Wilderness Rafting on the Klamath River
In collaboration with Tributary Whitewater, Tahoe Summer Camps is offering exclusive whitewater rafting trips on the Klamath River along the Oregon, California border! Tributary Whitewater is one of the best rafting outfitters in the western United States – with over 40 years of rafting experience on the American River, Truckee River, Yuba River, Trinity River, Klamath River and more. Tributary Whitewater river guides are first aid, CPR, Wilderness First Aid and Swiftwater Rescue Certified and typically have 5+ years of experience.
The Klamath River flows from a broad patchwork of lakes and marshes at the foot of the Cascade Mountains on the California-Oregon border and winds southwest into California.
This white water rafting and camping trip along the Lower Klamath River is one of the most memorable wilderness rafting experiences Tributary Whitewater + TSC offers. The rapids are Class 2-3+ which is enough excitement fun but yet not too big, perfect for someone looking to step into a multi-day river rafting trip. Camp zones have large sandy beaches along the river great for swimming and playing in the warm waters. One of the highlights of the trip is the hike to Ukunom Falls. On the 2nd river day we stop where Ukonom Creek flows into the Lower Klamath River and begin to hike up the creek. We end at Ukunom waterfall, and have time to swim, enjoy the natural beauty and take photos (GoPro or other waterproof camera is ideal). Fishing and inflatable kayak offerings will be available to campers too!
Experienced Tahoe Summer Camps guides will accompany campers on each trip as well. Meals, accommodations, transportation, tents, safety gear and more will be provided, please see overview of what to bring below.
This is a one of a king rafting adventures spanning five day, four night adventures, that begin and end at Tahoe Summer Camps base camp, Tahoe Expedition Academy. This trip is designed for campers 11 to 14 years old and will navigate the Class 2 and 3+ class rapids of the Lower Klamath.
Lead Guide - Anne Sullivan
Anne Sullivan is originally from Minnesota but moved to Colorado after high school to pursue her love for the outdoors. During her time in Colorado, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Studies with a minor in Outdoor Education. She then began her career in the outdoors as the Program Manager for the Outdoor Education program at Colorado Mountain College. More recently, she has taken on the role of Fieldwork Coordinator at Tahoe Expedition Academy, a role she has excelled in for over three years.
Anne has a strong passion for the outdoors and has a wealth of experience in leading various outdoor activities. She has led river trips on several rivers across the American West, including the Yampa, Gates of Ladore, Middle Fork of the Salmon River, and the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the river with others.
Anne also has extensive training in outdoor safety and first aid, including swift water rescue, Wilderness First Responder, and Wilderness Mental Health First Aid. These skills are crucial for the challenges and demands of the backcountry. When she’s not on the river, Anne can be found leading backpacking trips, canyoneering, mountain biking, and paddleboarding on the river. Her diverse skill set and love for the outdoors make her a valuable asset in the field of outdoor education and adventure.
Experience Requirement – All campers on the Rafting trip must meet the following requirements.
- Participants must be able to swim.
- Comfortable sleeping away from home.
- Outdoor Camping experience
- Whitewater Rafting experience (Optional, though helps to have rafted the American River with us)
Klamath River – Class 2/3+ Rapids
- Ages: Designed for girls and boys 11 – 14 years old.
- Trip Dates: See below for scheduled trip dates.
- Capacity: Limited to 14 campers.
Where: Monday morning campers will check in and prep trip departure at Tahoe Expedition Academy (TEA) located at 9765 Shaffer Mill Rd. Truckee, CA 96161. Campers will travel north to Klamath River put in at the Indian Creek confluence, this is a ~ 6.5 hr drive one way. Participants and WFR certified river guides will set camp ~ 4 hours north of Truckee off the Volcanic Scenic Byway (HWY 89) to enjoy the great outdoors, and help smooth the trek north. The next morning campers will break camp and hit the Klamath River around lunch time. This trip offers campers great meals along the river, three days on the river, 24-28 miles of wilderness river travel, sandy river side camping locations, and more. On Friday, campers will pack up from the river and load vehicles south for Truckee with an anticipated 5pm arrival at TEA. A detailed itinerary will be shared prior to each trip.
What to Bring:
- Water bottle
- Tennis shoes or River Sandals (NO FLIP FLOPS)
- Sunhat or visor
- UVF Shirt
- Nylon Windbreaker
- Head strap for sunglasses
- Waterproof Sunscreen
- Towel, dry clothes, and shoes for wearing around camp
- Sleeping Bag
- Extra pair of sunglasses (optional)
*A tent & sleeping pad will be provided for each participant.
Camp Price: $1250.00 (Save $50 by booking before March 1st)