24 Best White Water Rafting Rivers in the U.S. and the Guides Who Provide Trips

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White Water Rafting on California's Tuolumne River

Here is a summary of the 24 rivers that have the Best White Water Rafting United states along with the guides who conduct white water rafting trips on them. The popularity of white water rafting in the US continues to grow each year. There are hundreds of white water rafting guides and hundreds of thousands of white water rafters. Some are trying it out for the first time and others are coming back for more like this Maine rafter plans to do this season… 

Everybody in our two-family group, ages from 10-50, said it was the best day of the summer. We already have blood oaths and pinkie swears committing to doing it again next year. 

The season is underway and runs through mid-October in most parts of the country. So pick a river and an outfitter and plan to check White Water Rafting off your bucket list this year.

White Water Rafting on the Alsek River in Alaska

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Alaska’s Alsek River. Photo by Tatshenshini Expediting

The Alsek River begins in the Yukon, flows through a part of British Columbia, and then back into Alaska before ending on the Pacific Ocean at Dry Bay. The rafting trip is approximately 175 miles long. Beginning at Mile 82, Turnback Canyon is 4 miles of Class V + rapids that most rafters portage by helicopter. Alsek white water rafting trips pass through Kluane Park in Yukon Territory, the place that has the highest concentration of grizzly bears anywhere in North America. The tributaries of Alsek and the Tatshenshini River (see below) together connect the largest protected ecological region in the world. Experiences white water rafters compare the experience of white water rafting the Alsek River to rafting the Colorado River through Grand Canyon but in an entirely different physical environment. They place it on the short list of the best white water rafting experiences in the world.

What People Say About White Water Rafting the Alsek River…Dave, Christian and I are still mentally on the Alsek – we can’t let go of that experience yet. We each had the time of our lives.  Elizabeth Danish

Outfitters who conduct white water rafting trips on the Alsek 

Rafting the American River, California

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Middle Fork of the American River. Photo by O.A.R.S.

The American River flows 120 miles from the Sierra Nevada mountain range to its confluence with the Sacramento River in Sacramento Valley. (Map). It brings together the North Fork, Middle Fork and South Fork.  The South Fork and the Middle Fork are the two most popular white water rafting experiences in California including rapids with names like Meatgrinder, Troublemaker, Satan’s Cesspool and Dead Man’s Drop. It is designated a “Recreational River” by both the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. It is Class III white water that is suitable for beginning white water rafters and families. It makes a good short trip if you don’t have time for a multi-day rafting experience.

What People Say About White Water Rafting the American River…Our family of five inlcuding three teen and pre-teen loved this adventure. We did the full day on the South Fork of the American River. All kids were first timers and the adults had only been once before so we wanted something that would suit everyone – excitement but not too extreme!

White Water Rafting Outfitters on the American River

Arkansas River, Colorado, White Water Rafting

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White Water Rafting on The Arkansas River. Photo by Arkansas River Tours

The Arkansas River begins in the Colorado Rockies near the Continental Divide. It provides more than 100 miles of white water. The river drops 5,000 feet in the first 125 miles. The white water sections of the river flow past Buena Vista and Salida and end in Canon City, Colorado. It is one of the most popular white water rafting rivers in the west. Boaters find a variety of experiences and easy accessibility. There are Class I to V rapids with names like Numbers, Royal Gorge and Pine Creek.

What People Say About White Water Rafting on the American River…I want to raft again and again and well you get the point… again.

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Arkansas River

Chattooga River, Georgia, South Carolina

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Corkscrew Rapids on Section IV of the Chattooga River. Photo byWildwater

The headwaters of the Chattooga River are in the Nantahala National Forest and on private lands in North Carolina. Flowing south out of North Carolina the river forms some 40 miles of boundary between Georgia and South Carolina (Map). The river drops from approximately 3,000 feet at the headwaters to 950 feet where it flows into Lake Tugalo. The white water rafting activity takes place on Sections III and IV of the river including rapids with names like Sock Em Dog, Eye of the Needle and Bull Sluice. There are no dams on the Chattooga from its headwaters to Lake Tugaloo. Water levels in the river vary with the season and the amount of rainfall. Water is usually high in the spring and early summer. The water level drops in later summer and fall. The amount of rainfall and drought have an effect of the water level and the intensity of the rapids. In 1974 the Chattooga was designated a “Wild and Scenic” river. 39.8 miles of the river are designated “wild”, 2.5 mile “scenic”, and 14.6 miles “recreational”. On sections III and IV of the river there’s a quarter mile protected corridor on both sides of the river meaning that there are no roads to the river and no development.

What People Say About White Water Rafting the Chattooga River…This is the Southeastern Classic! More legends exist about Five Falls of the Chattooga than almost any other set of rapids. Taken individually any of the 5 rapids of Five Falls would be significant named drops on any typical Southeastern river. From the American Whitewater Website.

View an interactive Chattooga River Map that shows all the named rapids on the river.

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Chattooga River

Colorado River, Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Grand Canyon White Water Rafting. Photo by Grand Canyon Expeditions

In some ways the Grand Canyon is the Gold Standard of white water rafting in America, a white water rafting experience that is on virtually every outdoor adventurer’s bucket list. (See the Alsek, above). White water rafting the entire canyon requires 13 to 15 days, but shorter trips are available. The canyon has some 150 rapids, including some of the most challenging whitewater in North America. Two of the largest are the legendary Lava Falls and Crystal Rapid. 16 outfitters provide white water on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Each of those outfitters offers a little something different. It may be the length of the trip, the types of rafts used; some few outfitters offer helicopter transportation to the start of the trip. Sorting through 16 different websites and trying to figure out who offers what and keeping up with it can be confusing. The Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association provides very helpful website that outlines in an easy-to-understand way what a customer’s rafting options are and which outfitter provides what. It provides a great overview of what the Grand Canyon rafting experience is all about. And links to all the outfitters websites. Anyone contemplating a Grand Canyon rafting trip would do themselves a favor by spending some time with the Association website prior to diving into the websites for 16 different outfitters.

What People Are Saying About Selecting a Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Outfitter…Many outfitters offer certain specialty trips throughout the season. Some are focused on extensive hiking excursions along the way.  Others might offer trips focused on geology, archeology, art, music, or even photography.  Be sure to ask your Outfitter if they offer anything specialty trips that might be a perfect fit for you! From the Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association website

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Colorado River

White Water Rafting on the Dead River in Maine

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Head over Heels About White Water Rafting on the Dead River. Photo by Nathan Outdoors

Ten high-volume dam releases each season produce big white water rafting action over a 16 mile run. Class III and IV rapids like Humpty Dumpty, Elephant Rock and Spruce Ledges include long wave trains and drops into deep holes. Popular Hill Falls is one mile of Class IV and V rapids with standing waves and deep holes called the “longest rapid in the northeast.” See a current schedule of dam releases on the Appalachian Mountain Club Boston Paddlers website.

What People Say About White Water Rafting on the Dead River, Maine...A great trip. Everybody in our two-family group, ages from 10-50, said it was the best day of the summer. We already have blood oaths and pinkie swears committing to doing it again next year.

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Dead River

Rafting the Deerfield River, Massachusetts

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Deerfield River, Massachusetts. Photo by Zoar Outdoors

Raft Class II and III rapids on the Deerfield River from Zoar Gap to Class IV white water on the Dryway. The white water on this 5-mile run starts below Monroe Bridge dam and increases in intensity of Class III on rapids like Devil’s Odds and Landslide. The final and most difficult rapids are Dragons Tooth and The Terminator.

What People Say About White Water Rafting on the Deerfield River, Massachusetts…Hard to believe we were less than two hours from home. We felt like we were on the Colorado riding huge waves and surfing some deep holes. It was awesome.

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Deerfield River

Deschutes River, Oregon, White Water Rafting

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Box Car Rapid on the Deschutes River. Photo by Whitewater Guidebook

The Deschutes River has its origin at Little Lava Lake in the Cascade mountains. It flows 250 miles in eastern Oregon before merging with the Columbia. The “Lower Deschutes” is the 100-mile section from the mouth of the river to Pelton Dam. The Lower Deschutes has numerous challenging rapids. Trips from outfitters vary from one-half day to multi-day experiences. One outfitter’s full-day trip covers 14 miles of river in five-to-six hours and includes Class III rapids with names like Box Car, Surf City, Oak Springs and White River.

What New White Water Rafters say about the Experience… I was not sure how I would feel about an all day river rafting Class 3 and 4 rapids trip having very little experience rafting and being generally risk adverse! However, this was a wonderful experience for me, as well as my husband and 13 and 17-year-old children.

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Deschutes River

Montana’s Flathead River White Water Rafting

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White Water Rafting Fun on the Flathead River. Photo by Glacier Raft Company

The headwaters of the Flathead River are found in British Columbia and gather momentum on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. Lewis and Clark named the Native Americans who lived in the region the Flathead Indians and, hence, the name of the River. In 1976 Congress named 219 miles of the Flathead River a National Wild and Scenic River. Most of the river is protected in either Glacier National Park or Bob Marshall or Great Bear Wilderness areas. There are more than 275 miles of white water rafting on the North and Middle forks of the Flathead ranging from Class I to Class III.

What People Say About White Water Rafting the Flathead River…It was our first rafting experience and now I can’t wait for the next one! It was a great combination of thrill and awe!

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Flathead River

Gauley River, West Virginia

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White Water Rafting Action on the Gauley River. Photo by Ace Adventure Resort

With over 100 rapids up to Class V in intensity the Gauley is a river for adventurous white water rafters. It is ranked as one of the top white water rafting experiences in the U.S. The river drops over 650 feet in 24 miles. Two 12-mile sections of the River provide different experiences. The Gauley is a dam-controlled watershed. Summer water flows are generally Memorial Day through Labor Day. They provide good rafting experiences for intermediate to advanced rafters. Beginning the Friday after Labor Day the annual draw down from Summersville Lake begin and bring the Gauley to its full rafting potential. The upper Gauley is recommended for experienced white water boaters. It is rated as one of the most intense white water rafting experiences in the country.

What People Say About White Water Rafting on the Gauley River in West Virginia…My daughter, friends and I rafted the Gauley on May 10. It was a tremendous experience!  I think all of us (ages 29, 31, 48, 56, 61, & 62) all expected something perhaps a little more tame.  Other portions of the river or other times of the year might provide a more calm trip, but NONE of us would change a thing.

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Gauley Rive

Green River, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado

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Desolation Canyon on the Green River. Photo by Western River Expeditions

The Green River flows 730 miles from its headwaters in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming on the western side of the Continental Divide to its confluence with the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park. It’s watershed, known as the Green River Basin includes parts of Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. Most of the river is in Wyoming and Utah, except for 40 miles in western Colorado. A portion of the river passes through Desolation Canyon. It has more than 60 rapids rated from Class I to Class III. It is the chief tributary of the Colorado.

What People Say About The History of White Water Rafting on the Green River…For the earliest explorers, like mountain man William Ashley and explorer John Wesley Powell, this whitewater was often death-defying – crushing their wooden boats, dumping precious supplies and giving many a river pioneer the swim of their lives. From the Flaming Gorge website

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Green River

White Water Rafting on the Kennebec River, Maine

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Making a Splash on Maine’s Kennebec River. Photo by Northeast Whitewater

The Class IV Kennebec River is a dam-controlled river with consistent daily water releases from Harris Station Dam in West Forks, Maine. Optimum water flows are assured throughout the season from mid-April to Mid-October producing rapids with names like Big Mama, Whitewasher, and The Alleyway. Class IV+ Magic Falls is the biggest thrill of the day. Kennebec Gorge has 12 miles of steep granite walls. Additionally,”turbine test” releases periodically during the summer increase the flows to produce bigger, more frequent rapids. (Most outfitters have a “Turbine Test Schedule on their website.) The Kennebec is a deep, fast moving river as contrasted to a technical river with multiple boulders and rocks. This makes it particularly compatible with beginning rafters, youth groups, and families in addition to experienced paddlers.

What People Say About White Water Rafting the Kennebec River in Maine…It was a WINNER!!…Being surrounded by beauty combined with the adventure and excitement of something real and natural (unlike Disney or a man made water park) brought the inner human spirit roaring out of these concrete, plastic souls like a lion! Even mother nature herself must have been impressed with herself that day! It was awesome to see! (Some things you just can’t make up, and this was a prime example!)

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Kennebec River

Klamath River, Oregon and Northern California

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A Big Drop on the Klamath River. Photo by Noah’s Rafting & Fishing

The Klamath River starts near Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. It is the second largest river in California and includes some 180 miles of fine whitewater rafting. “Klamath” means “swiftness” in Chinook and the name is apt. There is little west coast white water rafting that rivals the Upper Klamath. It includes over 30 rapids in the Class III and IV category including two that are over 100 yards long. The Lower Klamath flows through the Siskiyou Mountains. Rafters (and kayakers) experience mile whitewater, sandy beaches, and swimming holes. This is a good section for families and beginning rafters.

What New White Water Rafters Are Saying About Their Experience on the Klamath River…Myself, along with the 3 others in my group now have a newfound love of whitewater rafting and are looking forward to our next trip.

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Klamath River

Rafting the Lochsa River, Idaho

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White Water Rafting on Idaho’s Lochsa River. Photo by ROW

From the headwaters in the Bitteroot Mountains to the confluence with the Selway and Clearwater rivers, the Lochsa includes more than 40 major rapids, including The Grim Reaper, Bloody Mary, Ten Pin Alley, Mile Long, and Lochsa Falls. The rapids are long and come frequently. The Lochsa is a free flowing river meaning that there are no dams to artificially control the water flow. The Lochsa was one of the original six rivers protected by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968. River flow starts to increase in early spring, reaches a peak in late spring and then tapers off into the summer. Peak flows are usually from May 15 to June 15. The season usually ends between July 10th and July 20th. Compare to West Virginia’s Gauley River and California’s Tuolumne.

What People Say About White Water Rafting the Lochsa River…One night in May over dinner at a river rat hangout, a couple of guides showed me photos from a busy day on the Lochsa. Every frame was solid froth, with a bouncing raft in the middle of it.  From “The Last Wilderness” in the New York Times.

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Lochsa River

Nantahala River, North Carolina, White Water Rafting

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Rafters heading into Class III Nantahala Falls. Photo by Nantahala Outdoor Center

The Nantahala River’s eight miles of almost continuous Class I and II rapids is one of the most popular white water rafting rivers in the country. The rafting trip takes about three hours and ends with a thrill at Class III Nantahala Falls. The extends from late March through October depending on the outfitter.

The White Water Experience on the Nantahala River. In 2013 the Freestyle Kayaking World Championships was held on the Nantahala. Top freestyle kayakers from 30 countries descended on Nantahala Gorge for a full week of competition in a wide range of events.

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Nantahala River

Alaska’s Nenana River White Water Rafting

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Rafters of all ages on Alaska’s Nenana River. Photo by Denali Outdoor Center

The glacially-fed Nenana River is the most popular white water rafting river in Alaska. It flows north through the heart of the Alaska Range and forms the eastern boundary of Denali National Park. Denali Highway running parallel to the upper river for approximately 15 miles and the Parks Highway which follows the Kenana for approximately 80 miles means that the river is accessible in numerous places. The Nenana Canyon Run is 11 miles of river that passes through grand Alaska scenery and geology. It takes in 10 rapids ranging in difficulty Class III to Class IV with names like Razorback, Royal Flush and Coffee Grinder. All rafters are provided with special drysuits that fit over regular clothes to stay dry and warm.

What People Say About Their Experience on the Nenana River…I’ve lived in Alaska for 46 years and have driven by and over this river hundreds of times. Finally took this trip with my 21 year old son and I was very nervous. No need! The crew was very safety minded and our guide, Mike, excellent. We had to work a little…and listen to him but the experience was invigorating. By the end I felt like I could do it again. This is a must do experience for everyone’s bucket list!

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Nenana River

New River, West Virginia

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White water rafting under the New River Gorge Bridge. Photo by West Virginia Tourism

From the unusual way it flows south-to-north, rather than west-to-east like most rivers in the Appalachian Mountains, some geologists conclude that the New River may actually be one of the oldest rivers in the world. It begins in the mountains of western North Carolina and flows through parts of Virginia before entering West Virginia where it joins the Gauley. The New River Gorge National River includes 53 miles of free-flowing New River that are divided into two parts with very different characteristics. The upper part of the river has mild rapids and good access points. The lower section of the river, known as the “Lower Gorge” has big rapids that range from Class III to Class V. Expert maneuvering is required to skirt large boulders. Dangerous undercut rocks are a factor. Paddlers must contend with powerful crosscurrents and hydraulics. The season runs from April through October but trips are usually available all year round.

What People say about White Water Rafting on the New River…The Lower New River is West Virginia whitewater rafting at its best. A large volume river, the Lower New’s rapids are formed by large shelf drops and boulders. These structures create monster waves, hydraulics, and world class whitewater.

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the New River

Ocoee River, Tennessee

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White water rafters on Tennessee’s Ocoee River. Photo by Rolling Thunder

The Ocoee River hosted the whitewater slalom events during the 1996 Centennial Summer Olympics held in Atlanta some 100 miles to the south. The Ocoee’s predictable flow is controlled by the Tennessee Valley Authority via three dams. The Middle Section of the Ocoee contains some 20 Class III and IV rapids with names like Grumpy’s, Double Trouble, and Table Saw. The Upper Ocoee is open for white water rafting on weekends from mid-May through mid-September. It includes the white water course constructed for the Olympics. White water rafters can combine both the middle and upper sections of the river into a one-day trip.

Questions People Ask White Water Rafting Outfitters. Will I Fall Out? If you raft long enough you will find that you are always between swims. With that said we provide you with the top of the line gear and give you instructions on what to do when it happens. Most people are in the water for a very short time before being pulled back into the raft.

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Ocoee River

Rogue River, Oregon

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White water rafting the Rogue, a U.S. Wild and Scenic River. Photo by ROW Adventures

The Rogue is located in southwestern Oregon It flows about 215 miles from its headwaters in the Cascade Range to the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach. It was one of the original eight rivers named in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. The Rogue is a dam-controlled river meaning that it’s flows are predictable. The river is divided into two sections. The 40-mile Wild and Scenic section runs from Grave Creek to Foster Bar. The Recreation Section is 13 miles suitable for day trips. Trips on the Rogue range from four hours to four days.

What People Are Saying About White Water Rafting The Rogue River...I can’t tell you how much my family enjoyed our Rogue River adventure. You helped transform my kids into lovers of the outdoors. This was the best family vacation we’ve ever been on.” Comment to a Rafting Outfitter from a Customer

Salmon River, Idaho

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Rafting Idaho’s Salmon River. Photo by ROW

The Salmon, known as “The River of No Return”, flows for 425 miles through central Idaho. It drops more than 7,000 feet from its headwaters in the Sawtooth Mountains and its confluence with the Snake River. It is one of the largest rivers in the lower 48 without a dam on its main stem. The Salmon is also known as the “Main Salmon” to differentiate it from a tributary, the Middle Fork. The Salmon River is often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of Idaho.”  White water rafters will experience big rapids, sand beaches, trout-filled side creeks, and fine mountain scenery.

What People Are Saying About White Water Rafting The Salmon River…It was a glorious trip. The scenery was as fantastic as we had anticipated and the weather even cooperated. The tents were easy, the pads cushy, the splash jackets perfect and the food terrific. But the contribution that you guides made to the enjoyment of the trip was immeasurable!

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Salmon River

Snake River, Oregon, Idaho

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Taking a beach break in Hells Canyon during a white water rafting trip on the Snake River. Photo by O.A.R.S.

With its headwaters just inside Yellowstone National Park on the Two Oceans Plateau, the Snake River provides some of the best white water rafting in the Northwest. Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America. Hells Canyon rafting on the Snake is along the border of Idaho and Oregon. Raft Class III and IV rapids with names like Granite and Wild Sheep. Outfitters offer 3, 4, 5 and 6-day trips. Cover nearly 80 miles of river through the heart of Hells Canyon from the Dam to Heller Bar in Idaho.

The Kind of Thing Outfitters Do White Water Rafting the Snake River…We send a cargo boat ahead to set up a luxury wilderness camp. Instead of spending time setting up your own tent, you can be hiking, fishing or otherwise relaxing. From the website of one of the outfitters providing white water rafting experiences on the Snake River

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Snake River

Tatshenshini River, Alaska

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The Tatshenshini is a pristine alpine river. It is a companion river to the Alsek which it joins a few mile upstream of the U.S border. The Tatshenshini flows 140 miles through two national parks, Kluane National Park and Reserve in Canada and Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. The area around the Tatshenshini River is the world’s largest bio-preserve. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the largest glaciers in the world are located here. Large numbers of grizzly bears, caribou and Dall’s sheep make their home here.

What Outfitters Themselves Say About White Water Rafting on the Tatshenshini River Nowhere else on the planet will you see such pristine wilderness and a panoramic view of mountains and rivers. This is a land of rivers which molded the country and its people. From the website of one of the Outfitters on the Tatshenshini

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Tatshenshini River

Tuolumne River, California

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White water rapids on California’s Tuolomne River from an unusual perspective. Photo by California Tourism

The Tuolumne (pronounced too-all-o-me) River is dam controlled. Early season snowmelt results in high river levels that require experience on the part of rafters. During this time of year, the Tuolumne is one of California’s most powerful white water rivers. In late spring and summer, the water levels recede. Both experienced rafters and aggressive beginners will enjoy the river. The Tuolumne is characterized by steep technical rapids. Rafters experience tight chutes, tall drops, and huge boulders. Rapids with names like Rock Garden, Nemesis, and the Class IV+ Clavey Falls are challenging. The Tuolumne was designed a National Wild and Scenic River in 1984. Only two 20-person commercial trips are allowed in the canyon per day. The river is two hours from Sacraments and three hours from San Francisco.The season is April through early September.

What People Are Saying About White Water Rafting on the Tuolumne River We visited on July 17 and did the Tuolumne on a day trip with my 2 sons. What a fantastic day, we laughed, had fun and even when the raft nearly capsized we were still laughing! Our guide, Corey, was superb and kept us together as a team without ever turning down the fun meter. The only other thing I can add is what my sons said, with whom I have a great relationship; “this is the best thing we have ever done together!”

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Tuolumne River

Youghiogheny River, Maryland, Pennsylvania

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Heads-up on that kayak. White water rafting on the Upper Youghiogheny. Photo by Precision Rafting

The Lower Yough is 7.5 miles of Class III and IV rapids with names like Bastard’s Falls, Charlie’s Choice, and Little Niagra. It is what’s known as a drop and pool river, meaning that in between rapids are calm pools where you can collect yourself and take in the scenery. It is one of nine rivers in Maryland recognized and protected under the Maryland Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The Upper Yough is steep and technical dropping almost 1000 feet in 10 miles between Sang Run to Friendsville. The Middle Yough is an easy float. The Lower Yough is the most popular section of the river. The season is March through October. Rafting is available on the Middle and Lower Yough daily. The upper Yough has releases on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays from mid-April through Mid-September

What People Are Saying About Their White Water Rafting Guides Before putting our rafts in the water, the primary instructor gave an entertaining and informative safety speech. Even something mundane like that was interesting and lively. Clearly, these river guides know what they’re doing?

Outfitters who conduct rafting trips on the Youghiogheny River

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