Whitewater Rafting Guide School Trip Information

Whitewater School is generally held on the Trinity River. We meet and camp at Pigeon Point Campground. On occasion we will hold the class on the Upper Sacramento River and meet at Sims Flat Campground.

We will let you know prior to the trip which river and location we will use. Information for each location is included below.

Meeting Time and Place – Trinity River

Where: Pigeon Point Campground
When: 9:00 a.m.

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Traveling west on Highway 299 from Redding, Weaverville is about 50 miles. Continue west for another 11 miles. Pigeon Point is on the left shortly after a bridge over the North Fork of the Trinity River.

Driving time: 2 1/2 hours from Mt Shasta, 1 1/4 hours from Redding, 4 1/4 hours from San Francisco.

Meeting Time and Place – Upper Sacramento River

Where: Sims Flat Campground
When: 9:00 a.m.

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Traveling on I-5: Take the SIMS exit, follow the road down to the river, cross the railroad tracks and bridge, turn right into the campground.

Driving time: Sims is about 30 minutes south of Mt. Shasta, 45 minutes north of Redding, 4 hours north of San Francisco.

What To Bring

Whitewater school is held in early May and the weather can be warm or cold, rainy or clear. Be prepared for all conditions.

For 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, Bring:

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


  • Camera / Phone
  • Spare glasses or contact lenses
  • Beverages – we serve juice with lunch, red wine with dinner. If you wish to have sodas or beer, bring them along, we will keep them on ice for you.
  • Some extra cash if you want to tip your guides. They appreciate it!

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

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


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’ll provide all meals starting with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on 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 have special dietary needs or food allergies. We serve wine with dinner. Bring your own beer and/or sodas. Fresh drinking water is available at all times.

Purchasing Gear

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


If you feel your guide did an outstanding job, a tip is a great way to show your appreciation.

Places to Eat and Stay, Other Things to Do

Want some local knowledge planning your trip? Give us a call, we’re happy to help. 530-918-8610.