Whitewater Rapids. Spring Thaw | Good Sam Tenting

Whitewater rapids are set to swell with an epic spring soften.

Discover RV parks close to thrilling water locations on Good Sam’s Boating Fun web page.

Prepare for the large thaw. The document snowfalls of winter are melting into a large runoff within the spring, fueling rivers throughout the West. The end result: excellent whitewater paddling in a number of the hottest paddlesport places within the U.S. From Montana to New Mexico, rafters and kayakers are drooling over quicker currents, larger swells, and taller waves. Hit the whitewater whereas peak thrills nonetheless final: we’ve picked 9 thrilling river locations with close by Good Sam Parks.

Seek the advice of WetPlanetWhitewater.com’s guide for whitewater classifications earlier than setting out.

Rafters hurtle through Lava Falls on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon National Park. Photo: Grand Canyon NPS

Rafters hurtle by way of Lava Falls on the Colorado River within the Grand Canyon Nationwide Park. Photograph: Grand Canyon NPS

Colorado River, Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Colorado River generates formidable rapids because it flows alongside the ground of the Grand Canyon. The Decrease Canyon on the western finish of the park boasts a 192-mile stretch of river with a excessive focus of Class IV whitewater. Really feel your pulse race on the infamous Lava Falls, with daunting obstacles like Saddle Rock, Ledge Gap, and Hump Wave. Whereas floating on the extra sedate stretches of the river, rafters can gaze up on the scenic Granite Gorges and Grand Wash Partitions. Several outfitters offer rafting trips.

Situated in Williams, the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park situates guests close to a historic practice line that whisks passengers to the nationwide park.

South Fork of the American River, California

About 50 miles east of Sacramento, this waterway churns out frothing rapids, particularly within the stretch from Chili Bar to Folsom Reservoir. Upstream, the Chili Bar dam retains the enjoyable going with fastidiously timed releases, sustaining the Class II and Class III segments of the river. The Chili Bar Put In in Placerville close to State Freeway 193 is the place to begin for an exciting odyssey. Shuttles ferry riders again upstream for extra loopy enjoyable. Obstacles like Troublemaker Gap and the Cesspool put paddlers’ expertise to the check.

Thousand Trails Ponderosa places on the banks of the American River places vacationers proper alongside the motion.  

A kayaker navigates heavy rapids

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The Kaweah River, California

Fed by snowmelt, this Southern Sierra river enjoys peak rapids in April and Could. The river is among the nation’s steepest river runs, flowing southwest from Sequoia Nationwide Park, the waterway drops roughly two miles on its 34-mile course to the San Joaquin Vally. Paddlers can get pleasure from lengthy boulder slaloms and a speedy present.

Close to the shores of Lake Kaweah, Lemon Cove Village RV Park in Lemon Cowl places vacationers near some unbelievable water recreation.

Paddles on a blue raft in calm waters

Paddling on the Kern River

Kern River, California

Northwest of Bakersfield, the Kern River attracts rafters and kayakers to with thrilling rapids that vary between Class III and Class IV. Tour guides can match rafters up with the suitable journey, relying on ability stage.

Lake Isabella RV Resort sits near each river and lake journey potentialities. 

Paddlers in a yellow raft get ready for some whitewater action

Hitting the Merced River.

Merced River, California

Simply exterior of Yosemite Nationwide Park, the Merced River churns with 18 miles of steady Class IV rapids. Guests can join rafting journeys with Oars, an clothes shop that makes a speciality of eclectic rafting adventures. Take a 1-day journey stuffed with hair-raising thrills or go for a 3-day jaunt that features tenting and mountain climbing. This rafting journey will match completely right into a trip to Yosemite, San Francisco, the Napa Valley and the California coast.

At Yosemite Lakes RV Resort, friends can go swimming, fishing and panning for gold within the Tuolumne River that runs by way of the campground.

Riding a bright green kayak, a young man navigates frothing rapids in Glenwood Whitewater Park & Activity Area.

A kayaker rides whitewater at Glenwood Whitewater Park & Exercise Space. Photograph: #VisitGlenwood.

Colorado River, Colorado

The Glenwood Whitewater Park & Exercise Space in Glenwood Springs dishes out whitewater thrills for the entire household. As soon as the positioning for the U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Crew Trials, the park has the excellence of being the primary whitewater function constructed on any stretch of the Colorado River. The park presents kayakers, rafters, and even standup paddleboarders a spot to hone their expertise and agility. The park’s signature function is the standing wave, often known as the G-wave. Simply two miles upstream, Glenwood Canyon thrills rafters and kayakers with Class IV and V rapids.

Glenwood Canyon Resort locations friends near Rocky Mountain journey, together with the world-famous Scorching Springs Pool.

Using oars, a man guides his boat through whitewater in Montana with mountains in the background.

Rafting and boating on the rapids of Montana’s Madison River. Picture: BLM

Madison River, Montana

About 80 miles north of West Yellowstone, the Madison River surges by way of the ruggedly stunning terrain of the Bear Lure Canyon Wilderness. Guests to this Bureau of Land Administration space can take a 9-mile float journey beneath 2,000-foot cliffs and the well-known Class V “Kitchen Sink” rapids on the finish. That is really useful solely for many who possess severe whitewater expertise. When you want mountain climbing, hit the path that runs the size of the river and watch the daredevils sweat it within the present.

Visitors at Ennis RV Village can float or fly fish within the close by Madison River. Bozeman is only one hour to the east.

A kayaker propels his bright yellow kayak in front of a crowd through the whitewater in the Truckee Whitewater Park in Reno.

A kayaker showcases his expertise throughout a contest within the Truckee Whitewater Park in Reno. Photograph: TravelNevada

Truckee River, Nevada

Reno’s Truckee River Whitewater Park encompasses a 2,600-foot stretch of river with 11 drop swimming pools for kayaking recreation. The riverbanks of the Class II to Class III park are lined with 7,000 tons of clean, flat-top rocks and boulders for simple public entry and enhancement of kayaking maneuvers. That is the place for kayakers to refine their aspect browsing, cartwheeling, entrance flips and extra. When you want to remain dry, you may sit down within the spectator space and watch the motion within the water beneath.

Simply two miles south of the Whitewater Park, the Silver Sage RV Park sits minutes from casinos, eating places and extra.

A yellow raft laden with fun seekers paddles on a rough part of the Rogue River.

Rafting down the rapids of the Rogue River. Photograph: Oregon Journey.

Rogue River, Oregon

Winding by way of southern Oregon, the Rogue River foams with world-class rafting with wild rapids pulsing amid rugged, forested terrain. Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Adventures takes friends by way of multi-day float journeys by way of 40 miles of the Wild and Scenic Part of the Rogue River with greater than 20 Class II-to-IV rapids. Visitors can float on a raft or single-person kayak with stops for riverside lunches and visits to historic websites and side-creek swim holes.

Located within the coronary heart of vibrant Grants Cross, Jack’s Landing RV Resort options all of the facilities you’ll want for a restful keep between adventures on the river.