Best River Trips for Family Rafting

Posted August 13, 2012 by Malina

Summer is winding down and for many of you that means the kids will soon be headed back to school, buried under homework, band practice, and track meets.   Before you lose them to Academia, spend some time reconnecting and hanging out on the river.  We are consistantly told by guests that rafting brings families together–we’re told it holds kid’s attention better than a YouTube video………..hard to imagine I know, but this is what people say!

If you have kids on the younger side–like 5 or 6–whitewater rafting isn’t what you’re looking for. You want a float trip, and our Tom Sawyer trip is perfect.   We float through the valley and bring along inflatable kayaks and innertubes so adventurous kids (and moms and dads) can navigate at their own pace and explore the river environment.  If your kids are over 8 and enjoy the water check out the class III section of the South Fork, the ideal introduction to whitewater rafting.

For teenagers, the Middle Fork of the American and the Tuolumne are two rivers to consider.  With class IV whitewater and longer days, two-day trips on these rivers allow plenty of distraction from the ‘tude, and wi-fi, and may even give you something in common to talk about around the campfire after dinner. . . .


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