KF Raft Rental 10am Check in
The closest summertime rafting to the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley! You'll be surprised that such an entertaining river is located so close to home. This scenic float is just off the beaten path but it feels like you're in a different world, away from the hustle and stress of everyday life. The trip is wildly popular with experienced and inexperienced paddlers, especially on the weekends. This is due to the Stanislaus River's beautiful scenery, easy but fun rapids and ripples, great swimming holes and its close to home! This float trip is approximately 8 miles long and is ideal for families, church and business groups, as well as boy scouts and other civic organizations. Trip is 4-6 hours total time.
Your trip starts off in the historic town of Knights Ferry just below the covered bridge, the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi. There you will check in with our friendly staff, receive your lifejackets, paddles, raft(s), and safety orientation. After you feel comfortable and ready for your trip you will float through the town and directly into the biggest rapids of the day. Make sure you are ready for the Class II RUSSIAN RAPIDS and make sure you smile for the camera as your fun action photographs are taken at this point. They will be available for purchase at the end of the trip in the rafters parking area or at our river store in Knights Ferry.
The next two miles you will float through some of the most stunning sections of the lower Stanislaus River. Here you will see basalt cliffs teaming with cliff swallows who migrate here in the spring. You will also go through a blue heron and turkey volture rookery and catch a glimpse of our trout, salmon and other fish through the clean, clear flowing pools.
At mile 3 you will be able to see the famous "Lover's Leap" on the left side of the river. On the right side of the river is the undeveloped Lovers Leap recreation area. There are no bathrooms or trash cans so please pack out what you bring in.
At mile 5 is one of two parks that you can stop and have a picnic lunch. The first is Horseshoe Park and at mile 6 is Honolulu Bar. They both have restrooms and picnic areas. We recommend that you bring a small or medium sized cooler with your lunch and refreshments so you can stop at one of these riverfront parks and enjoy a picnic lunch.
The last 3 miles have some small riffles and crystal clear pools to swim in. There are a lot of homes on this stretch so please remember not to trespass, no matter how tempting those rope swings and green lawns look. Orange Blossom Park is the ending point of our full day trip where our shuttle bus will take you back to your cars in Knights Ferry. Make sure you check out your photos available to purchase in the rafters parking lot or back in our river store in town.
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.
Frequently asked questions
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.
THINGS TO BRING:
· Change of clothes and towels for after the river that you leave in your car
· Swimsuit/ shorts/hats
· Tennis shoes, sports sandals or wetsuit booties.
· Sunscreen and lip ointment
· Drinks and food for on the river (plastic bottles and cans only NO GLASS ALLOWED) in a MEDIUM size cooler only. NO COOLERS LARGER THAN 50 QUARTS ALLOWED!
THINGS NOT TO BRING:
EXPENSIVE ITEMS. YOU WILL BE PARKING IN A PUBLIC PARKING AREA. EVEN THOUGH IT IS PATROLLED BY THE PARK RANGERS THE PARKING AREA IS NOT WATCHED ALL THE TIME. RIVER JOURNEY ADVENTURES AND ITS AFFILIATES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS.
Places to stay near the Stanislaus River
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!:)