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North Fork
Experienced rafters will love the Class IV+ rapids that run through the steep rocky canyon of the North Fork of the American River.

Middle Fork
Steep drops and powerful hydraulics offer challenging whitewater thrills suitable for ages 15 and older. Incredible blue green rocks and clear turquoise water make this a magical and secluded place to detach from civilization. One day trips are available only in April and May, and depend on the natural flow from snowmelt.

The Middle For of the American is a very popular Class III - IV whitewater trip suitable for experienced boaters or athletic beginners. Float through a richly `forested canyon with many waterfalls and cascades pouring in during the spring runoff. 1-3 day trips run April through October for rafter ages 12 and up. Calm sections offer opportunities for swimming.

South Fork
One of the most popular whitewater trips in the country, the South Fork of the American has over 50 fun, but not intimidating Class II - III rapids. 1 and 2 day trips are offered April through October, through the rolling hillsides of the Sierra Nevadas. Float through the remains of an old Gold Mining Town and Take a swim in the river! Trips available for ages 8 and up.
California whitewater rafting on the Kaweah River is an intense, action-packed adventure. The river begins its journey in the 13,000 foot peaks of Sequoia National Park and descends to the valley floor in only twenty minutes. This makes the Kaweah drainage one of the steepest in America. The gradient on the raftable sections of the Kaweah reflects this unusually precipitous persona: the river drops an average 70 feet per mile.

Upper Section
Beginning at the boundary for Sequoia National park, the 6 mile upper section is a tumultuous class IV - V stretch of rapids. This section ends near the Gateway restaurant and is usually attempted only by expert kayakers.

Lower Section
The lower section is the most popular run but is still quite difficult. Large boulders pepper the braided waterway, and channels are narrow and lined with strainers. Serious hydraulics must be averted and, at lower flows, Powerhouse rapid must be portaged. Only when it flows into the town of Three Rivers does the Kaweah slacken for a short time. After Three Rivers, the Kaweah picks up speed again and doesn't let up until buried by the Terminus Reservoir.
Klamath River
Upper Klamath
The Upper Klamath (Class IV+) begins in the Cascades of southern Oregon at John C. Boyle Powerhouse and runs down to Copco Lake, just south of the California-Oregon border. The Klamath carves it's way through the volcanic Cascades and is one of two Oregon rivers to cut its way through two mountain ranges. The canyon flows through the huge red and black rock crags of Klamath National Forest. The Upper Klamath is along the Pacific Flyway; providing an abundance of birds such as eagles, ospreys, pelicans, herons and more, a definite treat if you're into bird watching. The first few miles are class III allowing you a little time to warm up. Once you get into Hell's Corner Gorge it is non-stop whitewater. After "State Line Falls" the Klamath eases up to some class III whitewater and some pleasant floating to the take-out. The Upper Klamath can be done in one or two two days. Most commercial outfitters run the whole river on day one, camp at one of the BLM campsites near JC Boyle Powerplant and then put-in just above Caldera and run the gorge again on day two

Lower Klamath
The Lower Klamath is one of the most scenic whitewater rafting trips in California. Fun Class II - III rapids are intersperesed between calm warm pools; excellent for swimming. Take your time and enjoy the many side hikes the river has to offer with beautiful cascading waterfalls and Gold Rush history.
Merced River
The Merced River tumbles over the cascading Nevada and Vernal Falls of Yosemite National Park. The river meanders along the valley floor through Yosemite and builds into a river of pure whitewater. With its' steep gradient, sweeping bends, and few obstacles to negotiate, the Merced provides long straight forward rapids with big rolling waves. The Class IV river is an excellent step up into the realm of advanced California whitewater rafting.

Wild and scenic, the Merced is a free flowing river and only runs from April to July, depending on snowpack. The Merced has 2 sections of river, both providing excellent Class IV whitewater. There are several camping options along the river if you chose to string both sections together for a 2-day trip. Otherwise there are other camping options with a close proximity to the river. River shuttles to the different access points are fairly straight forward.
Stanislaus River
The Stanislaus is arguably the most unusual whitewater rafting river of the Central Sierra Nevada. With an overall gradient of 77 feet per mile at a beginning elevation just below the 4,000 ft mark, the North Stanislaus is more like rafting a high mountain creek then the more commonly rafted rivers of the foothills.

The river provides five miles of technical Class IV whitewater rafting. The actions starts 20 yards from the put-in with a steep, long stair stepping Class IV drop called "Beginner's Luck". But the fun doesn't end there, as this river tumbles over stair stepping waterfalls and crashes through granite boulder gardens. The action from its 13 Class IV rapids and numerous Class III rapids rarely let up.

Due to the unique scenic, recreation, and wildlife features of this river, the United States Forest Service has recommended the North Fork of the Stanislaus for Federal Wild and Scenic Status. In addition to its unique scenery and solitude, the North Fork offers an exciting adventure through an enchanting forest, rich in Native American and Gold Rush history.