Intense whitewater-rafting trips are a lot like gondola rides, except instead of being moved by a smooth serenade, rafters are carried by relentless rapids that can hardly carry a tune. Take on the relentless river with today's Groupon for a guided whitewater-rafting trip from W.E.T. River Trips. Choose from the following trips:
- For $80, you get a one-day whitewater-rafting trip with lunch, good for 19 miles of rafting along the Middle Fork of the American River (up to a $159 value). This option is recommended for athletic paddlers.
- For $60, you get a one-day whitewater-rafting trip with lunch, good for 10.5 miles of rafting on the South Fork of the American River (up to a $119 value).
- For $74, you get a full-river whitewater-rafting trip with lunch, a 21-mile South Fork run (up to a $149 value). This option is recommended for aggressive and athletic paddlers.
- For $129, you get a two-day whitewater-rafting trip with four meals and camping along the South Fork (up to a $259 value).
Watery wayfarers thread their way through the inviting eddies of the American River’s Middle Fork, stretching paddle-powering sinew against natural obstacles including the narrow channels of the Tunnel Chute Rapid and the swift, scenic stretch of the Class VI Rucka-Chucky Rapid. Boaters can also conduct craft through the symphony of whitewater along the American River’s South Fork, home to such notorious Class III Odyssean obstacles as the Meatgrinder, Racehorse Bend, and a stretch that's more menacing than slingshot shooters in overalls: the Troublemaker Rapid. While these rapids make for a challenge, they remain splash-friendly enough for rafters of all skill levels.
W.E.T. River Trips has been nautically navigating the mighty whitewaters since 1978, which means that most guides know the rivers they raft upon like the backs of their ever-moistened hands. Staff at W.E.T. River Trips have at least two years of rafting experience, and some guides are fluent in English-to-trout translation should they need to ask for directions. As long as those younger than 18 are armed with a parental release form, W.E.T. invites all paddlers, even those as young as 8 years old (12 and older during high flows), to join the ongoing splash-off with Mother Nature. Here's a handy list to help prepare for your trip and what to expect. Trips run every day except Wednesday and can be scheduled here.
Though W.E.T. River Trips sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
W.E.T. River Trips
Founded in 1978 out of a love of the plentiful whitewater rafting around Sacramento, W.E.T. River Trips has been outfitting rafters and leading trips continuously for the last 34 years. They maintain a ratio of one guide per six to eight guests on their trips to ensure less crowded boats and to make each trip more intimate and personal. W.E.T.'s tours explore more than 18 rivers' rapids ranging in difficulty from Class II to V. Trips often include camping, meals, river stories, and musical entertainment provided by the staff.