Family Rafting Information Trips

Family rafting on the Stanislaus River is the best! We have kids of our own from 5 to 13 and they love the Stanislaus!  As parents we thought we would share some information with you to make your day as enjoyable as can be.  1. For starters all of our trips are for ages 5 and up, so you can bring your kids for a fun day on the river.  The rapids and ripples are fun, they great for beginners, and there are many points where you can jump out of the boat to swim and float in your lifejacket. 2.  Please be aware that this is a public river.  We may be able to control how many ice chests are allowed in each raft but that doesn't mean other companies or private boaters do. 3.  If you would like to stay away from the louder and more boisterous crowds, try to avoid Saturdays in July and August on the Knights Ferry run.  If you do choose to go on a Saturday why not choose our Class I Oakdale SUPERFLOAT (crowds are smaller) or come to Knights Ferry at 9am (more party focused groups tend to check in at 11am). 4. Please be aware that the Knights Ferry run is about 3-5 hours in length while the Oakdale SUPERFLOAT is 2-3 hours in length.  Many families opt for the Oakdale SUPERFLOAT just for that reason and then move up to the Knights Ferry trip for a few more rapids and ripples. 5.  Have enough paddlers!  Both stretches of the Stanislaus have some calm areas, especially at lower water.  Make sure you have at a minimum 2 adults that are willing to paddle in each boat.  If you have a group of 9 or 10 (or 17-20) with a lot of kids than just request the 10 person rafts so then you have plenty of paddling power. That is a lot, but regardless this is a great trip for children and families.  This trip is also popular with youth groups, sports and swim teams, and high school team-building.  We even have the only private campgrounds on the river so why not make a weekend out of it.  If you need help planning a trip call us at 209-847-4671.  

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Private Guided Rafting Trip

Enjoy the Stanislaus like we have not seen it in 20 years, with the safety of one of our guides!  Meet us in the quaint gold-mining town of Knights Ferry which makes for a great place to explore after the trip!  Here we will check you in, have you sign waivers, and get you all geared up for the trip.  After meeting our guides you will get a professional safety orientation.  Then you will take off with your guide on the river.  Enjoy beautiful scenery, intriguing history and a fast flowing river while our swiftwater rescue trained guides (many with 10+ years experience) help keep you safe on your trip down the river. At Horseshoe Park we will serve snacks and drinks for you.  Various cut fruit, meat and cheese and cracker platter and hummus and carrots, along with a choice of water or soda. We will relax for about 20 minutes and enjoy the scenery and kids can swim in the calm waters. Then we will leave Horseshoe Park for the last 3 miles on the river trip.  Enjoy more beautiful scenery and fun currents until we end the trip at Orange Blossom Park.  Once you get there we will load up on the shuttle and head back to Knights Ferry.  There you can stop by our store and check out your photos, purchase souvenirs, and of course get a world-renown ice cream at the Knights Ferry Creamery.

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