Truckee River: Boca to Floriston

(Class III Whitewater)

Currently available JUNE 15th Through SEPTEMBER

• Our most popular run •
• Closest whitewater rafting to Lake Tahoe •
• Great family and first timer adventure •
• Progressive rapids •

The Truckee River

Today, as far as river trips go, the Boca- Floriston Run on the Truckee River has everything a first time rafter as well as a seasoned rafter could want! Containing technical intermediate rapids, relaxing pools to swim in, and beautiful Tahoe National Forest scenery, the Truckee has it all. Being the first company to run commercially guided trips down the Truckee, our experience on it is unmatched! This half day tour begins at the historical townsite of Boca, now home to Boca Reservoir. The run starts off easy with slow moving water through boulder gardens creating a perfect setting to introduce first time rafters to the river. Following that are long flat swimming areas perfect to cool off in on a hot summers day. The rapids continue to build towards an exhilarating finish in the Floriston Gorge. For those who are looking for a great introduction to whitewater join us for an amazing day on our most popular run. You’ll find it’s the perfect adventure for everyone in your group!


In the 1980’s and 1990’s the Truckee river was not considered a place for paddle sports recreation. At the time government ordinances were in place prohibiting whitewater rafting. In 1997 Tahoe Whitewater Tours owner Mike Miltner fell in love with the Truckee River and began a long quest to allow permitted use, giving river runners the freedom to experience this beautiful river. Opposed by many, he fought an uphill battle against local, state, and federal opposition, later succeeding and opening the doors to recreational opportunities. Thanks to his efforts, Tahoe Whitewater Tours has been able to show thousands of people all the amazing elements the Truckee River has to offer.

Class: III

  • 7 Years and Above Recommended
  • Everyone Paddles
  • Everyone should be in good physical shape (weight limit 250 lbs.)
  • No Experience Necessary

Times: Morning trip: 8:45 – 12:45
             Afternoon trip: 1:00 – 5:15
Meeting Location: Martis Village Plaza. 10015 Palisades Dr, Truckee, CA 96161. 
Available: Everyday April- September
Length: 7 Miles, 4 Hours
Maximum Passengers: Our rafts can accommodate 6 guests + guide. During our average summer flow we may only put 4 guest + guide (July, Aug, Sept). Call for Details. 
Reservations Required: Yes

Price: $70.00 per adult and $65.00 per child 12 or younger
Includes transportation, equipment, and guided trip
Discounts for groups of 12 or more

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Truckee Location: 10015 Palisades Dr,
Truckee, CA 96161

Pilot Hill Location: 4500 Coloma Rd,
Pilot Hill, CA 95664

Phone: (530) 587-5777

P.O. Box 7466
Tahoe City, CA, 96145

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