Whitewater Camp Trip Planning

Meeting Time and Place

Generally we’ll meet at Sarah Totten Campground. An alternative meeting place will be Curly Jack Campground. We’ll confirm the meeting location prior to your trip.

Where: Sarah Totten Campground, Curly Jack Campground
When: 4 p.m.
Take-out Time: Around 3:00 p.m. on the final day.

What To Bring

Summers in northern California are usually hot and dry. Occasional thunderstorms do occur, however. Be prepared for possible cooler and/or damp weather.

During the day, bring:

  • Swimsuits or shorts
  • Tennis shoes, river sandals or river booties
  • Polypropylene, capilene or other synthetic top
  • Fleece top
  • Lightweight rain gear
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with straps
  • Sunscreen and lip balm

For overnight, also bring:

  • Compact tent
  • Ground cloth
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag
  • Change of clothes and shoes
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Personal toiletries and small towel


  • Phone / Camera w/ waterproof container
  • Spare glasses and sunglasses and contact lenses
  • Insect repellent
  • Some extra cash if you want to tip your guides. They appreciate it!

Please do not bring any valuables. We cannot be responsible for lost or damaged items

The success of a camping trip and your personal level of comfort hinge on good planning and preparedness.

Multi-day trips are pack-in trips and boat space is limited. Please travel light, bring only what you feel is necessary, but come ready for any conditions.

We supply waterproof bags for your sleeping gear and personal items. The morning prior to departure, we’ll have guides to assist guests in packing their gear into the dry bags.

What We Bring

  • Coast Guard approved life jackets and helmets
  • Wetsuits and paddle jackets when needed
  • Dry bags for your personal gear
  • First Aid
  • River Rescue Equipment
  • Drinking Water
  • Food, snacks and meals
  • Inflatable Kayaks, if requested


Your safety and comfort are our utmost concern. Our guides are mature, skilled professionals, certified in first aid and CPR. All trips are equipped with first aid kits and river rescue equipment. Safety procedures will be explained in detail prior to and during the trip. Because of the inherent risks involved with any outdoor activity, we are required to have you sign an acknowledgment of risk and release of liability before your trip.


We provide all meals, from dinner the first night through lunch the last day. We serve delicious, wholesome food, using only the freshest ingredients available. We make every effort to accommodate your needs and preferences. Let us know if you are on a special diet or have food allergies. Bring your own water bottles. Fresh drinking water is available at all times.

Renting or Purchasing Gear

If you would like to purchase some of your own river gear, go to NRS.

For gear rental, we recommend The Fifth Season. They rent high quality tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads at reasonable prices. Phone: 530-926-3606.

We can pick up your rental order and have it waiting for you at put-in when we start your trip.


Summers in northern California are usually hot and dry. Occasional thunderstorms do occur, however. Do be prepared for possible cooler and/or damp weather. In May and June, weather can be cool especially at night. Plan for hot and cold temperatures.