Trip Equipment

People tend to have a lot of questions about the equipment that is used on the Stanislaus River. This is a quick outline of the type of equipment you can typically expect while rafting on your trip!


Sunshine Rafting Boat, 8-person

Our boats are 8-person, commercial-quality river rafts. As you can see in the photo at left, participants sit around the outside of the raft with their feet inside. Most all of our boats are blue (either dark or light) and are marked with “Sunshine” on the side of them. Sunshine also has a number of 10 person boats, so if you have a larger group (9 or 10 people) and want to stick together, go ahead and request one (groups love them!). Boats can easily fit 8 people plus 2 medium-sized ice chest.


Sunshine Rafting Equipment on the Stanislaus River

Most of our paddles are 48” to 60” Caviness commercial paddles. These paddles are light and durable, and most participants can use them easily. Paddles are held at the top of the t-grip handle and by the shaft above the blade (as demonstrated by this gentleman on the right). Children paddles are available seasonally, but are lost at a rate that we often have trouble keeping up with. We recommend that children under 12 share paddles with adult members of their group.

Life Jackets

All of our life jackets are Coast Guard Certified. We have a variety of colors, although most, like our boats, are blue. We do have vests for small through extra-large individuals, although we only hold vests on hand up to size 56” chest. If you have needs outside of this range, please arrange to bring your own Coast Guard certified life jacket (certifications are found on the inside of the vest). We require all participants to wear life jackets for the duration of their trip. Examples of life jackets can be seen in almost every photo on this site (what good customers)!

If you have any questions about the equipment, feel free to call us at 209-848-4800.