Trip DetailsHot Deals for Group Rafting
Trip Length: 1 Day
Minimum Age: 5 yrs
We love to see young people on the river away from the other distractions of the world. Have a great time on the river with your youth group, scout troop or sports team! We make every part of your trip as easy as possible so you can enjoy the experience with the kids. Prices listed are base prices and do not include discounts. Give us a call or fill out your quote request for your best price, guaranteed!
Thousands of scouts, church groups and youth sports teams could not be wrong. This is the trip for your organization. Whether they are young or old, experienced or beginners, our adventures on the Stanislaus River are for everyone!
Why choose River Journey Adventures?
River Journey Adventures has been providing our guests with the highest quality rafting trips possible since 1985. River Journey Adventures knows how to make your trip a first class experience from start to finish and here are some reaasons why:
Reservations made easy! Our online reservations are the best in the business. Book online, set up a group reservation with everyone paying separately, or just putting a deposit and paying cash at check-in. We set up what works for your group.
Flexibility for groups- We're a small company so we can personalize any trip for your group. Whether you have an overnight scout group or a day church trip, we'll customize our trips just for you.From holding your reservation without payment to customizing your company adventure, we're just a phone call away so give us a call!
Group Planning Experts!- If you are shopping around for a group event, we will quote you a special group price. we'll even hold the space open for you, with no payment, until you've collected from everyone in your party.
Competitive prices, family rates and very generous group discounts. Early and late season discounts.
State of the art equipment. We use Hyside and Sotar Rafts- the best in the business. Many of our rafts are self-bailing as well!
Unbelievable Facilities! We own our own camp on the Stanislaus River and we're proud to have the nicest camping area on the Stanislaus River.
Guided trips- Our guides are some of the most experienced paddle captains on the river. They know all the tricks to make our trips fun for all ages!
And above all - our Friendly Staff -Our office staff, guides and drivers are all personable, professional and fun to be around. Our highly skilled guides are always getting requested by our return guests and they love to show you a good time on the river!!!
10:00AM - Check in at the Knights Ferry Rafting Customers Parking Area. On weekends look for the red River Journey Tent. On weekdays look for us by the yellow rafts by the river.
10:15AM - After gearing up for the trip and a safety orientation you will board the rafts at the Knights Ferry Visitor's center. Our guides will prepare the equipment and begin a safety talk for all participants.
10:30AM - Trip departs on river. The first half mile serves as a nice warm-up with several fun riffles. You'll then come to "Russian Rapid" a 50 yard long class 2 rapid that is the biggest thrill of the day. Smile for your photos! After running this rapid you'll come across a few calm pools with clear water and stunning scenery.
12:00PM Lunch - Stop at Horseshoe Bend Park to eat your lunch alongside the river.
1:00PM - You'll head downstream into another scenic section of the trip.
3:30PM - Take-out and a short ride back to your car. We will have your photos available to purchase at the parking lot and in our river store in Knights Ferry. Come by after your trip and enjoy and ice cream while you purchase other photos and river souvenirs. Our lower Stanislaus trips usually provide lots of good stories and memories for our guests!
Driving Directions to the Stanislaus River- See maps page for links.
From the San Francisco Bay Area: Take Highway 580 east towards Tracy, CA. 580 will merge into Highway 205 a few miles after you cross over the Altamont Pass. After you go through Tracy you will merge onto Interstate 5 north. Stay in the right lane. Go 1 mile after the merge and exit at Highway 120 east. This will take you to Manteca. From Manteca follow the highway 120 east signs to the Knights Ferry Exit (11 miles past Oakdale. Highway 120 takes many turns so please follow the signs closely. When you exit 120 left onto the frontage road (Kennedy Rd.) follow the signs to the Stanislaus River parks. We will meet you at the "Rafting Customer Parking Area" at the Stanislaus River Park.
Knights Ferry is on the north side of highway 120. Driving time: 2 hours from SF.
From Southern or Central California: Take Highway 99 north to the Highway 120 east exit at Manteca, CA. From Manteca follow the highway 120 east signs to the Knights Ferry Exit (11 miles past Oakdale. Highway 120 takes many turns so please follow the signs closely. When you exit 120 left onto the frontage road (Kennedy Rd.) follow the signs to the Stanislaus River parks. We will meet you at the "Rafting Customer Parking Area" at the Stanislaus River Park.
From Sacramento or Northen California: Take Highway 99 South to the Highway 120 east exit at Manteca, CA. From Manteca follow the highway 120 east signs to the Knights Ferry Exit (11 miles past Oakdale. Highway 120 takes many turns so please follow the signs closely. When you exit 120 left onto the frontage road (Kennedy Rd.) follow the signs to the Stanislaus River parks. We will meet you at the "Rafting Customer Parking Area" at the Stanislaus River Park.
From Yosemite National Park and Sonora CA: Take Highway 120 West to the Knights Ferry exit. Turn right onto Kennedy Road. Just past the "50's Road House" restaurant turn right on Sonora Road. Follow this to the Rafting Customer's Parking Area on the left just before you cross over the bridge.
Frequently asked questions
* When is the best time of the year to go on a Stanislaus River rafting tour?
The Stanislaus River has rafting nearly year round but our trips run from April through October. Early season has the best water flows.
* Do I have to know how to swim well?
We require that all participants must be able to swim. We do provide high quality lifejackets. We ask that they are worn at all times. If you cannot swim we recommend our guided trips.
* Will I need a wetsuit?
No, spring, summer and fall rafting on class II rivers does not require a wetsuit.
* What should I bring?
You need to bring shorts, swim suit, t-shirt, foot protection (old tennis shoes, booties or sport sandals), and a dry set of clothes for your ride home. Everything that you wear will get wet so plan accordingly. Please do not bring valuable items (i.e. expensive clothes or shoes, jewelry, non-waterproof cameras or other items) on the raft.
For camping trips bring all the camping equipment you need (even the kitchen sink if required) since our Stanislaus River campground has drive-in camping. We have lists of equipment recommended for all trips on our "what to bring" page for each trip. Do not bring pets to any of our trips.
* Is lunch provided?
Lunch is not provided on this trip
* How often do trips on the Stanislaus River run?
We run trips seven days a week from April through September on The Stanislaus River.
* How many people go with each trip?
During midweek we have smaller sized groups and the rivers are generally less crowded making the solitude of the trip much better than on weekends. On Saturdays weekends we generally book out so make your reservations as soon as possible. Sundays are usually less crowded than Saturdays. Early and late season are less busy than prime season. We can fit up to 8 people in each rafts although we do have a few 10 man rafts available.
* What if the weather is bad?
We will run in any condition of weather or may give everyone the option to take a rain-check credit if the weather is extremely unpleasant at the check-in point. After April, the weather is usually perfect for rafting.
* Can we request a guide?
If we have at least 1 week notice we will make every effort possible to schedule a guide for an extra charge.
* Is there a limit on what we can take?
The rafts can hold one medium sized cooler. Oversized and wheeled coolers will not be allowed.
* Can we still raft if we have young children (under 5 years)?
All of our trips are for ages 5 and older.
All of our trips include your raft, lifejacket, and paddle for each person. Shuttle ride and safety orientation also included.
WHAT TO BRING ON YOUR TRIP
* Food & drinks Including plenty of water (cans & plastic) NO GLASS BOTTLES!
* Small to medium sized cooler (no large wheeled coolers allowed)
* Tennis shoes or sandals
* Swimsuit, shorts & a tee-shirt
* Trash Bag
WHAT NOT TO BRING ON YOUR TRIP
* Cell phones
* Automatic door openers
* Anything you don’t want to lose or get wet
* Glass bottles
* Styrofoam coolers
Places to stay near the Stanislaus River
Knights Ferry has only one campground that is run by River Journey and is exclusive for our rafting guests only. (Regardless of what the internet says as Knightsferrycamping.com does not exist anymore.) Please call for reservations. This is a great place to have your retreat or weekend trip with your youth team or group.
Lodging is available in Oakdale, California which is about 10 miles away. We are a one hour drive from Yosemite National Park which provides camping and lodging in a spectacular setting.
* Stanislaus River Campground - Knights Ferry
* Yosemite National Park Camping
* Holiday Inn - Oakdale
This is very well organized. The staff is very helpful and friendly. It's is a pretty easy float and very kid friendly. Be prepared to get soaked and make sure to come equipped with super soakers. The water was pretty low and not moving very fast when I went so we definitely had to paddle hard! It makes for a decent upper body workout! It's great that they provide transportation back to your vehicle. Overall pretty fun!:)
Jen G. Modesto, CA 8/18/2010 (from Yelp)
Great fun and definitely not as crowded as the American River in Sacramento so that's a major plus. Check out River Journey for all rentals http://www.riverjourne.... It's a very chill river and is a great way to spend about 2-3 hours on a hot day for about $20 and comes with a shuttle ride back to your starting point.
Margaret N. Sunnyvale, CA 3/2/2010 (from Yelp)