Truckee River open for whitewater rafting

Tahoe Whitewater Tours

There’s been confusion among many visitors to Tahoe and Truckee by recent social media posts saying that rafting is closed on the Truckee River, which is only partially true.

Whitewater rafting on the Truckee River and other local rivers is open for business and local tour companies are reporting amazing conditions for whitewater rafting after the record-breaking snowfall from this past winter. Look for ads from two local whitewater operators in this edition of Tahoe Weekly to book your trip.

Rafting companies that rent rafts and offer shuttle service for the 5-mile float trip along the gentle portion of the Truckee River from the Lake Tahoe dam in Tahoe City to River Ranch at Alpine Meadows are currently not operating because of low water flows. However, that portion of the Truckee River remains open for public use for those with their own equipment (be prepared for low water). Public transportation is available at River Ranch to return to Tahoe City.

Flows on that 5-mile section of the Truckee River are low because the dam is not releasing water due to heavy flows further downstream from other local lakes and reservoirs that could cause flooding downstream.