Knights Ferry to Orange Blossom
Knights Ferry to Orange Blossom is a 7 mile, 3-5 hour self-guided float trip that includes beginner-friendly class II rapids, views of volcanic bluffs and rolling hills, and access to Horseshoe Park as a rest area and lunch stop. Great for groups wanting a scenic, mellow, and social day on the water!
This trip is perfect for
- All ages, as it includes a fun class II rapid and park access.
- Groups that don't mind a more social experience
- Seeing beautiful river scenery, and to swim and relax.
- $35 on weekdays
- $40 Sundays
- $40 Saturdays
All Rafting Adventures Include
- Life Jackets
- Large & Sturdy Boats
- Shuttle Ride
- Free Photos
- Dry Boxes
Update: In June 2021, we will be at high flows on the Stanislaus. High flow means your boat will move faster, and the rapids will have bigger waves. Read updated rules here.
This is where your trip begins! Knights Ferry itself is an excellent place to explore before or after your trip. Among the town’s attractions are an ice cream shop, a general store, a flour mill that is over 150 years old, and of course, the Knights Ferry covered bridge! The Knights Ferry Recreation Area (the park where you start your trip) has restrooms, picnic tables, hiking trails, and plenty of room to spread out while you prep for your launch.
Once we check the number of people in your party in and collect your liability waivers, we give you your dry box and it is time to get the fun rolling! At this point, everyone gets fitted for life jackets, gets a paddle, and then huddles up for a safety talk, where we discuss the finer points of water safety before we help you launch your boat onto the water!
Hold on to your hats! At the ¼ mile point, Russian Rapids is a class II rapid that provides excitement, yet is still perfect for those new to rafting! Rolling “haystacks” of water provide a challenge in the first mile of your trip! Prepare to get wet!
The Two Bluffs
Lava flows have created a unique alley where the river cuts between two cliffs that rise sharply on both sides of the river. During the summer months cliff swallows call this area their home, and you can get a close up look at hundreds of their mud-nests that dot the cliffs. This area is also a popular cliff jumping area- but we don’t recommend it!
Roughly 2 miles into your trip: to the left of the river a sheer rock wall with an odd peak juts out against the California sky. Tale has it that many years ago a Native American land dispute led a chieftain’s son and a warring chieftain’s daughter to jump off of this cliff into the water below to prove their love. We would kindly ask that you not follow suit as the drop is more than 200 feet. To river right is a public park area that is marked with signs. Feel free to park your boat and stretch your legs!
An excellent place to picnic or just stop for a break. The park itself sprawls over nearly ½ mile and has picnic tables, restrooms, a parking lot and access point, as well as a campground that can be reserved through the Corp of Engineers.
Access to this is often hard to spot, although it too provides river access. Picnic tables are here as well- but the main thing to know about this spot is the fork in the river- be prepared to go left or plan to do some up-river paddling!
The river sweeps right, into a widened area that resembles a mini-lake. Feel free to float around and relax, or paddle back into the flow on the left hand side of the Stanislaus. The Orange Blossom Bridge is now only a mile away!
Orange Blossom Park
Your trip end point is marked by Orange Blossom Bridge, the only bridge you will see other than the one at the put in! Our employees will be there to greet you and help you with your equipment. Orange Blossom Park, nestled over 7 miles from Knights Ferry, has multiple picnic areas which you can rent out ahead of time, as well as publicly accessible, first-come, first-serve picnic areas. Acres of green grass shaded under trees provide a place to play volleyball, eat, or just unwind after your trip. Once you are ready, Orange Blossom Park will also be the area where you can catch a shuttle back to your car!
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