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Truckee River Float

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Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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  • Rafters enjoying the float down the Truckee River.- Truckee River Float
  • Truckee River Float.- Truckee River Float
  • Shallow bars afford an opportunity to get out and stretch the legs.- Truckee River Float
  • Mellow rapids break up the flat stretches.- Truckee River Float
  • Put-in near the Higway 89 Truckee River Bridge.- Truckee River Float
  • Raft supply near put-in.- Truckee River Float
  • Shuttle buses provided by rafting outfitters transport rafters from take-out to put-in.- Truckee River Float
  • Rafters line up for the Truckee River float.- Truckee River Float
  • - Truckee River Float
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Relaxing summertime cool-off. Family-friendly. Shuttle service.
Cons: 
River flows next to Highway 89.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
High
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Put-in location (lat, long coordinates): 
Tahoe City / Highway 89 bridge crossing
Take-out location (lat, long coordinates): 
River Ranch Inn
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Naturally, summertime in Tahoe draws attention toward the water. While Lake Tahoe itself is the star attraction, those in search of a fun, social water activity can take a float down the Truckee River. Floating the Truckee offers a relaxing way to cool off when the Sierra summer sun is at its peak.  Floaters can bring their own equipment or hire a raft (self-guided) from one of two outfitters.

Flowing out of the northwest corner of the lake at Tahoe City, the Truckee runs north through a forested river canyon. The first 5 miles of the river, the float stretch, are calm with the occasional light rapid to break up the flat water. The float takes between 2-3 hours, passing through meadows and opening to occasional mountain views. The river parallels Highway 89, which sees a fair amount of summer traffic, but with attention focused on enjoying the river and cooling off, you'll hardly even notice. A shallow river bottom and plenty of accessible banks afford the opportunity to stop and soak up the setting along the way. The take-out is located at River Ranch Inn, near the entrance to Alpine Meadows.

Two rafting outfitters, Truckee River Raft Co and Truckee River Rafting, both located west of the Highway 89 bridge in Tahoe City, provide a free shuttle service with the raft rental. Floaters can either opt to leave cars at take-out and ride the shuttle at the beginning, which is recommended due to limited parking at put-in, or park at put-in and ride the shuttle following the float.

Visit the following links for additional information on Truckee River rafting outfitters:
truckeeriverraft.com
truckeeriverrafting.com

 

 

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