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The 2018 California Whitewater Rafting Season Update [MAP]

September 20th, 2018 Jamie Low

California Whitewater Rafting Season Update

The above map shows our up-to-date forecast for the current rafting season; we will post updates both here and on the All-Outdoors Facebook page if any new information is released.

Which California River Will You Explore?

All-Outdoors operates professionally guided whitewater rafting trips on 10 California rivers. Explore this section of the website to find great photos, videos, maps and descriptions of each of the rivers and trip options we offer. River trip options vary in a range of ways, including level of difficulty, length of trip, minimum age requirements, driving distance and available trip options. If you’re flexible on dates, first consider what kind of experience you want for your group.

Share this with your crew and start planning your next trip:

Between now and the end of October, All-Outdoors will be running trips on the South Fork of the American River until the end of October, the Middle Fork of the American River until the end of September, and our annual Goodwin Canyon Double Days event has been expanded to two different weekends in October.

River trip options vary in a range of ways, including the level of difficulty, length of trip, minimum age requirements, driving distance and available trip options. If you’re flexible on dates, first consider what kind of experience you want for your group.

If you want to dig into greater detail about the flows for each river, check our Real-Time Flow Reports for California Rivers for more information about this year’s seasonal flow projections.

Monthly schedule of river trips:

If you know when you want to go rafting this season, but you’re not yet sure which river you want to visit, start here for a schedule of the remainder of the season with information about your trip options.

September 2018

South Fork of the American River (Beginner-Intermediate / Class III+):

The most popular destination for whitewater rafting in California, the South Fork is a great introduction to professionally guided rafting trips… the ideal river for families with kids and any group wanting to enjoy a fun yet relaxing day on the river together.

September schedule: Normal flows 1300 to 1700 CFS will be released 4 days a week throughout the month: Thursday-Sunday, plus on Labor Day Monday, September 3rd.


Middle Fork of the American (Intermediate / Class III – IV):

The Middle Fork is one of the best options for 1-, 2-, and 3-Day wilderness trips. Predictable water releases from upstream reservoirs create a wonderful opportunity for Class III – IV rafting inside a 2000′ deep wilderness canyon.

September schedule: Consistent flows of 900 to 1200 CFS will occur 7 days a week through Sunday, September 30th.


October 2018

South Fork of the American River (Beginner-Intermediate / Class III+):

The most popular destination for whitewater rafting in California, the South Fork is a great introduction to professionally guided rafting trips… the ideal river for families with kids and any group wanting to enjoy a fun yet relaxing day on the river together.

October schedule: Normal flows of 1300 to 1700 CFS will be released Friday-Monday until Monday, October 29th, 2018.


Goodwin Canyon (Intermediate-Advanced / Class IV+):

The closest Class IV whitewater rafting trip to the San Francisco Bay Area, this gem of a hidden canyon is a guest favorite on our annual “Goodwin Canyon Double Days” weekend event. Located on the lower Stanislaus River near Knights Ferry.

October schedule: Updated September 20, 2018: The dates for Goodwin Canyon Double Days have changed. We were informed this morning of a delay in water releases on the Lower Stanislaus River due to a downstream restoration project. While we will no longer be able to run trips on the weekend of October 13 & 14, we will be able to run trips on the following weekends:

Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21
Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28


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