9:00am in Knights Ferry
Class I and II (Russian Rapids)
No meals provided
No experience required, minimum age 5 and must be able to swim
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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 3-5 hours total time.
Average trip 3-5 hours. Bring your lunch and drinks in a medium sized cooler only.
Your day with River Journey Adventures begins in the old gold mining town of Knights Ferry. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will set you up with the proper equipment (lifejackets, paddles and raft) and go through a complete safety orientation before your trip begins. Just load your cooler into the raft and off you go on your own adventure on the beautiful Stanislaus River. Here is a typical day on the river:
Check in at the Knights Ferry Rafting Customers Parking Area and look for the red River Journey Tent- Coordinates: 37.8166 -120.667
30 minutes - After gearing up for the trip and a safety orientation you will board the rafts. Our guides will prepare the equipment and begin a safety talk for all participants. Then our staff helps launch you on your self-guided adventure.
Mile One - 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 200 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.
2- 3 hours later Stop at Horseshoe Bend Park to eat your lunch alongside the river.
30 minutes later - You'll head downstream into another scenic section of the trip.
2:30PM-5:00PM - Take-out at Orange Blossom boat ramp and a short ride back to your car. Our lower Stanislaus trips usually provide lots of good stories and memories for our guests!
Meet us at the Knights Ferry Rafting Customers Parking Area (Coordinates: 37.8166 -120.667) and look for the River Journey Tent- google map directions here.
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.
* 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
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.
* Yosemite National Park Camping
* Holiday Inn - Oakdale
The Stanislaus River at Knights Ferry is great for any skill level, from river veteran to beginning paddler. Our experienced guides will give you a full safety orientation that includes river safety, paddling instruction, and their years of river knowledge. Most of our employees have grown up on this river and have been working for us for many years.