Featuring a number of experience rafting guides and companies, the Trinity River can present a great experience for everyone from the experienced kayaker to being part of a great weekend outing of recreational activity for your family.
The upper reaches of the Trinity River from the Lewiston Dam to the mouth of the North Fork at Helena is a moderate stretch of river preferred by those more interested in relaxing, family oriented excursions rather than the excitement of whitewater. Most enjoy it by canoe, paddle board and inner tube.
The downriver section from the North Fork to Big Bar is the classic “Pigeon Point Run“, commonly known for it’s most accessible whitewater adventures with Class II – Class IV rapids. See below for a list of licensed outfitters that offer regular rafting guide trips on this section of the river.
The Burnt Ranch Gorge run, which begins at Cedar Flat and ends at the Hawkins Bar River Access is extreme class five whitewater and should only be run by experts experienced in heavy, technical rapids. There are a few licensed outfitters who offer trips through the Burnt Ranch Gorge.
A map of the USFS Trinity River pamphlet shows whitewater opportunities from Junction City to Burnt Ranch, as well as the Guide to Rafting and Kayaking on the Trinity River through the California Whitewater website.
For more information including a list of guides and rafting companies offering trips on the Trinity River, contact the Weaverville Ranger District office at 530-623-2121 or the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce at 530-623-6101.
There are many rafting companies up and down the Trinity River. Call around to find the best fit for you. Trinity River Rafting (Big Flat), Redwoods & Rivers (Del Loma), Bigfoot Rafting (Big Flat & Willow Creek), and 6 Rivers Rafting (Willow Creek).
For an extensive rapid-by-rapid guide to rafting the Trinity River check out the book “The New School Guide to Northern California Whitewater” by Dan Menten. The book can be purchased online, or at Strawhouse Cafe in Big Flat (right next to the Pigeon Point Run!)
Remember to stay safe while having fun on the river!