It’s time for rafting season, and this year is looking particularly excellent for thrill seekers looking for a little adventure just a short drive from Sacramento. Due to record snowfall this year, the high water means you will be able to book your rafting adventure seven days a week, most likely through Labor Day. 

If you are looking to experience the higher flows in the river, book earlier in the season. The record snowfall also makes for beautiful wildflowers. In wet years, the wildflowers make for spectacular views and photo ops during your ride. For inexperienced riders and large families, July through August is a great time to book your adventure.

If you are planning a rafting trip, it is important you book a tour with experienced guides. With the help of our partners at Visit El Dorado, we have compiled a list of some great early-season specials. And don’t forget to enjoy the sites in El Dorado before you make your way back to Sacramento.

All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting – Book by April 30, raft by June 30, and save 20 percent on your trip.

EarthTrek Expeditions offers group discounts to parties of 12 or more when booked online.

Raft California –  Save 20 percent on any trips that are booked and scheduled for May. That results in savings that range from $30 to $80/person, depending on the trip. 

OARS – Buy one, get one for 50 percent off when you book any AM Chili Bar trip on the South Fork of the American River in 2019, plus free camping and hot breakfast when requested at the time of reservation. OARS requires a minimum of eight people total (including other campers) to serve breakfast.

Tahoe Whitewater Tours – Book your whitewater adventure for any day in April and receive $25 off per person on any full-day adventure, and $10 off any half-day adventure. Book any day in May and receive $15 off per person on any full-day adventure, and $7 any half-day adventure. Offer ends May 31.

Tributary Whitewater Tours – Save up to $30 off early-season rafting trips and trips starting at $78, plus 8 percent river use fee. The one-day full river trip has been the most popular trip so far this season – fast and fun.

Whitewater Excitement offers a variety of rates and discounts depending on group size and the day of the planned trip. 

And when booking your rafting adventure, don't forget to book your stay in one of these great Sacramento hotels.