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Truckee River Rafting and Whitewater Rafting Near Lake Tahoe & Reno

BY Tributary Whitewater Tours


7 months ago


Half Day


Mid May - September


USD 69.00 per adult


Sep 17, 2017
Truckee River Rafting and Whitewater Rafting Near Lake Tahoe & Reno


This white water rafting trip on the Truckee River is the closest rafting to Lake Tahoe and Reno. It is a fun and exciting, 7-mile guided whitewater adventure, with many Class 2 rapids for the first 6 miles and exciting Class 3-3+ rapids in the last mile.

This whitewater rafting trip on the Truckee River should not be confused with the self-guided float out of Tahoe City.

Truckee River Whitewater Rafting trips operate from mid-May through September, running 2 trips a day at 9:00am and 1:30pm. As water is obtained from several reservoirs and not just Lake Tahoe, this rafting trip is always available, even when the raft rentals are closed.

Minimum age for kids is 7 years old.

Rafts can accommodate 5-6 guests.


What To Expect: Half Day Activity

Lake Tahoe, California, United States

Truckee River rafting trip time is approx. 3 1/2 hours, including the short shuttle to the river and back. Clients are transported from our meeting location in Truckee, to the put-in site on the Little Truckee River near the old Boca town site. Before embarking on your Truckee River rafting trip, life jackets and paddles will be provided and a safety talk will be given.

Each whitewater raft will be under the control of a professional river guide who will call out commands and help steer. Early in the rafting trip, maneuvering and paddling skills will be explained and practiced. The Truckee River west of Reno passes through the High Sierra desert, with cottonwoods lining the banks. Though the river parallels I80, the road is out of site and hearing.

Above the rapid "Bronco", it will be possible for the more timid passenger to disembark and hike from here to the take-out at Floriston. Most will opt to run the most exciting rapids on this Truckee River rafting trip. At the take-out point, the equipment will be loaded while refreshments are served and we then return to our meeting location in Truckee.

AFTER LABOR DAY weekend, there is usually just 1 trip a day at 12:30 pm during the week. Group transportation can sometimes be arranged for a fee from the Reno and Lake Tahoe areas.


Truckee River, California, United States


  • A professional river guide.
  • Transportation to and from the river.
  • Durable, professional quality rafts, river running equipment & safety gear.
  • Refreshments at the end of your trip.


Adults: $69, Youths (7-17) and Seniors (62+): 10% off the adult rate

Group discounts of 5%-25% - see Discounts on our full price/cost page, or call for a quote. To obtain the group discount, we require payment with one credit card, or ask us for information about our special online booking program.

All prices are subject to an additional 3% government river use fee.


Meeting location is at the Truckee River RV park, 10 minutes from downtown Truckee.

2 trips a day at 9:15 am and 1:30 pm. Custom trip times are sometimes available.


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