Whitewater Rafting Adventures

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Whitewater Rafting - An Adventure of a Lifetime

Why choose O.A.R.S. for your next white water rafting adventure?

More Rivers to Raft
O.A.R.S. offers white water rafting on more rivers than any other North American river rafting outfitter. Choose from more than 75 unique rafting itineraries in Western North America, South America and Fiji, including rafting escapes lasting just one day, fun-filled rafting weekends, three-week long rafting adventure vacations and just about everything in between.

More Paddling Experience
O.A.R.S. helped pioneer whitewater rafting in the Western U.S., and since 1969 we have escorted more than 450,000 guests on the rivers of the world. Our reliable, responsible and experienced whitewater guides are some of the best anywhere. All are qualified in CPR and First Aid; many have earned credentials in Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue and Leave No Trace.

Fewer Crowds
O.A.R.S. offers the best guide to guest ratio (1:4) in the rafting industry, giving you the personalized attention you expect and deserve. Typically we carry no more than 4 to 6 passengers per raft.

White Water Rafting Activity Levels

Leisurely Paddles, Float Trips and Family-Friendly Rafting Fun

Generally appropriate for children as young as seven years and beginners to intermediates looking for manageable thrills

California Rafting:
Lower Klamath River Rafting – 3 Days, Class II
South Fork of the American River Rafting – 1 or 2 Days, Class III

Colorado Rafting:
Green River Rafting through the Gates of Lodore – 4 Days, Class III
Green River Rafting through Split Mountain – 1 Day, Class III

Idaho Rafting:
Hells Canyon Rafting on the Snake River – 3 or 5 Days, Class III
Lower Salmon River Rafting – 4 or 5 Days, Class III
Main Salmon River Rafting – 5 or 6 Days, Class III

Oregon Rafting:
Rogue River Rafting – 3, 4 or 5 Days, Class III

Utah Rafting:
Colorado River Rafting through Cataract Canyon – 4 or 6 Days, Class III
San Juan River Rafting – 2 ½, 4 or 6 days, Class II


Moderate White Water Rafting & More Challenging Adventures

Generally suitable for teens, adventurous individuals, intermediates or aggressive beginners looking for a challenge

Rafting Alaska & the Arctic:
Tatshenshini River Rafting – 11 Days, Class II-III

California Rafting:
Merced River Rafting – 1 Day, Class III-IV
Middle Fork of the American River Rafting – 1 Day, Class IV
North Fork of the American River Rafting – 1 Day, Class IV
Tuolumne River Rafting – 1, 2 or 3 Days, Class IV

Colorado Rafting:
Yampa River Rafting – 4 or 5 Days, Class III-IV

Fiji Rafting:
Upper Navua River Rafting – 1 Day, Class III

Rafting the Grand Canyon:
Grand Canyon (by Raft) – 4 to 15 Days, Class 1-10 on the Grand Canyon Scale
Grand Canyon (by Dory) – 4 to 19 Days, Class 1-10 on the Grand Canyon Scale

Idaho Rafting:
Middle Fork of the Salmon River Rafting – 6 Days, Class III-IV

Oregon Rafting:
Owyhee River Rafting – 6 Days, Class III-IV

Adrenaline-Infused Advanced Whitewater Rafting

Appropriate for experienced paddlers and hard-core adventurers. On some rivers a physical fitness/swimming test may be required

California Rafting:
North Fork of the Stanislaus River Rafting – 1 Day, Class IV+
Tuolumne River Rafting – 1, 2 or 3 Days, Class IV-V (Mid-May through Early June)

Canada Rafting:
Chilko-Chilcotin-Fraser Rivers Rafting – 7 Days, Class IV

Rafting in Chile:
Futaleufu River Rafting – 10 Days, Class IV (Optional Class V)

Utah Rafting:
Colorado River Rafting through Cataract Canyon – 4 or 6 Days, Class IV-V (Mid-May through early June)


Dory Adventures in the Western U.S.

Hard-hulled but ultra-buoyant, dories are the elite on the river. They shoot through rapids and make the big drops look easy. Dory trips are offered on a variety of O.A.R.S. rivers including:

Interested in learning to row your own raft? Becoming a whitewater raft guide? Always dreamed of paddling your own kayak? Check out our whitewater skills instructional paddling programs.

Still not sure which trip is right for you?  Try our Advanced Search, which allows you to search by destination, activity, trip length, date and more!

With over 40 years of experience offering the finest whitewater river rafting adventures available, an adventure vacation with O.A.R.S. will connect your heart, mind and soul with the natural world! What's your dream adventure vacation?

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact info@oars.com or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
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PO Box 67, Angels Camp, CA 95222