Our California Rivers and Rafting Trips at a Glance

Quick Ratings Guide
Rapids and rivers are rated on a scale from I to VI. When rafting with a professional guide, Class I & II are relatively mild; Class III is considered beginning level; Class III-IV & IV are a good choice for adventurous first-timers and experienced rafters; Class IV+ & V are best suited to those in good physical condition with rafting experience; and Class VI is unrunnable.

California River Locations
Northern CA Rivers
Central CA Rivers
Southern-Central CA Rivers
Southern CA Rivers

  • American
  • Kaweah
  • Kern
  • Kings
  • Merced
  • Tuolumne
  • Yuba
American River - Northern California
Trip Days Miles Class Boats Experience Price
South Fork Fun Run 1/2, 1 or 2 8, 12 or 20 III Paddle No $105-$295
Middle Fork Blaster 1 or 2 17 II-IV+ Paddle No $135-$325
North Fork Thriller 1 11 IV+ Paddle Yes $135-$155
See also River Comparisons for Snowpack Period, Minimum Age, Wet Suit, Personal Gear, Group Limit, Elevation, Gradient, Travel Distance

Kaweah River - Southern Central California
Trip Days Miles Class Boats Experience Price
Sequoia Shooter 1 8 IV+ Paddle Yes $139-$159
See also River Comparisons for Snowpack Period, Minimum Age, Wet Suit, Personal Gear, Group Limit, Elevation, Gradient, Travel Distance

Lower Kern River - Southern California
Trip Days Miles Class Boats Experience Price
Southern Sierra Escape 2 20 III-IV Paddle & Oar No $319-$399
Jungle Run 1 8 II-III Paddle & Oar No $149-$169
Big Water Run 1 12 III-IV Paddle & Oar No $179-$199

Upper Kern River - Southern California
Trip Days Miles Class Boats Experience Price
Dazzler ½ 3-6 II-III Paddle & Inflatables No $99-$129
Snap, Crackle & Pop 1 9-12 III-IV Paddle & Oar No $149-$179
Thunder Run 1 9 V Paddle & Oar Yes $199-$219
Forks of the Kern Wilderness Juggernaut 2 or 3 18 V Paddle & Oar Yes $719-$899
See also River Comparisons for Snowpack Period, Minimum Age, Wet Suit, Personal Gear, Group Limit, Elevation, Gradient, Travel Distance

Kings River - Southern Central California
Trip Days Miles Class Boats Experience Price
Joy Ride 1 9 II-III+ Paddle No $129-$149
Mega Joy Ride 1 9 II-III+ Paddle No $149-$179
Ride the Glide
Mega Ride the Glide
2 18 II-III+ Paddle No $269-$309
See also River Comparisons for Snowpack Period, Minimum Age, Wet Suit, Personal Gear, Group Limit, Elevation, Gradient, Travel Distance

Merced River - Central California
Trip Days Miles Class Boats Experience Price
Yosemite Wildwater 1 13 III-IV+ Paddle & Oar Spring only $139-$159
See also River Comparisons for Snowpack Period, Minimum Age, Wet Suit, Personal Gear, Group Limit, Elevation, Gradient, Travel Distance

Tuolumne River - Central California
Trip Days Miles Class Boats Experience Price
Tuolumne Classic 1 Day 1 18 IV Paddle Spring only $219-$229
Tuolumne Classic 2 Day 2 18 IV Paddle & Oar Spring only $419-$439
Tuolumne Classic 3 Day 3 18 IV Paddle & Oar Spring only $549
See also River Comparisons for Snowpack Period, Minimum Age, Wet Suit, Personal Gear, Group Limit, Elevation, Gradient, Travel Distance

Yuba River - Northern California
Trip Days Miles Class Boats Experience Price
Maytag Whirl 1 9 III-IV Paddle No $139-$159
Class V Alive 1 8-10 V Paddle Yes $169-$179
See also River Comparisons for Snowpack Period, Minimum Age, Wet Suit, Personal Gear, Group Limit, Elevation, Gradient, Travel Distance

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Other River Trips You Might Like:

Lower Kern River Big Water
Class IV - 1 Day

Lower Kern River Southern Sierra Escape
Class III-IV - 2 Days

Upper Kern River Snap, Crackle and Pop
Class III-IV - 1/2 to 1 Day

Kaweah River Sequoia Shooter
Class IV+ - 1 Day

Kaweah River Sequoia Gateway
Class IV+ - 2 Day

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