Orange Blossom to Oakdale
The Orange Blossom to Oakdale float is a 6.5 mile, 3-5 hour self-guided float trip on the Stanislaus River. This trip is available on weekends, and is a great way to get away from the big crowds on the Knights Ferry section. This mellow, scenic float trip includes small rapids, and access to Valley Oak Recreation Area near the halfway mark. Trips end at The Cost Less Shopping Center. Guests on this section are not allowed to bring alcohol.
This trip is perfect for
- Families looking for a trip that’s safe, fun, and relaxing
- Groups looking to avoid big crowds and save money
- Seeing beautiful river scenery, as well as swim and relax
- Groups avoiding alcohol- this section doesn't allow it!
Saturday & Sunday only
$35 per person
Avail. late June to late August
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.
Oakdale Shopping Center
Note: This section is now alcohol-free. This is a family-friendly trip, so please do not bring alcohol in ice chests or you will be turned away.
This is where you check in for your trip (go to 800 North Yosemite Ave, Oakdale CA 95361, pull in the shopping center lot, take an immediate right past Dutch Bros! Oakdale Shopping Center is a great place to pick up drinks and food before your trip (there are two grocery stores), and is a great place to unwind after your trip. This will also be the end point of your Orange Blossom to Oakdale trip. Once you check in for your trip, you will board a bus that will take you to Orange Blossom Park. You will then raft the 6 miles back down to Oakdale Shopping Center, where your car will be waiting for you!
Once we check the number of people in your party in and collect your liability waivers, it is time to get the fun rolling! At this point, everyone gets onto a bus and is transported to the river rafting launch area at Orange Blossom Park. Orange Blossom Park after a Stanislaus River Rafting trip.
Orange Blossom Boat Launch
Once you arrive at Orange Blossom Park, everyone is 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! Orange Blossom Park also has multiple picnic areas which you can use before you launch, and the park is a great place to have an early lunch before embark. Acres of green grass shaded under trees provide a place to play volleyball, eat, or just unwind after your trip.
Valley Oak Recreation Area
After two miles of gentle floating you will come upon the best area to take a quick break! This raft-in park is on the right hand side of the river, and includes access to park restrooms.
While going through the dense jungle-like flora of the lower Stanislaus, the river swings to the right! A beautiful rock ledge on the left hand side marks the area, so make sure to point your boat right as you cruise around the bend. While exciting, this rapid is still beginner-friendly!
The best part of this section of water is the remote feel. Dense tree growth on either side creates a jungle-like vibe as you cruise down the Stanislaus River.
Takeout at the bridge!
You will cruise under the 120 Bridge and take out on the left hand side directly under the bridge. The bridge is over 30 feet above the water, so you won’t have to worry about ducking (or spotting it)!
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