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2014 California River Rafting Season Update [MAP]: Eight Rivers We’re Rafting This Year

April 21st, 2014 by Malina

We’re getting a LOT of questions about what kind of impact the drought is having on California rafting trips in 2014.  Let’s clarify the matter:  we have plenty of water for great rafting trips this year because of upstream reservoirs.  Our handy-dandy map shows you when and where all our rivers are running this season.

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Map: 2014 California River Rafting Season Update

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Here’s a more detailed description of each California river we’re running:

South Fork American:

Family-friendly and fabulous, the South Fork is your go-to river for groups with first-timers and Nervous Nellies, but it’s certainly no float trip.  Class III rapids abound and even experienced rafters will have a hoot on this, the most popular river in the state.  Trips are running now and into the fall!

Middle Fork American:

Tunnel Chute rapid has to be one of the coolest rapids in California–it’s a heart-pounding ride down a chute literally carved out of solid rock that ends in a placid float through a small hill.  What???  Yes, it’s true, and you gotta see it to believe it.  Plus there’s another 17 miles of wilderness canyon with class III-IV rapids and calm stretches for day-dreaming and relaxing. Middle Fork river trips will run May-September.

Tuolumne:

Man, the Tuolumne is a keeper.  It’s a beautiful and wild canyon with a heart of gold that refused to be put out by the 2013 Rim Fire.  See the recovery process up-close and personal on a Tuolumne river trip this year–we’re already running trips and will be out there until September 1st, 2014.

Cherry Creek:

Class V Cherry Creek is the most challenging commercial river trip in the United States.  And the drought is actually doing it a huge  favor–because there isn’t a big spring snowmelt, which has to subside before the river is low enough to run in typical seasons–Cherry Creek is actually going to be available for trips much earlier this year.  Our season starts May 3rd and ends September 1st.

Merced:

The Merced is one of the few free-flowing rivers to have a spring season in California this year.  Located near Yosemite Valley, this class III-IV river runs April to early June in 2014.

Kaweah:

Because it’s fed by snow melt (of which there isn’t a ton this year), the Kaweah will have a short season in 2014, just a few action-packed weekends in late April and early May.

Cal Salmon:

If you’re ready for a last minute adventure to make the road trip up north, this weekend we have  one epic class IV-V weekend (April 26-27) on the Cal Salmon.   The season here will last through May, but this is a river that we don’t run every day, so be sure to call in advance to book ahead.

A special note about the Spring rafting season:

Well, first off, some people don’t know that the season has already started.  Somebody, somewhere is probably rafting through rapids in California right now as you read this (assuming you’re reading this during daylight hours.)

If you’ve been wanting to check one of our spring runs off of your bucket list, right now is the best time to book that trip. Not only are the river canyons more beautiful in the spring, but it’s the only time of year you can raft on the Merced, Kaweah or Cal Salmon.  (The North Fork of the American or North Fork of the Stanislaus are not expected to have a season this year.)  And this year, Cherry Creek will have a full spring season, which almost never happens because flows are usually TOO high.

And in case you haven’t seen it, we are running our annual Spring Sale right now; if you book by April 30th and raft before June 30th, you will save 20% off your trip for groups of any size.  Need help making plans?  Get in touch, we want to help!

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Get your kicks on the Kaweah! New video (7/1/11 trip)

July 27th, 2011 by Roxanne

Question: What do you get when you mix youthful energy, waterslides, flippin’ boats, surfers, and a touch of testosterone?

Answer: An adventurous day on the water with the world famous AO river guides, Brad and Scott! Add some adventurous guests and you’re raftin’ down the Class IV+ wonder that is the Kaweah.

Our new video from a Kaweah 1-Day trip on July 1, 2011 is quite a show. And the soundtrack ain’t too shabby either… Enjoy!

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Were you on this river trip? Or any Kaweah river trip? Share your experience with us and write a Kaweah River review online

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A “Fantastic” Day on the Kaweah River!

July 12th, 2011 by Roxanne

Have you experienced the amazing, superb, unreal, miraculous, outstanding, wondrous marvel that is the Kaweah River???

Yes? No? Maybe so? Well… whatever your answer, this “fantastic” (watch the video below) river has just under 17 Class IV-IV+ rapids that will amaze and astonish you.

Located just minutes outside of Sequoia National Park in the town of Three Rivers, CA, this river trip is the perfect “excuse” to explore the area and take a mini-vacation.  But you don’t have to take my word for it. Just listen to guest, Debbie in our latest footage from the Kaweah:

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Special thanks to river guide, Brad for strapping a camera to his helmet and making the Kaweah look so darn good!

Kaweah and Merced River Rafting Over for 2010

July 25th, 2010 by Malina

That’s it!  No more Kaweah, no more Merced.  We’re cleared out of the bug,  said goodbye to Dorletta and her tasty burgers for the year, and put the Merced t-shirts in storage until next year.  If you missed these rivers this year turn your attention to the trifecta of summer-long reliability that are the South and  Middle Forks of the American River, and the Tuolumne.

High Water Update: Kaweah River Ready to Rumble

June 3rd, 2010 by Malina

This just in from Corporate (you know, the office down the hall, a chat with scheduler Amy and Kaweah River manager Danny):

The powers that be are telling us that the Kaweah River snowmelt is ON and this will be the highest water weekend!  Flows jumped up 700 CFS today alone. Time for you people in the Southern portion of our fair state to head north a bit and check out the Kaweah.  Flows will probably be highest Sun-Mon (4000+ CFS?!), so call the boss, get the day off, and  go check out the madness.

Wet your whistle with a sneak peak of our Kaweah River Video.

High Water on its way…….finally??

June 2nd, 2010 by Malina

It doesn’t take a genius with a degree in meteorology or geophysics or whatever to see that this spring the weather has been WHACK!  Hail, windstorms, humidity, rain, blazing sunshine, huge puffy clouds, grey haze and freezing nights.  We’ve been seeing it all.  And the weeds are LOVING it.  Bumper crop of furry-burries, star thistle and foxtails coming your way.  (Also vet bills if your animals are anything like mine and like getting pokey things in their eyeballs this time of year.)

Anyway, given all this roller-coaster action in the heavens I hesitate to say anything concrete about water flows and temperatures, but it does indeed seem to be heating up and unless things have really gone crazy and ice has a new melting temperature, that means the snowmelt is poised to begin.  Soon.  I’ll try to keep you up-to-date on what’s going off where, but for you highwater and adrenaline junkie types this is your moment.  At least I think it is.  We have lots of snow ready to melt and rush into rivers like the Kaweah (our crew is headed down early for a little extra highwater training tomorrow because we anticipate that river rising soon), the Tuolumne, and the Merced.  Our staff in Walnut Creek will have all the deets so give them a ring!

2009 Kaweah River Rafting Season Over

June 9th, 2009 by Malina

It is as we expected–the 2009 rafting season on the Kaweah is over.   We no longer have reliable, solid rafting flows so we’re packing up and heading north to our summer stalwart rivers, the South Fork and Middle Forks of the American, and the Tuolumne.  Soon enough we will be able to add Cherry Creek to that list–we’re just waiting for the water to come down low enough (sounds counter-intuitive, I know, but high water on Cherry Creek isn’t a good thing for rafting).

So farewell Kaweah and Three Rivers Hideaway!  We’ll be back, same time next year.

Last Chance for Kaweah River Rafting 2009

June 3rd, 2009 by Malina

Based on the 2009 snowpack and current temperatures, we anticipate that this weekend, June 6-8, will be the last chance for rafting trips on the Kaweah River.  After that, flows will likely be too low for good whitewater.  HOWEVER!  There are some possible thunderstorms on the horizon that could very well extend the season by another week.  We’ll keep you posted. 

But, bottom line:  If you’re in the LA area and want a last-minute adventure close to home, check out the Kaweah while you still can!  Watch our Kaweah rafting video to see if this technical and high-speed run is for you.

AO in article on Kaweah River Rafting

February 18th, 2009 by Malina

It’s always fun for us to see our name in print…..(well, in computer screen pixels and flickering light…) so we were excited to see ourselves featured in an online article on the Kaweah River.  The Kaweah’s class IV rapids and technical hydraulics create excitement every spring and is one of our guides’ favorite springtime runs.

Check out the article at:

http://www.rundown.com/article.php?article_id=476&article_title=Weekend-Runaway:-Whitewater-Rafting

Last weekend for rafting the Kaweah River in 2008

June 19th, 2008 by Malina

It’s been a great season down there in Three Rivers with some seriously epic days and awesome whitewater, but, as they say, all good things must come to end…… so after this weekend our Kaweah guides will be rolling up their boats, packing their personal gear, and heading home before being re-deployed to other rivers like the Tuolumne and Cherry Creek for the rest of the season.  If you want to get in on the action before they break camp, better get on it because this weekend is your last chance (but if you can’t finagle it in time, don’t worry, you can get your Class IV fix on the Merced for a few more weekends, and the T all summer long).