The 2022 California Whitewater Rafting Season Update [MAP]

Posted April 9, 2022 by Lenka Bostian

California Whitewater Rafting Season Map 2022

Which California Rivers Flow Well in a Drought Year?

Even during the drought, water stored in upstream reservoirs gets released on a schedule to generate hydropower, provide water for drinking and irrigation – and gives the tax paying public the bonus of reliable flows for recreational whitewater boating! Read our post When in Drought, There’s Still Water For Rafting to learn more!

Whether you are looking for a family-friendly trip with the kids, or a thrilling ride for your group of experienced rafters, you will have options to choose from all season long.

Which 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 itineraries. Consider what kind of experience you want for yourself and for your group before selecting a river and date.

We offer rafting trips in California from April until the end of October every year, and each river has its own season that ranges in duration depending on the rate of melt-off from the Sierra snowpack or the release schedule from upstream reservoirs. While the rafting season is over on rivers that solely rely on melting snow, California rafting is far from done for 2022!

Summer & Fall Rafting (June – October)

During the summer and fall months, we offer trips on select rivers with high elevation upstream reservoirs that provide reliable flows:

Additionally, every October there is a special scheduled release on the Class IV-IV+ Goodwin Canyon section of the Lower Stanislaus River near Knights Ferry.

Please check the map above for information on when each river will be running.

If you want to dig into greater detail about the flows for each river, check our Real-Time Flow Reports for California Rivers.

Need any help planning your trip? Just reach out by phone, email, Live Chat.


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