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Ten Rivers in California You Need To Visit This Year: The 2016 Spring River Rafting Season Update

April 1st, 2016 Jamie Low

2016 California Whitewater Rafting Spring Season Update

If you have been waiting to explore any of our ten California rivers, this is the year to start planning your whitewater rafting trip! The above map shows our current forecast for the coming rafting season; we will post updates both here and on the All-Outdoors Facebook page as new information is released.

Updates for May 26, 2016
Cooler weather and new snow at higher elevations this month has extended the season for several rivers:

Go Rafting This Spring (May – June) 
Some rivers will only be available during the Spring snowmelt months of April, May and June, including the California Salmon,  North Fork of the American, Merced & Kaweah Rivers. Trips will also be available on the South Fork of the American River, Middle Fork of the American River, and Tuolumne River. (Please check the map for our forecast for when each river will be running.)

Note: The season for the North Fork of the Stanislaus is now officially over due to snowpack and weather considerations resulting in unreliable flows.

Go Rafting This Summer & Fall (June – October)!
During the Summer and Fall months, we will continue to offer trips on select rivers with upstream reservoirs that provide reliable flows, including the South Fork of the American River, Middle Fork of the American River,  Goodwin Canyon, Tuolumne River and Cherry Creek (Upper Tuolumne). Additionally, the Merced River is expected to run through early July.

For a more detailed description of the season forecast for each river, be sure to read our updated flow predictions for 2016:

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