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Join O.A.R.S. for a classic California whitewater adventure on the American River, Tuolumne or Lower Klamath River. O.A.R.S. has been providing first-class whitewater rafting and adventure travel vacations for more than 40 years. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, we have a California rafting trip to suit your thirst for adventure. Our elite crew of professional and enthusiastic guides will carefully guide you down these scenic rivers and O.A.R.S. uses high-quality, well-maintained equipment with your comfort in mind.

Grand Canyon by Raft
Grand Canyon by Dory

Get ready for some wet, wild and adventurous fun on California's most popular river trip: the South Fork of the American River near Sacramento, CA! This trip offers some of the most exciting Class III whitewater in California and is perfect for beginners, families and anyone who just wants a day out paddling in the sunshine.

Less than an hour from Sacramento, and just an hour and a half from Lake Tahoe, this trip is a quick and relatively easy option for an exciting family or group adventure. Whether paddling through thrilling rapids or swimming alongside the raft, lots of splashy good times are guaranteed.

Trip Highlights

  • South Fork American River rafting trips are perfect for families & groups
  • Paddle exciting Class III rapids like Fowler’s Rock, Satan's Cesspool & Hospital Bar
  • Cool off in the river while swimming through fun rapids & calm pools
  • Splashy, fun whitewater rafting through rolling, wooded hills & rocky gorges
  • FREE camping, showers & restrooms available at O.A.R.S. River Park Adventure Campground
Trip Details
Departure Dates:
1/2 or 1 day: Daily: April through September
Price:
Chili Bar Half-Day:
$109 Weekdays
$119 Sundays
$129 Saturdays

Gorge Full -Day:
$125 Weekdays
$135 Sundays
$145 Saturdays
River Rating:
Minimum Age:
Class III
7 Yrs (12 during high water)

The Tuolumne River in California, located just outside Yosemite National Park is a standard-setting river among all the California rafting experiences O.A.R.S. offers and it perfectly into a California vacation to San Francisco, Napa Valley and the California coast.

We serve up the Tuolumne River anyway you want it! There’s a thrill-stacked one-day trip, an adventurous 48-hour getaway with cool side hikes and a carefree three-day Tuolumne rafting vacation with lots of time just for you.

All three rafting options take you to headwaters of the Tuolumne River which originate in the internationally renowned wilds of Yosemite National Park.

Trip Highlights

  • Combine Tuolumne River rafting with a stay in historic Groveland
  • Class IV Yosemite rafting is an easy drive from San Francisco or the Napa Valley
  • One-, Two- and Three-day rafting trips available
  • Wine on the River & Craft Beer Tasting trips
  • Camp, hike, play volleyball or horseshoes, swim, explore creeks & waterfalls
Trip Details
Departure Dates:
1 Day: July 29; August 7, 16
2 Days: July 9, 11, 29; August 16, 21, 23, 25; September 1
3 Days: July 14, 17, 22, 26; August 1, 5, 28

Specialty Departures:
3-Day Wine on the River $899: August 9, 13
2 ½-Day Wine on the River $799: August 28

Price:
1 Day: $245
2 Days: $499
3 Days: $699
River Rating:
Minimum Age:
Class IV
12 Yrs (16 during high water)
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Grand Canyon by Raft
Grand Canyon by Dory

Rafting the Middle Fork of the American River is a "must do" on all rafter's lists! The Class IV Middle Fork of the American River rushes through a pristine, secluded canyon where a melee of pounding whitewater and the beauty of the Sierra Nevada foothills combine to offer an incomparable California whitewater rafting adventure.

In 1889 gold miners blasted a tunnel through the side of a cliff, unknowingly creating one of the most unique whitewater features anywhere known as "Tunnel Chute." This tumultuous rapid is the heart-stopping highlight of this thrill packed Middle Fork American rafting experience.

Trip Highlights

  • Class IV rafting through the Auburn State Recreation Area
  • Raft Tunnel Chute an underground rapid blasted out by gold miners
  • Delicious riverside picnic lunch
  • Paddle through whitewater rapids like Parallel Parking, Texas Chainsaw Mama and Final Exam
Trip Details
Departure Dates:
1 Day: May through September
Price:
$155 Weekdays
$135 Sundays
$175 Saturdays
River Rating:
Minimum Age:
Class IV
14 Yrs (16 during high water)

The Lower Klamath River gently winds through scenic splendor in the northwest corner of California and it's treasured for its scenic beauty, diverse wildlife and recreational opportunities.

The Lower Klamath River is a special place, often adored by O.A.R.S.’ littlest guests. The Klamath's water bubbles with bouncy, easy rapids and warm, pleasant swimming holes ideal for young children and families. The focus of this rafting experience is helping kids gain confidence and interest in the outdoors while the adults kick back and relax.

Trip Highlights

  • Many fun & friendly Class II rapids
  • 2 nights comfy riverside camping
  • Warm water ideal for swimming, water fights and inflatable kayaking
  • Easy hikes and blackberry picking
Trip Details
Departure Dates:
3 Days: Tuesdays & Fridays, June 11 through August 30
Price:
$599 Adult / $499 Youth
River Rating:
Minimum Age:
Class II
4 Yrs
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