California Whitewater

California Whitewater is a group of private and commercial boaters based in the Sierra Foothills. Collectively we have decades of experience on California rivers–with enough square footage of smelly neoprene, piles of blown neck gaskets, and pairs of de-laminated chacos to prove it.

This site was designed to provide a comprehensive guide to whitewater sports like rafting and kayaking in California–a region with an awesome array of rivers. If you’re up north, check out the Smith or the Cal Salmon, or if you need an escape from the glitter and smog of LA you can head up to the Kaweah or the Kern River. Trying to escape civilization altogether? Do a three-day river trip on the Tuolumne River. But if crowds, mayhem, and party animals are more your speed, rent a boat and join the 4th of July fray on the Lower American or book a weekend run on the South Fork American River. Whatever you’re looking for, California whitewater is practically guaranteed to hit the spot and we can help you choose a commercial rafting outfitter, purchase whitewater gear, learn about California river conservation efforts, and find the ideal river trip. We also have a sweet collection of whitewater videos and photos we hope you’ll enjoy.

If you have any suggestions or feedback about how this site could be more useful–whether you’re a private or a commercial boater–please let us know at

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