Rafting FAQ'S

Q. Do I need previous experience?

A.  Simply put no. Our class 3 trip is ideally suited to beginners, children 7 and older and anyone looking for a relaxing way to beat the heat of summer. Our class 4 trips require strenuous paddling and some physical ability. Experience is recommended (especially at higher flows), but many adventurous first timers have enjoyed the exciting thrill of our class 4 trips.

Q. Do I need to know how to swim?

A.  Swimming ability is highly recommended. Our type V PFD's (personal flotation device) are top rated whitewater industry standard and will float you quite well regardless of swimming ability. However, if you are feeling nervous about your ability, I recommend trying out our class 3 trip out first to see how you feel. Class 4 trips require strong swimming ability.

Q.  What do I need to bring?

A.  Shoes or sandals that will stay on your feet, no flip flops or slip-on water shoes. An old pair of tennis shoes will work quite well. Shorts or bathing suit and a short or long sleeve shirt for sun protection, if you desire. Sun block and water. If you wear glasses or have sunglasses that you want to wear, a strap such as croakies or chums is highly recommended. No hat is needed as we will be wearing helmets while in the rafts.  Some people do like to fit a ball cap underneath their helmet for added sun protection. Early season (April and part of May) the weather can be unpredictable. We do supply wetsuits and splash jackets for such times, but you may want to bring fleece or other synthetic clothing to wear under your wetsuit.

Q.  What is the best time of year to go rafting?

A.  The Kaweah River is dependent on snow melt, meaning that there is no dam upstream controlling the flows.  As such, our season typically lasts from mid April to July depending on the amount of snow we get in the winter months. In a wet year, May is a good time for adventure seekers who are looking for the thrill of peak run off flows and high water! In a dryer year, May is the time to go to catch the melting snow before it's gone. May rafting can be cooler and wetsuits are a must. June and July typically offer lower flows and warmer weather and water. As the season moves into summer the wetsuits can be traded for shorts and a T shirt. Keep in mind that the flows vary from year to year, for a better idea of what to expect please feel free to call us.

Q.  How do I make a reservation?

A.  You may make a reservation by calling us at 1-800-250-2557 or by emailing us at raftgoodtimes@gmail.com.  You can also find a contact form and the above information HERE