Many of the renown rapids in the Grand Canyon, such as Crystal and Lava Falls, get larger and become more exciting during higher water flows, and are at their peak for big whitewater. The solitude of the Selway River, which cuts through the heart of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, is unmatched by any multi-day whitewater river in the Lower 48. October – This is one of the best times of the year to go rafting. Of the 4 busy white water rafting months (June, July, Aug and Sept.) June is the least busy especially Sundays and weekdays. Rapid names like “Grim Reaper” and “Terminator” say it all. The scenery doesn’t disappoint either. OARS is an equal opportunity provider. The Rio Grande River has no shortage of world-class whitewater, but it’s the remote and rugged inner gorge—a 16-mile Class IV section of river known as the Taos Box—that attracts paddlers far and wide. Sundays are Middle Ocoee runs only. The Yampa River is the last free-flowing tributary of the entire Colorado River system. The environment starts to look even more colorful in October when yellow vegetation begins to bloom. Rafters not only get an inside look at the canyon but they are also rewarded with Class IV to V rapids for an adrenaline rush filled ride and enjoy the big whitewater during the high water season. If you don’t understand fluctuation or the Colorado River Management Plan, no need to worry. But it can mean very little to someone who has yet to learn about water flows on high volume rivers, such as the Colorado River. May, September and October tend to have more fluctuation than April, meaning the CRMP allows the water to be released between 8,000-16,000 cubic feet per second during these months. Only the middle section of the Ocoee River runs in March. This means that anytime you raft in the Grand Canyon, you will have exciting rapids and get to. If you are someone hoping for the chance of experiencing big whitewater in the Canyon, your best bet would be to travel during July or August. The big whitewater tends to be in late June, July or August. The further east you go, or the closest to river mile 0, it is normally cooler but they pick up as you travel downriver, or towards the west. This is a trip for the adrenaline-addicted who don’t mind having an audience since much of the river runs adjacent to scenic Highway 12 and the pullouts provide prime viewing for spectators. The busiest days are also the longest days of the year. Constant upkeep is imperative and regularly performed during the season. Instead, white water rafting season in the Grand Canyon is generally during the warmer months when air conditioning becomes a necessity in the Southwest, and more water is needed downstream for agriculture. The water is warming up with Ocoee River water temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. It’s difficult to bring extra people at the last minute. Sign up today for monthly giveaways, engaging stories & videos, special offers & more! What does this mean for big whitewater in the Grand Canyon?
This Class II, multi-day float trip winds through 83 miles of stunning desert landscape and one of the most complex canyons in the Colorado Plateau known as the Goosenecks—a spectacular labyrinth of towering red rock walls. The Ocoee’s busiest times are Saturday trip times between 10 AM and 2 PM in July, August and September. One thousand-foot basalt cliffs cascade down to desolate, soft beaches.
While you can visit Chattanooga or Ducktown Tennessee anytime of year, there are pros and cons to consider depending on when in the season you’re planning to visit. When you’re not paddling for your life, look up and take in the spectacular mountain scenery and nearby peaks in the heart of the San Juan National Forest. The middle Ocoee runs 5 day a week (every day except Tues. and Weds). It means that every year the water flows are different, and every month there is a team of scientists determining the amount of water that will be released downstream of Glen Canyon Dam. August – Early August is just like July. OARS is a proud member of Adventure Collection, a partnership of the world's premiere adventure travel companies. Since not all river trips are about the whitewater, we’d be remiss to not mention the San Juan River, a classic desert rafting trip that’s at its best in the spring. The Illinois River is the Holy Grail of Oregon whitewater. All in all we still recommend avoiding the busiest times if your schedule will allow. Seasoned guides go through training courses to stay fresh on their knowledge and CPR/First Aid, and new guides get put through the training wringer. This is a solid technical run that’s not for newbies. We provide complimentary wetsuits and spray pants and jackets to help you stay warm. With 10 major rapids on this 11 km run, plus numerous smaller rapids, there is plenty to get excited about.
The Middle Owyhee features Class IV rapids and the infamous Class V Widowmaker, and therefore is for expert river runners only.
The water from the Colorado River is shared amongst 7 states and Mexico. We are a FREE SERVICE supported by our outfitters at absolutely no additional cost to you, big whitewater rafting experience in the Grand Canyon, Autumn is an optimal time to visit the Grand Canyon, The higher the water level (cubic feet per second) being released, the larger many of the “big” rapids in Grand Canyon become. It’s not every year that paddlers get to catch this exceptional desert river in eastern Arizona, which relies on snowmelt from the White Mountains. Hot springs bubble up along the banks. We are a team of experts, having voyaged every route in every raft down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and are ready to help you plan your trip! And let us find the best rafting trips for you. There are several good reasons to avoid the busiest rafting times if you can help it.
Flowing untamed through a beautiful forested gorge with 2,000-foot cliffs, the emerald green waters of this Wild & Scenic River deliver rapid after Class IV rapid of nearly non-stop, white-knuckle whitewater, followed by a stretch of more gentle Class II-III rapids. Some who seek it never find it. We’re talking about the best spring rafting trips in the West, the coveted runs that offer optimal rafting conditions for only a short period of time each season, if at all. Don’t fret, you’ll still get your whitewater, but with the river carrying slightly less water during this time of the year, your overall experience will be more laid-back. Photos: Yampa River – Jim Block; San Juan River – Pat H.; Selway River – U.S. Forest Service (Flickr); Owyhee River – Justin Bailie; North Fork American River – James Rodger; Salt River – Mild to Wild Rafting, Rio Grande River – Bob Wick, BLM (Flickr). April – This is a great time for Ocoee River rafting. Wondering what everybody is up to when the whitewater rafting season in the Grand Canyon is over?
Since the Kaweah is free-flowing before it reaches Terminus Reservoir, you have to catch this thrilling spring rafting trip during the peak snowmelt window which is typically April through June. Flowing from the peaks of Sequoia National Park, the Kaweah River is one of the steepest river drainages in the country, and as a result, has some of the best whitewater rafting in California. Lots of people like the festive atmosphere created by big crowds and the Ocoee’s busiest days definitely qualify.
Though spring is a blissful and comfortable time of year to raft your way through the Grand Canyon, you will unquestionably experience the Canyon in all of its many faces of glory no matter what time of the year you decide to visit. Web Visit website. On the other hand the rafting trip itself isn’t much different whether it’s a busy day or a laid back day. As one of the first eight rivers designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Selway is undammed meaning spring flows are high, cold and rowdy with the most dependable flows typically in June.
Or book a late afternoon Saturday trip and spend Saturday night with us. Which spring rafting trips do you chase each season? The Grand Canyon attracts tourists because of its unique and intriguing geology. Those with the skill and guts, however, are rewarded by crystal-clear water, stunning greenery, challenging rapids, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from running the wildest whitewater in the state. Visitors must be prepared with clothing for both cooler and warmer temperatures, as they may expect to have both during their trip. If you prefer a more comfortable outside air temperature, April averages 83°F highs and 53°F lows while May averages 93°F highs and 67°Fs, making for some ideal hiking and rafting conditions down in the Canyon. Regardless of the water flow speeds, there is one constant and that is the fact that towards the mouth of lake mead, when nearing the end of your full or lower canyon raft trip, the water does slow down. sees a lot of use during the commercial Grand Canyon rafting season. The weather during April is apt with temperature within 30 degree Celsius in day and under 18 degree Celsius in nights. There’s really no wrong time to visit and raft the Grand Canyon during the commercial rafting season, but if moderate weather is a factor, the fall season might be the right time for you. It’s hard to find a parking space. The weather is still hot and the Ocoee River water temperature is in the mid 70s. Others find it and are scared senseless. River rafting in Rishikesh, during summers, is just the ideal way to cool the heat of summers. The relaxed atmosphere on the river, contrasting with the teamwork demands of whitewater gives you a family rafting vacation full of unforgettable outdoor adventure. Every year the amount of water being released changes with the amount of moisture gained in the winter, due to this rafting outfitters cannot guarantee any water levels during any time of year. The upper Ocoee runs on the weekends. With intricate boulder gardens, rushing falls and staircase drops, this 10-mile stretch of California whitewater rafting promises intense paddling and plenty of adrenaline-inducing thrills for adventurous paddlers looking for a good challenge.
The decision of when to raft Grand Canyon or the best time to visit grand canyon comes down to personal preference. Coincidentally and historically, this is when most people visit grand canyon and the rims. Raftable flows can start as early as March and run through June, or may not run at all in years with a below average snowpack. Your guides will educate you on this during your trip.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River gets top marks for its incredible whitewater sequences and unbeatable… On the other hand, regardless of the month, visitors should note that there are temperature differences along the way.