Truckee River: Boca - Verdi

  • Duration

    Full Day
  • Difficulty

  • Class

  • Price

  • Ages

  • Available

    Everyday 9:00am
  • Length

    18 River Miles


  • Don’t miss this run during this 2023 High Water Year!
  • Closest Full Day Rafting Adventure to North Lake Tahoe / Reno
  • Optimal Rafting Truckee River Flows
  • Excitement from start to finish
  • Gourmet River Lunch Included
  • Abundant history and wildlife
  • See a mix of California’s High Sierra and High Desert scenery
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About the Trip Full Day Class 4 Excitement

Don’t miss whitewater rafting Truckee River flows after our record breaking snow season!

Just outside of Truckee, CA, our full day Boca – Verdi Truckee River trip meanders through boulder gardens, swimming holes and Sierra Nevada Alpine terrain.

This section offers progressive rapids, culminating in an exciting run through 4 Class 4 rapids in the Floriston Gorge.

Many technical class III/ IV rapids excite adventurous rafters for the next 10 miles.

Large diversion dams act as bobsled luges as the boats careen down. Lunch is prepared under large shady pines as the western Nevada desert comes into view. This adventure is the closest full-day trip to Lake Tahoe/Reno and perfect for adventurous folks visiting the area.

This trip only runs during Spring Truckee River Flows after big snow seasons – don’t miss this Tahoe gem, Book Now!

After booking, check your confirmation email which has comprehensive trip info.

  • Check in to our office at 10068 Hirschdale Rd, Truckee, CA 96161 at 9:00AM.
  • Hop on our Tahoe Whitewater Shuttle Bus for a 2 minute drive to the river.
  • Gear Up & Safety Talk! You’ll be issued a Personal Flotation Device, Paddle, and Helmet (wetsuits, splash jackets, and fleece optional).
  • Meet your guide and enjoy the river! You'll be on the river all day. We provide lunch.
  • We'll shuttle you back to our office (25 minute drive).


Everyone! We welcome ages 13+ and all abilities.

This trip is great for families, friends, big groups, and all adventure levels. 


Do I need to know how to swim?

It is recommended but not mandatory. We provide a helmet and a Type V, US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device.

What do I need to wear?

Click here to see our What to Bring Page.

It’s my first time rafting, do I need experience?

We encourage previous experience for our more difficult, Class IV Whitewater Rafting Trips. Call us with any concerns or questions about appropriate trips for your group. 530-587-5777

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EVERY DAY @ 8:45am

May - August, flow depending



Our guides are the best in the business, prioritizing safety and guest experience. They love what they do and it shows through their passion for the area's history, geology and ecology. With experience on rivers around the globe, we know you'll enjoy your guide as much as we do.

Tahoe Whitewater's owner, Mike Miltner, pioneered commercial whitewater rafting on the Truckee River in the 1980's and 90's when government ordinances prohibited whitewater rafting on the Truckee. Mike fell in love with the Truckee River and began battling local, state, and federal opposition. Successful in his mission to share the Truckee, Mike paved the way for people to experience the beauty and adventure the Truckee River has to offer. And over 30 years now, Tahoe Whitewater has been sharing our love, experience, and knowledge of the area with guests.


On the Truckee River our rafts can take 4-6 guests + a guide. No matter your group size, we'll break you up into the appropriate number of rafts.

We use 13' rafts.



Meeting Location

10068 Hirschdale Rd, Truckee, CA 96161

Check In Time: 8:45AM

Check you confirmation email for details. Our office is located in the Truckee River RV Park / Gas Station right off of Highway 80. Follow signs to our Tahoe Whitewater Parking Area.

  • Public Restrooms
  • Leave Valuables at Home
  • Leave Keys with our Office Staff


Truckee River Rafting Map

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Thank You Truckee Meadows Water Authority

What to Expect From Booking to Rafting the Truckee River Boca - Verdi

After Making a Reservation

After your booking is complete, a confirmation email will be sent including a summary of your group size, date, river section, meeting time and location.

Online Waivers will be provided in your confirmation email. ALL participants must fill out waivers prior to the trip. Please fill these out before arriving.

On the River

This Boca – Verdi section is a great option for groups looking for a Full Day Rafting Adventure packed with Class 2 – 4 rapids and lunch included.

We begin rafting near the historical Boca Townsite. Technical rapids progress in difficulty throughout the 18 mile section, helping you learn the ropes of paddling and whitewater rafting. Some of our favorite Class II characteristics include the splashiness of “Airplane,” the technicality of “Dance Floor.”

Near the middle of the tour, we have three Class III rapids back to back to back! Get ready for a wet and wild ride, full of fast moves, splashes, and smiles. Our Photographer, Chris, will capture your smiles at “Jaws,” the biggest drop on the river.

We can’t get enough of this high quality California summer experience. Keep an eye out for deer, ducks and even bears and bald eagles! Join us for the best day of your summer whitewater rafting on the Truckee River.

Discover Reno Tahoe’s Scenic Beauty while Rafting the Truckee River

Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Truckee River as you navigate its exhilarating rapids. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you conquer the white water, surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of Lake Tahoe. Our Tahoe Whitewater Tours take you through breathtaking canyons, lush forests, and gushing Truckee River Flows, providing a truly unforgettable experience.

Best Time to Experience Truckee River Rafting

Wondering when is the best time to float the Truckee River? The water flow and rafting level vary throughout the year, but generally, spring and early summer offer higher flows, providing exhilarating rapids for adrenaline seekers. Late summer and early fall bring milder conditions, suitable for those seeking a more relaxed rafting experience. Consult with our experts to choose the ideal time for your adventure.

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