Truckee River Rafting

Rafting on the Truckee River Near Tahoe City
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The Truckee River begins near Carson Pass, Nevada and flows into Lake Tahoe, where water is released through a dam at Tahoe City, California.

Truckee River Rafting: Easy Floats

Most people who raft California's Truckee River take the scenic float from Tahoe City to River Ranch. These tips will help you make the most of your day.

  • Take your time. The river is beautiful, and you can take all day if you want.
  • Wear hats and sunscreen, and drink plenty of water.
  • Practice steering before you get to the rapids.
  • We rented our raft from the Truckee River Raft Rentals. They charge for parking across from their office in Tahoe City, but you can park at River Ranch and take their bus for free.

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As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary rafting trip for the purpose of reviewing it. While it has not influenced this review, believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.