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In 1842, the first whitewater rafting expedition was recorded by Lieutenant John Fremont of the U.S. Army along the Platte River.

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Whitewater rafting is both a popular recreation activity as well as a competitive sport!

People attempt to conquer whitewater in almost every country around the world.



What to Expect

What to Expect

Rafting is considered one of the most exciting outdoor activities, but it's also an extreme sport, and can be dangerous! Rafting is usually done on white water or different degrees of rough water.  Expect to get wet...to fall in once or twice...and to HAVE FUN!

Gear Up!

Gear Up!

What you'll need:

  • Raft (it's an inflatable boat, consisting of very durable, multi-layered rubberized (hypalon) or vinyl fabrics (PVC) with several independent air chambers)
  • Helmet
  • Life Jacket
  • Dry Bags
Dress Cool

What to Wear

  • River attire is best, like: wet suit, splash jacket, surfing wetsuit or a dry suit 
  • Sneakers
  • Sunglesses
  • Sun protection is important any time you go outdoors – so be sure to wear sunscreen! 
You Might See...

You Might See…

Water, and lots of it. Of course, there are different classes of water to raft on:

  • Class 1: Waves small, passages clear; no serious obstacles. (A.k.a. the inner tube float. Barely moving water with hardly any rapids!)
  • Class 2: Rapids of moderate difficulty with passages clear. (Great rafting for families with very small children or for people looking for an introduction to kayaking.)
  • Class 3: Waves numerous, high, irregular; rocks; eddies; rapids with passages clear though narrow, requiring expertise in maneuvering. (This is the most popular classification for whitewater, and is the recommended level for beginning rafters)
  • Class 4: Long rapids; waves powerful, irregular; dangerous rocks; boiling eddies; powerful and precise maneuvering required. (Rivers such as these should be run by athletic, experienced rafters who are looking for more action.)
  • Class 5: Exceedingly difficult, long and violent rapids, following each other almost without interruption; riverbed extremely obstructed; big drops; violent currents; very steep gradient. (Paddlers must have prior Class IV or better whitewater rafting experience. You should also be athletic with the mental attitude for high risk activities...
  • Class 6: Commercially unrunnable. (A.k.a. the guide's run! No commercial outfitter will take a commercial client on this type of rapid.) 


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