California Rafting


2863 CA-49, Angels Camp, CA 95222


Local Phone: 209-736-2597 | Toll-Free: 800-446-7238

Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 6am – 6pm, PDT
Sat-Sun: 7am – 5pm, PDT

Mon-Fri: 7am – 5pm, PST

Notice for Guests

Trips do not meet here. Refer to your trip confirmation email for meeting locations.

Group rating rapids in California.

Welcome to OARS California

More than five decades have passed since a whitewater rafting trip through Grand Canyon captured the imagination of OARS president and founder, George Wendt. His journey inspired him to establish the first exclusively oar-powered rafting outfitter permitted to run the Colorado River through Grand Canyon back in 1969.

Based in Angels Camp, California, the company is now the largest and most geographically diverse river outfitter in the West with destinations and unparalleled experiences on over 35 rivers and coastlines of the world. To date, OARS has positively affected the lives of over 500,000 travelers and the company is routinely recognized as a “best in class” outfitter based on education, sustainability, quality of service, spirit of adventure and references.

Discover Why OARS

There’s a reason that more than 70% of OARS travelers each year are repeat guests or were referred by a past OARS traveler.

Family-owned & operated for 50+ years

Commitment to responsible travel

Unmatched professionalism

High-quality rafts & equipment

Low guest-to-guide ratio & small group sizes

Unparalleled access to our public lands

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