The Best Rafting Trip in (Almost) Every State (2023)

We’ve compiled 40 of the best rafting trips in the U.S. Use the following recommendations as a checklist, perhaps a bucket list, of river destinations that tell the story of a beautiful country. From deep wilderness multi-day trips and family-friendly floats to urban whitewater park adventures, each state’s character shines through in its rivers.

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1) Alabama: Chattahoochee River

The longest urban whitewater rafting trip in the world can be found on a 2.5 mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River that runs between Phenix City, Alabama and Columbus, Georgia. The Chattahoochee Whitewater Park was created when city planners decided to makeover the Chattahoochee and transform the industrial urban waterway into a recreation outpost. River engineers created finely-tuned rapids within the river that range from Class III-IV+ depending on water flow which is controllable and can reach 13,000 cfs at its peak.

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2) Alaska: Tatshenshini River

Perhaps the most rugged, remote and raw rafting experience in any state, a multi-day trip on Alaska’s Tatshenshini provides a classic Alaskan wilderness experience. From glacial moraines and floating icebergs to grizzly sightings and float plane shuttles, a rafting trip on the “Tat” is unparalleled. Be prepared to enter “Scenic Overdose Syndrome” on this trip.

3) Arizona: Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

If a 2-week rafting trip through the Grand Canyon hasn’t made it to the top of your list, go ahead and move it to number one. The experience of descending through layers upon layers of ancient rock as big, fun whitewater rapids transport you to your next dream campsite just can’t be missed for any rafting enthusiast. Add in the side hike opportunities and no other form of recreation offers a more intimate and comprehensive experience in the Grand Canyon than floating the river.

4) Arkansas: Mulberry River

Get the kids out for a family-friendly float on the Mulberry River in Arkansas’ Ozark region. Gentle rapids mean you can navigate your own raft without a guide for a great bonding experience and personalized day on the river. The river offers a tour of quintessential Ozark scenery: narrow canyons, dense woods and tree-lined bluffs. Arkansas designated the Mulberry as a State Scenic River, which led it to be included in the Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers system protecting this rafting recreation resource for generations to come.

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5) California: Tuolumne River

“The best rafting trip in California is the Tuolumne River in the Stanislaus National Forest just outside of Yosemite National Park,” according to Tyler Wendt, who grew up on California rivers and is now the general manager of OARS. “This gorgeous stretch of designated Wild and Scenic river runs through 18 miles of uninterrupted wilderness, and serves up action-packed Class IV whitewater excitement from start to finish, numerous options for side-canyon exploration, phenomenal fishing and consistent summertime flows due to releases from upstream reservoirs.”

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6) Colorado: Yampa River

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains produce countless whitewater rafting trips that would take years to tick off your list. However, the Yampa has a special characteristic that other rivers in the state can’t offer. “While most rivers in the Colorado Basin have been dammed and diverted, the Yampa runs free,” says American Rivers’ Amy Kober. Exciting Class III rapids, vivid canyon colors and stories of outlaw hideouts make a trip on the Yampa River one of the best multi-day rafting excursions in the country. “It’s a special thing to be able to float a truly wild river,” says Kober.

7) Connecticut: Housatonic River

Connecticut’s original name “Quinnehtuckqut,” or land of the winding tidalrivers, is a paradise for canoers and kayakers. And while whitewater is a bit hard to come by, in northwestern Connecticut there can be a very short, but excellent, springtime rafting season on the Housatonic where paddlers can find a 2-mile, Class IV stretch of challenging whitewater. Mostly, however, paddlers opt for the more reliable 10-mile stretch of scenic, do-it-yourself rafting near the picturesque New England town of West Cornwall.

8) Florida: Suwanee River

While Florida “rafting trips” or more float trips and may not have mountain ranges and the accompanying whitewater, the state does have incredible scenery with the occasional spicy interlude of whitewater for kayakers and canoeists. Take the Suwanee River through Big Shoals State Park, which features the biggest rapids in the entire state. Most river users opt for lazy floats and picnics on riverside sandy beaches through the state park and a portage around Big Shoals rapid. However, this Class II-III rapid is a fun whitewater punch for paddlers.

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9) Georgia: Chattooga

At the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains, Georgia has great river running options. However, a trip to the southeast must include a descent of the legendary Chattooga River, flowing along the border of Georgia and South Carolina. Whitewater rafting through the boulder gardens, rock slides and waterfalls of the Chattooga forged Olympic paddlers and incited the popularity of rafting over the past 40 decades. Section 4 of the river includes rapids such as Bull Sluice, Woodall Shoals, Five Falls and Sock-em-dog—names known to nearly every whitewater paddler in the nation.Also see: Chattahoochee River (Alabama).

10) Idaho: Middle Fork of the Salmon River

As classic as it gets, the Middle Fork Salmon River rafting trip through Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness has long held the title for the most spectacular multi-day rafting experience in the country, and certainly in Idaho. Exhilarating whitewater rapids link together for an incredible adventure through Idaho’s finest mountain landscape. When not enjoying the river’s clear water and paddling thrills, hiking in the surrounding alpine forests or soaking in multiple hot springs will immerse you even more in this storied wilderness.

11) Illinois: Big Vermillion River

On your next cross-country drive, consider a pit stop to enjoy Illinois’ best rafting on the Vermillion River. Considered a great beginner trip, local outfitters will rent you a raft to take on the river’s Class I-II rapids. When rains have filled the banks with more water, these rapids can get more rowdy and require experience. Rapids are plentiful, but mostly end in long pools that allow beginners to recuperate if any unexpected action occurs.

12) Indiana: Whitewater River

While named the Whitewater River, this Indiana rafting classic will not necessarily include big waves and surges of adrenaline. Instead, this river offers a steep gradient with steady swiftwater and scenic forest views. Many river runners opt to captain their own raft, but guided trips provide excellent interpretation of the river’s history and natural features.

13) Iowa: Charles City Whitewater Park on the Cedar River

The reconstructed Cedar River used to be a source of potential deaths if swimmers encountered one of the deadly low-head dams along the river. Today, the dams have been removed and the Charles City Whitewater Park now provides river enjoyment for whitewater boaters and an annual economic impact of more than $700,000 for the town. A win for whitewater. You’ll have to bring your own raft to take on these rapids, but the surf waves are sure to make your efforts worthwhile.

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14) Kentucky: Russell Fork

When fall leaves begin to cover Kentucky’s small mountain roads, scheduled dam releases fill the Russell Fork and elite kayakers and rafters flock to the area for the legendary Class IV-V action. Certainly not for beginners, this top Kentucky rafting destination demands highly technical and strong paddling for any raft team looking to descend the four miles of this steep creek. Paddlers often camp out for a weekend and run the river multiple times each day, allowing you to really immerse yourself (ideally not literally) in this Kentucky classic.

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15) Maine: Penobscot River

Flowing south of Mt. Katahdin, the famed final summit of the Appalachian Trail, the Penobscot River is Maine’s top whitewater rafting destination. An upstream dam provides consistent water to create water features such as falls, holes and surf spots in rapids ranging from Class III-V. However, be sure to look up from the whitewater chaos to appreciate Maine’s spectacular scenery and avoid any unwanted Moose encounters.

16) Maryland: Upper Youghiogheny River

In the far west arm of Maryland the Upper Yough is unequivocally the best rafting destination in the state and the greater Washington DC area. During the release days when water flows out of the upstream dam, you’ll find rafters and kayakers lining up at the put-in to descend this classic eastern steep creek. Rafters typically pick smaller crews of 3 to 5 people for their rafts to better navigate the nearly continuous and technical Class IV-V rapids. On busy days, take a lunch break at National Falls and watch boats maneuver from Triple Drop into the falls – hopefully upright!

17) Massachusetts: Deerfield River

The 3-mile section of the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts called the Dryway has fostered a strong community of Northeast paddlers, and for good reason. The advanced whitewater rapids within this short section are a perfect goal for beginner and intermediate paddlers who are building their skills on other sections of the Deerfield. Rafters can jump on a day trip and experience the northern Berkshire Mountains.

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18) Michigan: Menominee River

The short, but power-packed rapids on the Menominee River have been claimed by many as the best whitewater in Michigan, despite technically flowing on the border with Wisconsin. A deep gorge and large, dramatic rapids make this day trip a unique experience in the Midwest. Some outfitters allow guests to take a look at the final Piers Gorge rapids and opt to portage if it looks too risky for their tastes.

19) Minnesota: St. Louis River

In a state known for its 10,000+ lakes, the St. Louis River may seem like an anomaly. Flowing through Northern Minnesota, the river provides Class II-IV whitewater action for rafters and kayakers in a one-day punch. You’ll still experience the North Country landscape rich with wildlife and water, but with a paddle in your hand and a wave hitting you in the face.

20) Missouri: Saint Francis River

’The Saint’ offers smooth granite-lined rapids that are full of character and beautiful uninterrupted scenery,” claims Missouri native and renowned kayak instructor Paul Kuthe. “The river is easy to access and can have an awesome big-water feel during high-water events. You’re instantly transported to a place that feels more like a mountain stream rather than something you’d find in the Midwest. It’s definitely worth a stop if you’re anywhere near the area when it rains. People flock from eight states to soak in this beauty.”

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21) Montana: Middle Fork Flathead River

Draining from the southern edge of Glacier National Park, the Middle Fork Flathead’s pristine water quality, deep forest shorelines and geologic rainbow riverbed hypnotize rafters as they make their way downstream. This premier Wild and Scenic River can be broken into sections for a deep wilderness multi-day trip (plane, horse or foot access only) or a roadside day trip for fishing and rowdy whitewater action. No matter which section you float, keep an eye out for bear tracks, eagles and huckleberry patches.

22) Nevada: Black Canyon of the Colorado

The section of the Lower Colorado River flowing out of Hoover Dam known as the Black Canyon Water Trail may be overshadowed by the upstream Grand Canyon, but is absolutely worth a few days of floating if you’re in the area. It is certainly the best rafting in Nevada. This stretch does not require years of waiting for permits and transports rafters through some incredible scenery. Great for families, this gentle float trip includes lots of side canyon exploring, active hot springs, waterfalls and beautiful geologic formations.

23) New Hampshire: Androscoggin River

A great half-day rafting trip can be found on the Androscoggin River in northern New Hampshire, especially if younger family members or trepidatious first-time rafters are part of your group. Typical river trips lap the Class II-III rapids several times, providing opportunity to take new lines and increase your comfort on the river.

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24) New Jersey: Delaware River

Found along the borders of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, the Delaware River attracts visitors from everywhere on the East Coast. Rent a raft or canoe to float, picnic and relax with family and friends for a day, or opt to load up your boat with camping equipment and spend several days on the water. Designated as Wild and Scenic, many sections of this river meander through tall cliffs with distinctive ecological zones and feature buildings that date back to Colonial Times.

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25) New Mexico: Rio Grande

Just outside of Taos, New Mexico, the ground drops away into the 850-foot-deep Rio Grande Gorge. A geologic wonder in a spectacular desert environment, the Rio Grande River flows through this chasm and offers several different sections of rafting depending on your lust for adventure. The Lower Taos Box of the Rio Grande delivers big Class IV rapids in the deepest depths of the canyon while the Racecourse section downstream offers plentiful Class III waves and rapids for an intermediate day.

26) New York: Hudson River

Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, the Hudson River makes for the best all-around rafting trip in New York State. The season to catch the Hudson starts in spring as snow melts and extends into the summer months with dam releases, making for a longer time period to catch this whitewater gem. For 16 miles you’ll paddle through Class III-IV whitewater, 500-foot granite cliffs and rich New England forest ecosystems.Also see: Delaware River (New Jersey)

27) North Carolina: Nantahala River

Nearly every Southerner has a story about their trip down the Nantahala River. This top rafting destination in western North Carolina has been known to launch first-time rafters into a lifetime of rafting. Rafts can be guided or unguided along this narrow and crisp waterway through a quintessential Smokey Mountain forest. The trip ends (and the storytelling begins) just upstream of the Nantahala Outdoor Center at the Class III Nantahala Falls.

28) Oklahoma: Oklahoma River

River engineers revitalized the Oklahoma River from a muddy ditch running through Oklahoma City to a recreation hotspot and the state’s best rafting destination. Riversport Adventures whitewater park at the Boathouse District allows urbanites to experience the thrill of rafting anytime, while athletes can come to train and hone their skills. At the center, recirculated water with adjustable flows creates Class II-IV whitewater experiences that everyone from beginners to experts can enjoy.

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29) Oregon: Rogue River

Among so many legendary rivers, picking Oregon’s top rafting destination is tricky. However, the Rogue River in the southwestern Siskiyou Mountains remains a true classic. The 3- to 5-day adventure is one of the best all-around river trips in the country. Swimming spots, iconic rapids, rugged scenery, wildlife, historic homesteads and more make the Rogue a crowd-pleaser for river runners of every age and ability.

30) Pennsylvania: Lower Youghiogheny River

In the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania, the Lower Yough tumbles over bedrock and boulders all year long. However, in the summer months, this rafting destination becomes a mecca for paddlers. Many opt to navigate their own raft, but at higher spring flows you’ll find a guide in each raft. Beginners to experts love this stretch of river nestled in Ohiopyle State Park and often find themselves floating it year after year.Also see: Delaware River (New Jersey).

31) South Carolina: Chattooga River (see Georgia)
32) Tennessee: Nolichucky River

An aspiring Wild and Scenic River, the Nolichucky in eastern Tennessee transports rafters into a beautiful forested gorge with great whitewater action – 25 named rapids to be exact! The Nolichucky Gorge, the Southeast’s deepest gorge, houses most of the bigger whitewater action while the lower stretch of the river makes for great family floating fun.

33) Texas: Rio Grande River

One river and the top rafting destination for two states, the Rio Grande in Texas also boasts a narrow gorge and incredible scenery for rafters, albeit different formations than in New Mexico. Tall limestone cliffs and the infamous Rock Slide Rapid make rafting through Santa Elena Canyon a committing adventure. Lower stretches of the river offer hot springs and gentle currents through the Big Bend area.

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34) Utah: Colorado River through Cataract Canyon

Legendary whitewater and peaceful sections of flat water through dramatic canyon scenery, combined with unprecedented access to Canyonlands National Park, epic hikes and camping on huge sandy beaches put a trip on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon at the top of the list when it comes to the best Utah rafting experiences. Not to mention, in spring and early summer, Cataract Canyon’s infamous Big Drops can be some of the biggest rapids in North America.

35) Vermont: West River

Vermont’s best whitewater rafting can only be experienced on a few special spring and fall days when water tumbles from an upstream dam to create eight miles of whitewater on the West River. Flowing into the heart of Jamaica State Park, granite boulders create exciting Class III-IV rapids while lush forest and scenic side streams dominate the scenery.

36) Virginia: Shenandoah River

Flowing through one of Virginia’s most popular outdoor destinations, the Shenandoah River allows rafting enthusiasts to experience the rolling, forested foothills of the Appalachian Mountains from the relaxing drift of a boat. While most visitors opt to stay in their vehicles on Skyline Drive, exploring the area by river allows a much more peaceful and true natural experience.

37) Washington: White Salmon River

Volcanic eruptions and massive glacial floods dramatically carved the Columbia River Gorge and the White Salmon River valley thousands of years ago. Today, the river’s basalt rock and continuous underground springs make it Washington’s top whitewater rafting destination. Blue water gushes from basalt aquifers and tumbles over Class III-V rapids for one of the best half-day rafting trips in the country. Hold on for Husum Falls, one of the tallest navigable waterfalls for rafts in the world.

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38) West Virginia: Gauley River

West Virginia wouldn’t be the same without the Gauley River. This premier rafting destination is where the East Coast’s rafting culture began. The weekend dam releases in the fall attract boaters from across the world to experience the Gauley’s big water, Class V rafting and kayaking in rapids like Pillow, Lost Paddle and Sweets Falls. The scene here can’t be replicated on any other river with boaters perched on rocks watching the action throughout the entire run.

39) Wisconsin: Wolf River

Orange water colored by the tannins in the foliage meanders through thick forests and over bedrock rapids for Wisconsin’s top rafting destination on the Wolf River. Gentle sections upstream offer family floating or kayak instruction while the stretch between Otter Slide Landing and Big Smokey Falls offers six miles of Class III-IV rapids through a narrow canyon. The Menominee Tribe manages the land surrounding this section of the Wolf, so you need to get permission if you plan to go without an outfitter.Also see: Menominee River (Michigan)

40) Wyoming: Snake River

A great western waterway, the Snake River originates in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks making it Wyoming’s top whitewater rafting trip. Imagine floating through these American landscapes where the idea of wilderness protection has long been treasured. Moose, elk, river otter, bears, and other local inhabitants frequent the shores at the base of snow-capped peaks. Choose a relaxing and scenic float through Grand Teton National Park or head downstream of Jackson to find big water rapids.

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Photos from top: Middle Fork Salmon River – Becca Skinner; Tatshenshini River – Justin Bailie; Tuolumne River – Justin Bailie; Chattooga – Nantahala Outdoor Center; Russell Fork – Breaks Interstate Park; Menominee River – Northwoods Adventures; Middle Fork Flathead – Glacier Raft Co.; Rio Grande River – Bob Wick/BLM; Rogue River – James Kaiser; Cataract Canyon – Greg Von Doersten; Gauley River – ACE Adventure Resort


How do you use rafting in a sentence? ›

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What city is river rafting famous? ›


One of the best destinations for river rafting in India, especially in the southern part of the country is Barapole in Coorg, Karnataka. There are two types of stretches in the river, which are divided among the upper side of the river and the lower side of the river.

Where is world's highest rafting point? ›

Indus and Zanskar river meet here and locally knows as "Sangam Point". Tourist can have a bird's eye view from Leh-Srinagar highway. For a close look, there is a nice downhill road to confluence. This point is known as the highest river rafting point in the word which is elevated 11600 feet from sea level.

Which is the longest river rafting in India? ›

The four most popular commercial rafting rivers are the Ganges, Beas, Indus and Teesta. Uttaranchal in the north is home to many world-class white-water rivers, with easy access from Delhi.

Which season is best for river rafting? ›

The ideal time to indulge in rafting is during the month of monsoon between June and October. It is not advisable to visit this place during the summer season as scorching heat will lower the level of water in the river.

Is rafting safe? ›

Statistically Rafting Is Extremely Safe

Statistically, there are fewer fatalities each year for whitewater rafting than recreational swimming or even bicycling. If you're choosing a reputable rafting company and following all prescribed guidelines, rafting can be a very safe and enjoyable activity.

Which is the No 1 river in India? ›

Ganges (2525 KM)

10 Rivers In India: Ganga or Ganges is the longest and most sacred river in India. People worship it as goddess Ganga. This river also has many mythological stories associated with it. This longest and largest river in India originates from the Himalayas from a glacier named Gangotri.

How is rafting done? ›

Rafting is a sport in which rafters use an inflatable raft to race with other teams. The team that reaches the destination first wins the race. The racing is done on white water or rough water of different degrees. The rafters use double blades to paddle the boat.

What is rafting price in Rishikesh? ›

Rafting in Rishikesh Price 2022
Rafting PointsDistancePrice
Shivpuri to Rishikesh16 KmRs 1000
Marine Drive to Shivpuri12 KmRs 600
Marine Drive to Rishikesh28 KmRs 1600
Barahampuri to Rishikesh9 KmRs 600

What is rafting short answer? ›

: the act, sport, or pastime of traveling on a river or other body of water in a usually inflatable raft : the sport of rafting.

What is fun about rafting? ›

It's not always about what you see, but what you feel that makes the adventure, well, an “adventure.” Adrenaline pumping through your veins as you crash through the rapids. The spray of the river getting in your face. The sudden feeling you get when your stomach drops as you go over a waterfall(even a small one.)

What is river rafting in simple words? ›

Rafting is the sport of travelling down a river on a raft. ... water sports such as boating, fishing, and rafting.

Why is rafting famous? ›

Among the many adventure sports activities that the country offers, white water rafting is especially popular because of its unparalleled excitement of riding the milky white waters of mountain rivers.

Who found rafting? ›

Modern whitewater rafting as we know it dates back to 1842 when Lieutenant John Fremont began exploring Colorado's Platte River. During this time, he and inventor Horace H. Day created a rubber raft featuring four rubber cloth tubes and a wrap-around floor to help survey the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains areas.

Who discovered rafting? ›

The first rafting trip was made in the year of 1811 on the Snake River. In 1840, the Rubber Raft was invented by Lt. John Fremont and Horace H. Day.

Where are the strongest rapids in the world? ›

Top 12 Worlds Best Whitewater Rapids
  • 1- Lava Falls At Colorado River (United States) ...
  • 2- Zambezi River (Zimbabwe/Zambia) ...
  • 3- North Johnstone River (Australia) ...
  • 4- Franklin River (Tasmania) ...
  • 5- Salmon River (Idaho, United States) ...
  • 6- Rio Cotahuasi River (Peru) ...
  • 7- Çoruh River (Turkey) ...
  • 8- Rio Zamora River (Ecuador)

What time of day is best for rafting? ›

What about the best time of day to schedule a rafting trip? Morning rafting trips can be cooler but tend to have clearer weather and the river is less crowded than in the afternoon, when it can be warm but windy.

Where is the most extreme white water rafting? ›

Upper Tuolumne River (Cherry Creek), California

Cherry Creek is the gold standard for Class V and is the hardest section of commercially rafted whitewater in the United States.

What is Grade 5 rafting? ›

Long, difficult rapids with constricted passages that often require complex maneuvering in turbulent water. The course may be hard to determine and scouting is often necessary. Class V: Extremely difficult, long, and very violent rapids with highly congested routes, which should be scouted from shore.

What kind of sport is rafting? ›

Considered an extreme adventure sport, rafting, or white water rafting, is a popular recreational activity. With the help of a guide, you make your way down the river, maneuvering through rapids, and navigating around rocks.

Is rafting easy? ›

And contrary to popular belief, it's not necessarily difficult. Practically anyone can have a good time white water rafting as long as they choose a stretch that matches their skill level and come equipped with all the right information.

Is river rafting tough? ›

River rafting is an unmatched adventure offering an adrenaline rush in the midst of gushing rapids. It is a challenging and delightful adventure activity in which a rafter navigates through a river.

Is rafting difficult? ›

Rafting on certain sections of rivers is considered an extreme sport and can be fatal, while other sections are not so extreme or difficult. Rafting is also a competitive sport practiced around the world which culminates in a world rafting championship event between the participating nations.

Is rafting scary? ›

Whitewater rafting can be scary to some. Frightening, daunting, or terrifying even. I know because I've been there. And honestly, each time we approach a rapid on a trip my heart starts beating faster and faster.

Can a 13 year old do river rafting? ›

We don't offer less than 16km rafting stretch which is all grade III and III+ rafting stretch. People with serious medical conditions should not opt for rafting as it can be dangerous for people with heart problem, serious asthma and epilepsy. over a year ago. Kids should be 14years correct for river rafting??

Who Cannot do river rafting? ›

All members present on the boat must paddle together to be able to navigate the vessel through hard waters. Out on such waters, river rafting companies do not accommodate non-swimmers as they may pose a threat to the safety of others. Rafting on currents level 4 and above requires strength, skill, and experience.

Which is world biggest river? ›

The Amazon is the longest river in the world and also the largest river by discharge volume and drainage basin area.

What are 10 rivers called? ›

The major rivers of India are: Flowing into the Arabian Sea: Narmada, Tapi, Sindhu, Sabarmati, Mahi, Purna. Flowing into the Bay of Bengal: Brahmaputra, Yamuna, Ganga, Meghna, Mahanadi, Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri, Penna River.

Which is the 2 biggest river in India? ›

Which are the Top 10 Longest Rivers in India?
  • The Ganges: River Ganga with a length of 2525 km is the longest river of India as it flows entirely through the mainland. ...
  • River Indus: Indus is the longest river in terms of the distance it covers i.e. 2900 km.

How do you sit in a raft? ›

How do you sit on a raft while whitewater rafting? You sit on the outside tube of the raft. Tuck your outside foot forward and place it underneath the tube in front of you. Your back foot will tuck behind you and if done correctly you will feel stable when you paddle.

Why white water rafting? ›

In case you weren't aware, whitewater rafting can be one of the most adrenaline-pumping, thrill-seeking activities out there. From watching the horizon line disappear out of sight, signaling that you're about to drop 15 feet in 6 seconds, to paddling for your life through Class IV+ rapids, it's a wild ride.

What is rafting Class 11? ›

River Rafting River rafting is another adventure sport. It is a river journey under taken on a raft or boat made of inflatable material. The difficulty of river rafting is from grade I to VI.

Can a 13 year old do rafting in Rishikesh? ›

The stretch from Brahmpuri Club House to Rishikesh NIM Beach is the easiest and the shortest one, around 9 kms. It is a Grade I rafting expedition and is meant for beginners. People of age groups from 14 to 60 years can enjoy this expedition. The stretch is perfect for family and student groups.

Can 5 year old do rafting? ›

Some clubs say that age limit for children to go rafting is at least: 3, 5, 7 or 10 years old. Of course, those numbers can vary from season to season, from weather conditions and general river characteristics.

How many types of rafting are there? ›

Rafting - White Water Classes

There are six grades of difficulty in white water rafting. The range varies from simple to very dangerous. Type 1 − This type of water is having very small rough areas. The rafters can require either no or little manoeuvring.

What is a raft essay? ›

The RAFT (Role, Audience, Format, Topic) writing strategy, developed by Santa, Havens, and Valdes [1], helps students understand their role as a writer and communicate their ideas clearly by developing a sense of audience and purpose in their writing.

What is the full form of raft? ›

It is named after Reliable, Replicated, Redundant, And Fault-Tolerant. Raft.

What is a river Class 1? ›

A river is a large natural stream of water that flows over land. Even though rivers hold only a tiny fraction of Earth's total water, they have always been essential to human civilization. Rivers carry freshwater to people, plants, and animals all across Earth.

What is a raft English? ›

a flat, floating structure made of pieces of wood tied together, often attached to the bottom of a river or lake for use when swimming. A raft is also a small rubber or plastic boat that can be filled with air.

What is a rafting boat called? ›

A raft is a vessel or structure that's made to float on water.

Are there class 7 rapids? ›

Class VII and VIII Rapids

There are plenty of narrow passages, long and quite difficult rapids, and very turbulent water in a Classes 7-8. This for the advanced rafting enthusiast as it requires precision maneuvering.

Where are Class 5 rapids in the US? ›

Class V Rapids and Trips:

Grand Canyon, Colorado River Lava Falls, Crystal Rapid, Hance Rapid, Horn Creek, Hermit. Cataract Canyon, Colorado River Big Drops in high water flows.

What class rapids is the highest? ›

The highest level is class VI. Most of these rapids have never been attempted. They are extremely difficult, unpredictable and dangerous. All precautions have to be taken at favorable water levels because the consequence of error is very severe and rescue may be impossible.

What are the hardest rapids? ›

The following list is 5 of the top whitewater rapids that are kings in their class.
  • Ghostrider – Zambezi River – Zambia, Africa. ...
  • Terminator – Rio Futaleufú – Chile, South America. ...
  • Pillow Rock – Upper Gauley – West Virginia, USA. ...
  • God's House – Karnali River – Nepal, Asia. ...
  • Bidwell – Chilko River – British Columbia, Canada.

What class rapids is Niagara Falls? ›

A Class 6 rapids, like Niagara's, involves “the difficulties of Class 5 carried to the extreme. Nearly impossible and very dangerous.” There are only six classes of rapids.

Are Class 3 rapids OK for kids? ›

Class III offers some of the best whitewater rafting experiences for kids. While the rapids are exciting and at times irregular, Class III whitewater blends adrenaline with safe maneuvering. Waves are moderately sized, and obstacles are easily avoided.

What is class 1 water? ›

Class I - Potable Water Supplies. Fourteen general areas throughout the state, including impoundments and associated tributaries, certain lakes, rivers or portions of rivers, used as a source of potable water. Class II - Shellfish Propagation or Harvesting. Generally coastal waters where shellfish harvesting occurs.

Are Class 4 rapids safe? ›

Class 4: Whitewater, medium waves, maybe rocks, maybe a considerable drop, sharp maneuvers may be needed. This level should not be attempted without experience. This level is not recommended for people under the age of 16.

What do Class 4 rapids look like? ›

Class IV: WILD

Rapids are long and unpredictable with large waves and narrow passages.

What class rapids is the Yellowstone river? ›

The Yellowstone River is classified as Class II-III rapids from Yellowstone National Park to Paradise Valley (the first 18 miles of legally navigable whitewater on the Yellowstone River).

Why is it called white river rafting? ›

River rafting is called “white water” or “whitewater” rafting due to the rapids that occur naturally throughout stretches of a river. White water is actually formed from turbulence in the rapids resulting from fast-flowing currents.


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