The United States has the largest concentration of commercial river runners than any other country in the world. River white water rafting continues to become a popular adventure among all generations, from Baby Boomers down the generation Y. A majority of the people who are on river white water rafting trips have rafted before, which means that once experienced, a return to the river is sure to come. With so many places to choose from, which rivers offer the best white water rafting trips in the country.
Most of these places and rivers offer a wide variety of trip options, ranging from short half-day river trips to longer multi-day excursions. Packages and trips durations vary depending on the location and outfitter of choice.
Colorado River, Arizona
Twisting its way through the Grand Canyon, the Colorado river is an icon of the American West. Running the river with a commercial service will ensure not only safety but passage on the river. The coveted non-commercial permits are first-come first-served and must be requested at least one year in advance.
Although it is only 76 miles, the Deerfield River, a Connecticut River tributary, is beautiful and popular. You will find white water rafting, boating, fishing, and swimming depending on where you are. There are also class II and III sections.
This particular Chattooga River begins in North Carolina, traveling to northeastern’s Georgia’s Lake Tugalo. You will find everything from calm pools to exciting rapids along the way. If you’ve seen the movie “Deliverance”, you will recognize some of the rapids.
Klamath River, California
Fishing and irrigation rights have been hotly debated on the Klamath for some time. But, what is truly hot are the series of runs that carve their way through the upper section of the Klamath river near Hell’s Corner.
This river travels destinations through the Canadian Rockies, Montana, and the Columbia River. The river is cold, but if you want natural beauty and class I rapids, then consider visiting it.