White Water Rafting in California

Go California rafting on the 7 most popular rivers in the state!

The American River in California, rafting made world famous for its South Fork, remains one of the most popular white water rafting runs in the West. Located 40 minutes from Sacramento and 2 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, this river offers easy access to fabulous American River rafting and whitewater fun and picturesque Sierra scenery.

The Kern River is a river rafter's jewel located in Southern California in the heart of Sequoia National Forest near Bakersfield northeast, and 2+ hours from Los Angeles. These California rafting trips along the major sections of the Kern River include the Lower Kern River, below Lake Isabella, the Upper Kern, above the lake and the world-famous Forks of the Kern run.

The Tuolumne River, just west of Yosemite National Park, is an easy 140 mile drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. The Tuolumne is a Class IV+ slalom course for rafters with rapids of escalating intensity. This “Wild and Scenic” river thunders and plunges through a grand succession of boulder gardens and spectacular cascades, with stunning granite boulders and blue-green waters. The Tuolumne River is one of California's finest whitewater destinations and white water rafters return to it, year after year.

Also just west of Yosemite National Park, is the beautiful and very scenic Merced River. A non-dammed river, the Merced offers exciting rafting trips during the high water typical of May and early June calming to gentler flows during the lower flows of late June and July. With steep slopes covered in wild flowers, the beauty of the Merced River canyon is simply inspirational.

Other popular California rafting trips can be found on the Yuba River near Lake Tahoe National Forest, and on the Kaweah and the Kings Rivers near Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park in Central California.

Kern - Lower Kern Big Water Run

The Big Water Run is a full day of challenging Class IV whitewater! Get a group together and prepare for an exciting and thrilling time!!!!

  • Trip Length: 12 Miles
  • Minimum Age: 9
  • Season: June-August
  • Intensity Level: Moderate

Kern - Upper Kern River

The Upper Kern is an exciting Class III-IV river with some streches that are not too overwhelming and then gradually move upward to stretches that are sheer excitment. Depending on water levels there are various sections we raft on. Our buses and flatbed trailers make these transfers from one section to another quick and easy. Get a group and enjoy this river together!

  • Trip Length: 10 Miles
  • Minimum Age: 9
  • Season: April-July
  • Intensity Level: Moderate

Kern - Thunder Run

Having dramatic Class V drops and fun Class III and IV sections in between, this Class V Thunder Run possess electrifying and relentess, whitewater. This trip is a full step up from the Lower Kern! Thunder Run run is for seasoned and daring enthusiasts only.

  • Trip Length: 10 Miles
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Season: May-June
  • Intensity Level: Hard

Kern - Lower Kern River

The Lower Kern Two day trip is the most popular trip we run on the Kern. This exciting run starts with Class III rapids and moves on to a long, continuous Class IV section. We run this trip every day with groups up to 30 people. Get your friends and family together and join us for two full days making great whitewater memories and an overnight camping experience that you'll remember for a lifetime! Prepare. . .to Enjoy!

  • Trip Length: 20 Miles
  • Minimum Age: 9
  • Season: May-August
  • Intensity Level: Moderate

Kern - Forks Of The Kern

Eighteen miles of Class V wilderness paradise! The Forks of the Kern is unparalleled in beauty, challange, and outright FUN! Join us this spring for the rafting trip of your life.

  • Trip Length: 18 Miles
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Season: May-July
  • Intensity Level: Hard

Lower Kern 1/2 Day Trip

This trip offers a wonderful sample of the Lower Kern River for folks who lack the time for a full day trip but would like to experience the beauty of the river. The trip is usually run on a Class III section of the Lower, however it is sometimes run on a Class IV stretch depending on water conditions. Either way, it is a convenient and fun way to grab a taste of the Lower Kern River. The 1/2 Day Lower meets at 1:00pm and returns around 5:00pm.

  • Trip Length: 6 Miles
  • Minimum Age: 9
  • Season: May-August
  • Intensity Level: Moderate

Upper Kern 1/2 Day Trip

This action packed four hour trip launches at 8:00am, 11:00am, and 3:00pm. There is no lunch provided, and. . .no time for lunch! Participants get an action-packed taste of the Upper Kern and time left over for a round of golf at the local course or an afternoon icy-cold micro beer at the Kern River Brewering Company.

  • Trip Length: 6 Miles
  • Minimum Age: 9
  • Season: May-July
  • Intensity Level: Moderate

Double Lickety Split

The Double Lickety Split is the most affordable and easiet trip we offer on the Kern River. This two hour, Class III trip has the youngest minimum age (5 years) of any trip we offer on the Kern and a budget concious base price of $65/person. The Double Lickety trip launches daily at 11:00am.

  • Trip Length: 2 Hours
  • Minimum Age: 5
  • Season: April-July
  • Intensity Level: Moderate