourself from sunburn. Use plenty of waterproof sun cream with a high SPF # on exposed skin. However, especially when boating or swimming, don't put sun screen on your forehead or water will wash it down into your eyes. Protect your forehead with a sun hat or visor with a chin strap.

We do our utmost to make River Park a warm, welcoming, fun-filled place. Still, there is an inherent element of risk and danger in all outdoor activities including camping, adventure games and river trips. We cannot assume responsibility for your safety. You must sign a release form and go at your own risk. Our trips, games and activities require various degrees of fitness. We are not qualified to evaluate your fitness, so you – and your physician – must evaluate your fitness as appropriate for any given trip, game or activity.

Do not leave valuables unattended. In our changing society, Whitewater Voyages cannot assume responsibility for your possessions.

Campfire roasted marshmallows at River Park Adventure CampFires are prohibited for most of the season—but propane stoves are allowed. On overnight trips, the guides normally build a campfire in the main group dining and gathering area.

During times of extreme fire danger the fire marshal imposes a fire closure - when no open campfires are allowed. Notice of fire closures will be posted on the Welcome Board.

Please help keep River Park and each place you visit along the river litter free. Help us recycle glass, plastic and aluminum by putting these items in the specially marked cans.

No vehicles are allowed in the camp. Please park in the parking area and walk in. You are welcome to use our hand carts to carry in your gear. Please return carts to the cart storage area next to the camp store as soon as you have moved your gear. (If you are going down to the beach, use one of the lightweight carts, not one of the big metal carts – the latter are too heavy to push back up the hill.)

Wherever you camp, but especially in Baja Plaza, Upper Camp, Paradise Plateau & the Beach, please consolidate your gear into a compact space in order to leave room for others. When River Park is busy, many people camp together in this beautiful place. Please do not move tables, benches, chairs, tent platforms, fire pans or hunker hawser tree rounds.

Quiet please after 10.00 PM - Thank You.

Our septic system is extremely sensitive, PLEASE help keep us free flowing. Also, please help us keep the bathrooms and showers clean.

In the course of over twenty years, our River Park Adventure Campground has given birth to many, many lifelong friendships and wonderful marriages! Reach out to and appreciate the people you meet here. Could be rewarding beyond measure.

Breathe deeply, relax and expand. We're very glad you're here!

To check availability and / or make your reservation, either call our friendly and helpful staff at 800-400-7238
or Use our new On-line Reservation System

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" Hey Guys! My group of 13 just returned from the wildest whitewater adventure we've ever experienced! Your guides were absolutely top-notch, the food was perfect, and the Lower Kern was raging. We'll be back next year. Thanks again! "
- Kevin L. Madding

" We so enjoyed our trip on the South Fork American River. We were very impressed with the friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful staff you have working for you. They were always polite and a great team that worked very well together. "
- John Hintzen,
Los Angeles, California

" The North Fork Yuba River... what a rush of a river it is. Crystal clear water stomping over adrenaline-pumping rapids make for a great day of play. Add to that the wonderfully interesting and professional guides who did everything from inspiring confidence and choosing good lines to making a mean peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Great Trip... Thanks. "
- Lani Haddock,
Los Gatos, California

" We were a group of 13 who went rafting on the American River (South Fork). It was the most entertaining and exciting vacation we all had in a while. The crew were very friendly and the best I liked about Whitewater Voyages is their free camping. Even though it's free, this is one of the best camp grounds I have visited. Lunch provided during Rafting trip was the best you could ask for. Overall, I would rate Whitewater Voyages as one the best rafting companies I have experienced in the last 10 years. If at all I ever get an opportunity to raft again, I will definitely use this company again. NO doubt about that. "
- Chalapathi Rao
Union City, California

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11252 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238
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