The 2020 California Whitewater Rafting Season Update [MAP]

June 30th, 2020 Sammy Russo

California Rafting Update September 2020

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 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.

Be sure to check our latest update on the 2020 California rafting season as it relates to the current pandemic.


2020 California Rafting Trips:

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.

Season Schedule:

  • September 8 – September 27: Trips are available Friday – Sunday
  • October 3 – October 11: Trips are available Saturday and Sunday


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

The Middle Fork of the American River features numerous Class III and some technical Class IV rapids in a beautiful 2000-foot deep rugged canyon. These trips are appropriate for active, athletic individuals – both those who rafted before as well as adventurous first-timers.

Season schedule: Trips are available seven days a week until Sunday, September 27, 2020.


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.

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