California Rivers & The 2014 Fall Whitewater Rafting Season

September 1st, 2014 Jamie Low

Map illustrating which rivers in California are running this Fall for whitewater rafting trips.


Here’s a bit more about where we will be rafting in September & October:

September Schedule

South Fork American River: Every Saturday & Sunday

The most popular destination for whitewater rafting in California, the South Fork of the American River 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.

Upstream reservoirs will release water every Saturday and Sunday in September (and just in case you don’t read past this sentence, the South Fork will be raftable on Saturdays in October as well.)  Those considering a trip on Thursday or Friday this month should consider the small step up to the Middle Fork of the American River:

Middle Fork American River: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

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 16 miles of wilderness canyon with class III-IV rapids and calm stretches for day-dreaming and relaxing.

The rafting season on the Middle Fork ends on September 28th, providing opportunities for trips every Thursday through Sunday.

Bonus Tip: Considering a 2-Day trip?  Be sure to choose a trip that departs Thursday, Friday or Saturday!

October Schedule

South Fork American River: Saturdays 

Guaranteed releases for 1-Day or Express trips will be available every Saturday until the end of October.

Goodwin Canyon: Special Seasonal Release Occurs for Two Weeks (Dates TBA) 

The closest whitewater rafting trip to the San Francisco Bay Area, the Goodwin Canyon section of the Stanislaus River will be running for two weeks in October for a special release to coincide with the Salmon run.  Exact dates have not yet been announced for the releases, but we expect to find out sometime soon. (If you’ve been meaning to check this river off of your bucket list, be sure to reserve your spot in advance!)

Next Steps: Check For Available Space or Contact Us

During the Fall rafting season, our office is open Monday through Friday, and our river specialists are here to help you figure out everything you need to go on that rafting trip you’ve been thinking about. If you have an idea of the river and trip date you want, fill out our “Check for Available Space” form to get an answer within one business day, or contact us by Live Chat, email or just give us a call at (800) 247-2387


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