Rafting in Sacramento


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  • Peak Adventures
    Day hikes can cover a variety of locales around the Sierras, including Woods Lake and Grouse Ridge. The basic mountain bike trip can be tailored to both those newly liberated from training wheels and experienced shredders. Those with tenacity to spare (kept in extra jars) might consider joining the Cult of Rock Octopus with the basic rock-climbing course, where they'll find a fittingly challenging introduction to entry-level techniques, knot tying, and belaying (intermediate climbers will have plenty of time to play and build upon their pre-existing skills). Check Peak Adventures' calendar to reserve the next time that works for you, and the friendly adventure specialists will add more excursion dates to accommodate a high volume of Groupon customers.
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    6000 J Street
    Sacramento, CA US
  • Mariah Wilderness Expeditions
    Donna Hunter started whitewater rafting as a hobby, but after spending 15 years as a social worker in San Diego, she was drawn back to the river as a career. With a few friends for support and a goal to start a rafting-adventure company, she went to night school and honed her business skills. Today, with some of her staff boasting more than 20 years experience leading tours, Donna orchestrates trips down various forks of the American, Merced, Kings, and Tuolumne Rivers to pit participants against rapids as high as Class V. Certified guides lead these tours in Hyside self-bailing rafts and inflatable kayaks, with some rafts holding up to eight people. Wilderness guides also connect their guests with civilization, often combining rafting excursions with wine tastings and trips to local vineyards. On these overnight trips and other multi-day rafting excursions such as family gold-panning trips, they build relationships with their guests, garnering a clear idea of their paddling skills and the amount of time they've spent practicing in their washing machine. The company?s camp boasts tent cabins?with names like Eagle's Nest and Falcon's Nest?which populate riverside clearings between picnic tables, swimming holes, and volleyball courts. A camp shop prepares guests with river gear, and hot-water showers let them wash off river water. When not seeking action on the river, staffers organize camp entertainment, such as live music, games, and visits from a local gold panner who demonstrates his craft.
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    6500 California 49
    Lotus, CA US
  • Mother Lode River Center
    At Mother Lode River Center?s 19-acre riverside camp, wooden bridges and river-stone paths crisscross beneath the shade of heritage oaks. For 40 years, the staff has upheld a mission of conserving this verdant expanse along the American River through recreational and educational programs. Leading half- and multiday whitewater-rafting trips on the South, Middle, and North Forks, guides ride with paddlers into Class III and IV+ rapids. Back on land, Mother Lode's team helps guests overcome real and perceived barriers through obstacles on the ropes course. Practicing what it preaches, the center adheres to sustainability practices such as heating water using solar energy, operating vehicles that run on 100% waste vegetable oil, and letting wild tents forage freely on the campgrounds.
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    6280 Golden Chain Hwy.
    Lotus, CA US
  • Current Adventures Kayak School
    Dan Crandall is well versed in kayaking activities from the mild to the wild. As the co-founder of Current Adventures Kayak School & Trips and a well-respected figure in the kayaking community, Dan has been navigating the rivers, lakes, and oceans in and around Sacramento for more than 20 years. Along the way, he and co-founder Colleen McKinnon have assembled a crack team of instructors who lead whitewater, calm water, and sea kayaking trips for novices and more experienced kayakers alike. For instance, the Learn to Kayak trip offers an easy introduction with an excursion to scenic Lake Natoma, while the four-day Rogue River whitewater trip provides 34 miles of challenging liquid terrain.
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    1032 Lotus Road
    Coloma, CA US
  • Whitewater Connection
    The Kaweah River option expires June 15, but Groupon holders who don't redeem it in time may instead use their Groupon for the South Fork American River trip at no extra charge.
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    7237 Golden Chain Highway
    Coloma, CA US
  • All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting
    By the Numbers: All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting 1962—the year George Armstrong began taking guests on rafting trips down California rivers 3—the number of generations All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting has been owned and operated by Armstrong family 25: different single and multi-day trips available 10: different rivers, including the American, Tuolumne, and Stanislaus rivers 5: difficulty levels available for guests of all experience levels 8: passengers maximum in each raft
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    1250 Pine St
    Walnut Creek, CA US
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