California Rafting and Kayaking

With 2000 miles of river protected by the Wild and Scenic Act, California rafting and kayaking trips provide some of the best whitewater in the world. During the winter paddling is typically best on the North Coast of the state. While spring runoff is best in the Sierra. During the summer there are numerous dam release runs throughout the state. While most are day trips, there are some world class multi-day trips to be had particularly for those that enjoy class V.

Classic California multi-day runs include the Tuolumne River, Forks of the Kern, Middle Fork of the Feather through Franklin Canyon, the Upper Kings and Deer Creek through the Ishi Wilderness Area. Looking for something easier try a two-day trip on the East Fork Carson or head up to a section on the Klamath River.

There is a ridiculous wealth of day trips including Cherry Creek, the Cal Salmon Nordheimer, North Fork of the American Chamberlin Falls and Giant Gap runs, the North Fork of the Smith River as well as the Middle Fork and South Fork Gorges of the Smith.

It’s helpful to keep an eye on the snowpack (truckee/carson, statewide) and forecasted flows.

Classic California Multi-day Rafting Runs:

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