California Whitewater Rafting on the American River and many other California rivers
Tributary Whitewater Tours has been safely guiding California whitewater rafting and American River rafting trips since 1978 and offers something for all levels, from Mild to Wild. Choose from California rafting trips suitable for kids that make great family vacations, to extreme California white water rafting adventures for the expert, and everything in between. With so many rivers to choose from, we know we have the right California rafting or American River Rafting trip for you. We pride ourselves on the excellence of our well qualified and personable employees that will make any rafting trip with us something to remember.
The South and Middle Forks of the American River will have great flows regardless of winter snowpack!! We will also have flows all summer on the Truckee River near Lake Tahoe, and on the Lower Klamath and Upper Klamath in N. California.
Spring rivers like the North Yuba, North Fork American, East Fork Carson and Upper Sacramento in N. California, and the Kaweah in S. California will depend on snowpack/melt, mid-March is the best time to check-in on these rivers.
Be sure to check out our Rafting Hot Deals for great discounts for early season and Memorial Day weekend. Despite a few increases last season, many of our regular prices are still currently at 2007 levels, and we hope to maintain this pricing for as long as we can.
GIFT CERTIFICATES for Birthdays, Holidays or other occasions are a great gift idea for the adventure seeker and families! If you waited till the last minute we can email you a PDF in time!
Choosing your California Rafting Trip:
From Mild to Wild! See the Choosing a Rafting Trip page for an explanation of levels of difficulty for white water in California and the rivers we offer in each category. See Rafting with Children and Family Specials for detail of California rafting trips particularly suitable for children and young teens. We also have great options for group rafting trips including corporate, bachelor parties, scouts and youth groups. If location is important, see below for rafting options in Northern California, Central California and Southern California or check out our river map page.
American River Rafting & other Whitewater River Trips Throughout California:
In Central California, you can try American River rafting, Truckee River rafting, North Fork Yuba River rafting and East Fork Carson River rafting. Some of these Gold Country and Sierra Nevada California white water rafting trips run throughout the summer, and they are close to great vacation areas like Lake Tahoe, Reno, Sacramento and San Francisco. See our rivers page for locations of all our California white water rafting trips.
Escape to beautiful uncrowded Northern California rivers in the Trinity Alps, Smith River Recreation Area, Siskiyou Mountains and near Mount Shasta. Here you can find some of the wildest white water rafting in California, which includes trips on the Upper Klamath River, Cal Salmon, Scott River, Upper Sacramento River, Smith River and Burnt Ranch Gorge. Northern California also offers some of the best California rafting trips for families on the Lower Klamath River and Main Trinity River.
In Southern California, the exciting Kaweah River is located at the entrance to Sequoia National Park.
A Tributary Whitewater Tours California rafting trip combines all the elements of a memorable river rafting adventure -- beautiful scenery, thrilling rapids, sun, solitude and relaxation. Each California white water rafting trip is carefully geared to meet your level of experience and sense of adventure, whether it is an express half-day run or a multi-day California white water rafting vacation.
We have selected some options to assist you finding something special. Our spring time favorite for the adventurous beginner or experienced rafter is the North Fork Yuba River, and for wilderness trips from 2 days to 4 days, choose from the child friendly Lower Klamath River or the more adventurous Middle Fork American River. We look forward to helping you plan a wonderful California Rafting or American River rafting trip, so please call us at 800-6-RAFTING (800-672-3846) for assistance or email us with your request for information.