Join AO for the Goodwin Canyon “Double Days” Weekend!

Posted September 25th, 2014 by Jamie Low

Goodwin Canyon Double Days 2014

Have you been waiting to hear when Goodwin Canyon will be running this year? So have we! And today we finally have some great news: after meeting with the government agencies and environmental organizations that manage upstream water resources, they have told us we should have great flows the weekend of October 25 & 26! We are still waiting on final confirmation of flows, and while they are not able to provide a 100% guarantee of projected flows on this date, we believe we can confidently offer this trip. Please read on for more details:

Now Taking Reservations for Goodwin Canyon “Double Days”!
We are now accepting reservations for this special event, so if you’ve been waiting for this announcement please contact us now to save your spot. You can call us during our fall office hours (10am to 4pm, Mon-Fri) at (800) 247-2387, email us at or start a Live Chat.

What is Goodwin Goodwin Canyon “Double Days”?
This is a very special annual series of rafting trips that occurs every fall on the Goodwin Canyon section of the Stanislaus River. Special water releases allow us to run these trips in October, and we make the most of the opportunity by running the four miles of river twice in one day (hence the name: Double Days)!

In the morning, we drive to the top of the river, run the four miles of Class II, III and IV+ rapids, ending up at a well deserved barbecue lunch (Yum!) Then we get to drive back up to the top and do it all over again! Many of our guests comment how much fun it is to do a trip this way, because the first time goes by so fast you can barely remember what the rapids looked like. The second run gives you a chance to appreciate the scenery a bit more (and possibly gives you the opportunity to make up for that one rapid your crew didn’t quite get right the first time down).

Why October? Isn’t rafting really more of a summer activity?
Not in California. Not only does the weather often cooperate in the early months of fall (some call it the “Indian Summer”), but releases from upstream reservoirs that are used to generate power are released on a schedule that also allows us to provide recreational boating opportunities to the public. Even in this drought year, we are expecting to run weekend trips all the way to the end of October on the South Fork of the American River.

In the case of Goodwin Canyon, this is an extra special occasion: every fall, the main Stanislaus River is visited by thousands of migrating Chinook Salmon. When the Salmon Run occurs, additional water is usually released to help these fish find their way upstream to their spawning grounds. Not only does this water allow us to see the canyon and ride the rapids, but while we are rafting downstream, we may even catch a glimpse of the Salmon making their way back upstream to spawn.

(And since this is the last weekend before Halloween, what better way to celebrate than to scare yourself a bit in “Haunted House” rapid!)

Goodwin Canyon Isn’t Just Any Rafting Trip:
If you have any interest in joining us during this very special annual event, here’s a few things you need to know:

  • The usual minimum age for this trip is 15 years old; the challenges here are not suitable for younger children.
  • Reservations are required.
  • Space sells out quickly. We currently have plenty of room, but this annual event usually sells out in advance.
  • There is a slight chance that the projected flows for this event will need to be shifted to a different weekend. Since we depend on the graces of the powers that be to make this trip happen, we don’t have the ability to guarantee this trip will happen as projected. Flows on Goodwin Canyon are subject to a wide range of variables, including timing with the fall Salmon run. We wouldn’t go to the trouble of scheduling these trips if we didn’t believe it would happen, but there is always that possibility that your trip may need to be canceled. We will notify you as soon as we get final word, and in the event the water is not released you will receive a complete refund of trip fees.

We encourage you to talk to one of our office staff if you have any questions about this trip; our goal is provide an amazing experience close to home, but part of that is making sure you know what you are getting into.

Your one-day trip fee of $179 (plus an additional 8% Government Use and Service Fee) includes:

  • 8 miles of rafting (4 miles x 2 runs);
  • Pro guide and instruction;
  • Delicious riverside barbecue lunch;
  • Equipment and shuttle.

Where is Goodwin Canyon? Only 1.5 to 2-hour road trip from anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Goodwin Canyon MapThe closest whitewater rafting trip to the San Francisco Bay Area, this hidden gem of a river is only a 1.5 to 2-hour road trip, making this one of our most convenient rafting trips.

Not many people even know that it exists.  This is a well hidden secret canyon on the lower Stanislaus River; if you’ve ever made the drive past Oakdale on Highway 120 on the way to Yosemite National Park, you probably didn’t even notice it was there. But tucked away from sight among the golden rolling foothills is a steep-walled lush volcanic slot canyon featuring fun Class III rapids and two Class IV rapids, all within a short drive from your front doorstep.

Find more information about how to get to Goodwin Canyon here:

Read more About Goodwin Canyon: The Lower Stanislaus River (Intermediate – Advanced / Class IV+ Rapids):

Watch the video:

Make Your Reservation Now!
Contact us during our fall office hours (10am to 4pm, Mon-Fri) at (800) 247-2387, email us at or start a Live Chat.

Back to Top

Email Newsletter

Get season updates, flow reports, exclusive discounts and our most recent blog posts.

BONUS: Win a Free Trip for Two!
Subscribe once for a chance to win every month!

* indicates required

Connect with AO

Rafting FAQ's

Get all the answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ's) regarding minimum age, how to choose a river, what to wear, trips costs and more...

View FAQ's

About This Website