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Note: in 2017, opening weekend will be Memorial Day Weekend. Flows will be higher than normal in May and early June due to large amounts of rain and snow in the offseason. Groups looking for faster water and bigger rapids should shoot for a May or early June trip. Those looking for a more mellow and relaxing trip should aim for later June, or the entire months of July, August and September.
The scenic section of the Stanislaus River from Knights Ferry to Orange Blossom is popular with both experienced and inexperienced paddlers due to an outstanding mix of wildlife as well as beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada foothills, volcanic bluffs, and great riverside plant life. Small rapids all along the Stanislaus add to the excitement, but are tame enough for amateur rafters.
This float trip is approximately 7 miles long (3.5-5 hours) and is ideal for families, youth groups, companies, clubs, or for those just looking to spend a relaxing day on the water. The trip is typically self-guided (meaning no guide in the boat) as the level of difficulty is low enough to accommodate even brand new rafters.
Our put in point is 150 yards down river from the historic Knights Ferry covered bridge, the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi, and the end point for the trip is Orange Blossom Park, a spacious public park on the east end of Oakdale.
If you would like to participate on a river rafting trip out of Knights Ferry, you do need to make reservations*, as many of our dates book out days ahead of time. Reservations are easy to make via the website or by calling 209-848-4800. To start, we just need a date, and an estimate on the number of people that will be participating! If you are wondering if you will enjoy your trip, just check out the testimonials we have from Yelp & Tripadvisor- people love this trip!
Since we are in the Central Valley, temperatures tend to range from low 80’s to high 90’s for the duration of the summer. Temperatures around the river are slightly cooler due to the temperature of the river water, but in general be prepared for plenty of sunshine!
If you’ve never booked a trip before, fear not! The booking process is easy, and can be done online or over the phone.
Once you arrive at the river on the day of your trip, we help you through the setup process (trying on life jackets and learning the basics of rafting), we help launch your boat, and we take care of all of your equipment at the takeout. All you need to bring are drinks and snacks, and a dose of excitement for a day of fun in the sun!
*All reservations require a deposit in order to be confirmed.