Yuba River rafting -- An undiscovered gem of Class IV-V whitewater near Lake Tahoe.

Yuba River Rafting

Sparkling spring whitewater in a lush conifer forest northwest of Lake Tahoe

An ideal spring paddle-rafting river close to the San Francisco Bay Area, the clear, slender and sparkling North Yuba issues from Yuba Pass high in Tahoe National Forest to quicken down a narrow canyon of pounding rapids and great natural beauty.

Lower North Yuba Maytag Whirl 1-day rafting trip

  • Class III-IV
  • 9 miles
  • 1 day
  • Minimum age 12
  • Meet time 9:30 a.m.

Typical season:
May to July (depending on snowpack)

2013 Start dates:
7 days a week

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For Yuba information and to make reservations, call (800) 488-7238

For other general questions, call (800) 400-RAFT

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1-Day Trip - Lower Yuba River - Maytag Whirl
Trip Starts Adult Youth Group
Sunday-Friday $145 $130.50 $116
Saturday $155 $139.50 $124
Subject to 3% River and Land Use Fee.

Trip Description

Includes bountiful lunch along river, cold beverage at end. Experienced rafters and adventurous first-timers alike can try their skills on the dashing, nearly continuous whitewater of the Lower North Yuba’s Goodyears Bar Run, which is a substantial step up from the South Fork American. Read the full trip description »

Mountains of whitewater fun on the Yuba RiverThe North Yuba cascades down from Yuba Pass high in Tahoe National Forest to channel into a narrow canyon of pounding rapids and great natural beauty. The steep canyon walls are adonerd by lush, scented conifer forests, while willow, sycamore and alder line the beautiful river banks.

A special Class V cataract called Maytag—just upstream from Fiddle Creek—is a spectacular feature of this run. You might choose to walk around it!

The Lower North Yuba River is rated Class III-IV. We put in at Goodyears Bar and raft to Fiddle Creek.


Yuba River Whitewater Rafting


Typical season:
May to July (depending on snowpack)

2013 Start dates:
7 days a week

For Yuba information and to make reservations, call (800) 488-7238

For other general questions, call (800) 400-RAFT

Download trip packet (PDF)


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Upper Yuba River Class V Alive 1-day rafting trip

  • Class V
  • 8-10 miles
  • 1 day
  • Minimum age 16
  • Meet time 9:30 a.m.

Typical season:
May to July (depending on snowpack)

2013 Start dates:
7 days a week

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For Yuba information and to make reservations, call (800) 488-7238

For other general questions, call (800) 400-RAFT

Download trip packet (PDF)


1-Day Trip - Upper Yuba River - Class V Alive
Trip Starts Adult Youth Group
Sunday - Friday $160 $144.50 $128
Saturday $170 $153.50 $136
Subject to 3% River and Land Use Fee.

Trip Description

Includes bountiful lunch along river, cold beverage at end. Whipped foamy white, the Upper North Yuba, from Union Flat to Goodyears Bar, wails down a tight riverbed of high drops and precipitous boulder gardens. Read the full trip description »

Mountains of whitewater fun on the Yuba RiverThis is a great and challenging one day Class V trip.

Highlights include the wild tumult of Moss Canyon and the Class V rigors of Rosassco Ravine just above Goodyears Bar. Depending on water levels, we sometimes vary the itinerary of these trips by doing Moss Canyon and Rosasscos Ravine twice, or other options, including moving upstream to the Class V Wild Plum run.

An excellent Class V rated 1-day trip for fit, veteran paddlers. Paddlers must have prior Class IV paddling experience and complete the Class V Warm-Up.

Upper North Yuba River Rapids: We raft the Union Flat Run on the Upper North Yuba. Memorable rapids include Boss Moss, Shangri-la and Little Dummy.


Yuba River Whitewater Rafting


Typical season:
May to July (depending on snowpack)

2013 Start dates:
7 days a week

For Yuba information and to make reservations, call (800) 488-7238

For other general questions, call (800) 400-RAFT

Download trip packet (PDF)


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