North Fork Stanislaus River Rafting

Intermediate - Advanced Class IV+

An intense small stream in a high elevation setting. 2018 Season: April. more

Difficulty & Scenery
  • Int.-Advanced Class IV+
  • Steep, constricted drops
  • Amazing forested canyon

Who Should Go
  • Experienced rafters
  • People who like
    complicated whitewater
  • Usual min. age is 15

Trips Include
  • Pro guide & instruction
  • Equipment & shuttle
  • Fresh, delicious meals


Select a North Fork Stanislaus River Trip Option

1-Day Trips start at $179

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THE RAPIDS: Steep and narrow Class IV+ to challenge your skills

The North Stanislaus' steep gradient (70' per mile) creates many stair-stepping drops and tumultuous twists and turns. You'll become an expert paddler, maneuvering through the river's speeding currents and tight chutes. And because All-Outdoors is one of the few outfitters permitted by the USFS to offer trips on the North Stanislaus, you will most likely have the river to yourself.

USUAL MINIMUM AGE: 15 years of age


THE RIVER SCENERY: Immense and peaceful pine forests; crystal-clear water

The North Stanislaus canyon is part of what makes this trip one of our most unique. It begins at a high elevation--over 4000-feet in Stanislaus National Forest amidst towering pine and fir trees. The waterway itself is narrow and small, instilling the feel of an intimate mountain stream. Dogwood and wild azalea pepper the riverbanks. Halfway down this intense run we enter Calaveras Big Trees State Park which is home to the largest living trees on earth, the Giant Sequoia Redwoods.

RIVER LOCATION: Flows through Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Just two and a half hours from Sacramento and three and a half hours from San Francisco, the North Stanislaus is close to many metropolitan areas. The small town of Angels Camp is a short half-hour drive. Nearby highways include 108, 4, 49, and 395.


The North Stanislaus is an early springtime river. Even though there is one dam above this run, the river depends on snowmelt below the dam for its flows. The North Stanislaus begins to run when the snow below 6,000' begins to melt after winter. Flows are usually best from early or mid-April to mid-May. Even though its season is limited to just four to six weeks, avid rafters should make every effort to experience this unique run at least once.

* Season length and flows may vary. For this year's flow predictions and real-time water levels go to the River Flows page.

MEALS: Freshly prepared riverside feasts

Our lunch begins with tortilla chips, salsa, and fresh summer fruits. Our gourmet "build-your-own" sandwich bar includes all the fixings needed to assemble the perfect sandwich to your preference. We also provide a beverage, and cookies to finish it off.

If you have special dietary requirements, we encourage you to tell us at the time of your reservation. We will do our very best to accommodate your needs.

GUEST INVOLVEMENT: How You Participate in Getting Down the River

All-Outdoors runs paddle raft trips on the North Stanislaus. In a paddle raft, each guest and a professional guide have a paddle and navigate the river working as a coordinated team. North Stanislaus trips are intense and highly participatory so guests need to be ready and willing to paddle. In times of extreme high water, we may elect to use oar-paddle combination rafts (a professional guide steers the boat with oars while simultaneously calling commands to paddlers in the boat). All guests should be able to swim.

GROUP TRIPS: We Can Accommodate Groups as Large as 48 People

One of our specialties is creating fun and memorable whitewater rafting trips for small and large groups.

What Type of Group Trip are You Looking For?

Our reservation specialists can help you through every step of the planning process. To learn more about our group-specific discount plans and packages, visit our Group Rafting Trips page.

THE NEXT STEP: Explore Trip Options or Begin the Booking Process

To learn more about our North Fork Stanislaus River rafting trips, explore our 1-Day trip options. If you want to start booking your trip now, you can call our office at (800) 247-2387 during business hours or check for available space online.