[VIDEO] Best Summer Rafting Trips in California

Posted June 7, 2022 by Emily Vernizzi, river enthusiast and Armstrong cousin
Video by Jack Armstrong: grandson of founder George Armstrong

Sweet, Sweet Summertime Rafting

California is a popular destination any time of year, but California summers are what dreams are made of. Once the higher spring flows level out, our consistent and reliable summer flows keep us rollin’ on the rivers all season long.

What are your favorite ways to cool down in the summer’s heat? Here is a list of ours:

Summers on the South Fork American River (Class III+)
– The perfect introduction to rafting and splashy fun for everyone
– Multiple itineraries for different budgets and schedules
– Car-access riverside campground on 2-Day trips
– Lively river vibe within the buzzing river community of Coloma
– Pairs perfectly with a trip to South Lake Tahoe
– Always the chance of finding gold? This is where the Gold Rush began!

The coolest things about the Middle Fork American River (Class III-IV)
– Gorgeous, deep canyon that feels remote, yet is close to Sacramento
– Exciting rapids including the popular Tunnel Chute and a 90-foot river tunnel!
– Calmer stretches great for swimming and kayaking (on multi-day trips)
– Stunning wilderness river camps on 2-Day and 3-Day trips

What we love about summer rafting on the Tuolumne River (Class IV+)
– Spectacular views inside a pristine Wild & Scenic River canyon
– Number of rafters is strictly limited…adios crowds, hola isolation!
– Wide variety of rapids, from the broad and complicated to the massive drops
– Impressive wildlife…you might see more bald eagles than people!
– Pairs with Yosemite National Park, or maybe even more river time on Cherry Creek…

Your favorite summer day on Cherry Creek (Class V)
– May potentially be the coolest experience of your summer (or maybe even life!)
– Dramatic, technical rapids for massive excitement through incredible scenery
– Total privacy…only your boat mates will hear you scream in the big drops!
– The skill on display from the raft guides is basically performative art
– Huge sense of accomplishment at the end of the day

Summer is coming in hot! Make your plans to come “chill” with All-Outdoors!


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