What to Expect

While preparing for an outdoor adventure, there is always a sense of excitement and nervousness associated with what to expect for the day. We are here to put your mind at ease by giving you a  guideline of what to expect when you arrive for your Tahoe Whitewater Tours Rafting Adventure.

We pride ourselves on providing our guests with concise information regarding all aspects of their experience with our company including: when and where to meet, what to wear, easy to sign online liability releases, our Cancellation Policy, and our contact info. By reviewing your confirmation email, you are setting yourself up for a successful day! 

We ask that you and your crew sign your electronic waivers prior to arriving for your trip. This streamlines the check-in process, getting you on the river sooner. Please share the link in your confirmation email to our online waivers with each member of your group prior to arriving to your trip’s meeting location

Be sure to thoroughly read your confirmation email to verify your meeting location. We provide easy-to-follow instructions to our meeting points– located in the Directions portion of your confirmation email– as well as a Google Maps link. If you have any questions regarding your meeting point, please contact us at 530-587-5777.

All of our trips’ meeting locations have parking available for our guests. 

For our Truckee River Trips, we meet inside the Truckee River RV Park and have signage to direct you to our rafting parking area.

For our other river trip meeting locations you will see one of our Tahoe Whitewater rafting vehicles and park near the vehicle in the large adjacent parking lots.

For our Truckee office:  

After parking, you will head to our office where you will be informed about what to bring and where to store personal items. At this point we will take care of any remaining trip payments and missing waivers. Be sure to leave your car keys with the office staff before being outfitted with gear. A General Store and Deli is available at the base of the Truckee River RV Park to pick up any last minute items such as sunscreen, hats, glasses, river shoes, if needed.  

For Carson River, Middle Fork, North Fork, and South Fork American Rivers

You will check in with our guides and staff at our whitewater rafting bus. At this point we will take care of any remaining trip payments and missing waivers. We encourage you to leave any unnecessary items at  home or locked in your personal vehicle for the day. Car keys, backpacks, and small valuables can be stored on the rafting vehicles. Sometimes our vehicles are unattended.

It’s time to meet your guides for your adventure! When all parties on your trip have been checked-in your  trip leader and guides will inform you on the trip progression, drive times, and gear outfitting for the day.  They will outfit you in PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices), helmets, and paddles. During our colder months we offer splash jackets and wetsuits for no additional cost.

Once outfitted in all of your rafting equipment, you will be given a detailed safety and river orientation talk. We’ll go over river safety and rescue scenarios and do’s and dont’s. All guests are required to attend this safety briefing prior to getting in a raft.  

After the safety talk, we set off for an enjoyable day whitewater river rafting. At this point, your individual guide is the captain and they instruct, give paddle commands and show you an amazing time on the water! The success of the day depends on teamwork with instruction from your guide. 

Once off the river, you’ll be shuttled back to our meeting / parking location. Your guides will be available to look at photos of your group going through the rapids of the day, and give recommendations for more  things to do locally! Although tipping isn’t required, our guides do greatly appreciate them. Be sure to  check out our one of a kind Tahoe Whitewater Tours gear to commemorate your adventure with us! We’ll see you next time!