Upper Klamath River Whitewater Rafting Trip Information

The Upper Klamath River
The Upper Klamath  on the Oregon-California border offers the best summer whitewater on the West Coast. It features a concentrated dose of big rapids and roller coaster waves in a river gorge of wild scenic beauty. It is on the Pacific Flyway, a major migratory route for a wide variety of wild birds like eagles, falcons, ospreys and herons. This is an exciting river run. Paddling class 4 and 5 rapids is a team activity that requires some effort. You must be physically fit, have good stamina and be a competent swimmer.

Meeting time and place
We usually meet the morning of our trip in front of Rite Aid in Mt Shasta at 7am unless otherwise arranged. Driving on I-5, take the Mt Shasta Central exit onto Lake Street. Rite Aid is past Burger King on your left. Look for our red River Dancers van.

Click here for Trip Registration Form in handy pdf version to print.

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Get wet!

Liability Release Form in handy pdf version to print.

Map to meeting place
Weather conditions
Level of difficuty
Rates, reservations and cancellation policy

Local accommodations
Mt. Shasta Resort in Mt Shasta, 800-958-3363
Cold Creek Inn in Mt Shasta, 800-292-9421
Cave Springs Resort Motel & Cabins in Dunsmuir, 530-235-2721

Local campgrounds
– Castle Crags State Park off I-5, for reservation, 877-444-6777, to reserve a site
Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort, 888-926-2618

– Trinity Cafe in Mt Shasta, 530-926-6200
– Billy Goats Tavern in Mt Shasta, 530-918-9091
Stage Door Coffeehouse and Cabaret in Mt Shasta, 530-926-1050

Complete lodging and dining information: Mt. Shasta Visitors Bureau 800-926-4865 and Siskiyou County Visitors Bureau 877-847-8777.

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 supply the finest river equipment, including  self-bailing rafts, top-of-the-line Coast Guard approved life jackets and helmets. The Upper Klamath river bed is cluttered with sharp volcanic rocks. For your safety we will ask you to wear a wetsuit.

We serve a buffet lunch on day trips. On overnight trips we provide all meals, from lunch the first day to lunch the last day. We serve fresh, wholesome food, organic when available. We make every effort to accommodate your preferences; let us know if you have a special diet or food allergies. We provide water, juice and wine with dinner. On overnight trips you may bring your own sodas or beer, if you so desire. We’ll keep them iced.

Multi-day trips
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If you feel your guide did a great job, a tip is a perfect way to show your appreciation.

River Dancers T-shirts and hats are nice mementos of your adventure. Ask your guides at the end of your trip.


The success of a river trip and your personal level of comfort hinge on good planning and preparedness for the season. However, boat space is limited. Please travel light, bring only what you feel is necessary, but come ready for any conditions.

Click here for our What to Bring List

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

We reserve the right to use any photographs taken by our staff during any trip for commercial or educational purposes.

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