Tuolumne River

Class 4 Whitewater Near Yosemite

PLEASE NOTE: We offer our Tuolumne River trips in association with our sister outfitter

Located just outside Yosemite National Park, the Tuolumne river in 1984 was included in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system, evidence of its very special qualities.

The Tuolumne (pronounced too-all-o-me) is a magical 18 mile corridor, boasting long, tantalizing class 4-4+ rapids, wondrous side creeks and great camping. Unlike most of our other river trips, the Tuolumne river is not accessible by road during the entire trip. Thus, all necessary gear is taken with us on the rafts. Rapids such as Rams Head, Steamboat, Cabin, Hells Kitchen and the granddaddy of them all, Clavey Falls, will stir the blood of any rafter, veteran or novice.

A rafting excursion (whether it be a 1-day trip or a multi-day) on the Tuolumne River has an intimate feel – commercial rafting permits limit trip size to just 20 people! This exclusivity, combined with the Tuolumne River’s popularity, mean that trips (particularly summer trips) tend to sell out quickly – so contacting us well in advance to schedule your Tuolumne River adventure is highly recommended!

Tuolumne Trip Options


A full-day of rafting 18 miles of the Wild and Scenic Tuolumne, including a stop for lunch.  Meet at 8:30 am, and back to vehicles by 6:00 pm. Adult pricing starts at $349 per person.


Spend two days covering 18 miles of whitewater through an amazing canyon. Enjoy a more relaxing pace on the river.  Included are 4 meals and 1 night camping on the river. Meets at 8:30 am. Adult pricing starts at $609 per person.


Three days and two nights in the Tuolumne River canyon, also covering 18 miles of whitewater. Enjoy side hikes, delicious meals, and two nights camping. Meet at 8:30 am. Adult pricing starts at $849 per person. 

Tuolumne Video

About the Flows

Thanks to American Whitewater, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the folks that operate the Hetch Hetchy reservoir system, the Tuolumne river normally has excellent raftable water from April through early September. To insure trip quality on this National Wild and Scenic River, the U.S. Forest Service restricts commercial Tuolumne trip starts to just 2 per day!

Tuolumne River Map
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