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Address: 2863 Hwy 49, Angels Camp, CA 95222
Phone Number: +1 209-736-2597
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Recognized by National Geographic Adventure as “The Best River & Sea...

Recognized by National Geographic Adventure as “The Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” and Outside magazine’s runner up for “Best Outfitter,” O.A.R.S. is among the most trusted names in the travel industry. Since 1969 the company has set the standard in first-class rafting & sea kayaking adventures with unparalleled experiences in the most iconic national parks and wilderness areas in Western North America and abroad.O.A.R.S. caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with experienced, professional guides and top-notch equipment and today offers more than 75 unique itineraries worldwide, including one-day and weekend escapes. Over the last four decades the California-based company has positively affected the lives of more than 500,000 travelers, due to their ability to meet the diverse needs of their broad spectrum of clientele—more than 60% of passengers return for additional trips or are referred by past guests each year.

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Great. Excellent staff. Excellent guides. Great equipment. Outstanding value. They are a reason they are the best in the business. Follow their planning guide and you got it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

Great. Excellent staff. Excellent guides. Great equipment. Outstanding value. They are a reason they are the best in the business. Follow their planning guide and you got it made.

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Valley Stream, New York
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

My group of 10 did the 5 day Hells Canyon Snake River rafting trip with O.A.R.S. Exceeded expectations in every category. At times we felt like getting the service and quality of food found on high end cruise ships (they just weigh 50,000 tons more than our rafts. All 5 guides for the total trip of 18 people were experienced... More 

Benton, Louisiana
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Our family of 4 with two teenagers 15 and 13 experienced one of the best summer vacations ever. We have traveled all over the world and the OARS company provided us with a first class adventurous experience. The level of knowledge and expertise coupled with great enthusiasm of the guides was second to none and gave us a peace of... More 

Thank TicoMedio
Las Vegas, Nevada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

WOW!! Absolutely one of the best times my husband and I have had. I can't say enough about our guides - Ben and Kelsey. Both very knowledgeable and personable. The Craft Beer from 21st Amendment was the best - you have a new customer for life. The food prepared by Donny & Chip from The Arnold Pantry was some of... More 

Thank DebLC00k
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Excellent guides, wonderful group, beautiful country, fun rapids, great food…. Good times. If you love an adventure, you must experience a rafting trip and OARS was excellent. If you need to escape from stress from whatever source, this is it. If you can play like you did when you were a child or you want to see if you still... More 

Thank lovewashington
Pasadena, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Very professional, knowledgeable and fun. You can tell by talking to local merchants that this outfit has the best reputation. Our guide (Shayne) had an enthusiasm that could not be faked. Went with 35 boy scouts and had a wonderful time!

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Oakland, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Just back from the Green River - 2nd year in a row with OARS. Pure magic on the river. The guides are working hard in the background to make everything look so seamless! OARS always has the best guides, best operations, and food. Evenings by the campfire were the best. Can't wait to do it again! Adventure of a lifetime.

Thank jenninecohen80
San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Went on the three day trip down the Tuolumne River. Ben was our guide and trip leader and was just fantastic. He was knowledgable about the river, the environment, habitat along with old miningand river stories. Ben is a true technician at mastering the level IV rapids. Our campsite was the best ever, great food prepared by all the wonderful... More 

Thank bize12
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Had a group of 7 go rafting this weekend with our river guides Sean sorrin and Chris seymore. Professional an entertaining, provided us with an excellent trip. Can't wait to be back again to raft with OARs. Nothing but a great time

Thank Rpostiglione
palo alto, california
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

You couldn't ask for a better outfit. The guides are top notch (James was our man - amazing ability to keep everyone, our boat and the entire group, entertained and safe). The campground - especially the pre-set platform tents, is beautiful and thoughtful. The platform tent area has two well-placed water features for beauty and sound masking. There are tons... More 

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