Redwoods and Rivers
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Redwoods & Rivers offer quality river trips on the Trinity, Klamath, and other Northern Ca. Rivers. We believe that a quality river trip has these important themes: safety (always comes first), fun, educational, and spiritually rewarding. Staying true to these themes Redwoods and Rivers has over the years evolved into one of the leading rafting companies in Northern California. Redwoods and Rivers is well known for our many special trips, schools, and retreats, and especially for the consistently high quality of our river guides. Our homestead and base camp on the Trinity River is a demonstration sustainable living resort that includes a private river beach, plush tent cabins, an awesome tree house, large organic garden as well as many projects that demonstrate sustainable living.
Big Bar, California

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Aug 2021 • Family
So much thanks to Michael and Brian for an unforgettable rafting experience down the Trinity River. My granddaughter is 11 and has special needs so Michael set up a trip for just the 4 of us with special consideration for her. It was great with just enough white water for excitement. Our guide, Brian, was the best! His motto for the day was "whatever you want". He knew so much about the river, floral and fauna, and native cultures in the area that was a real plus. One of the best highlights was when he encouraged us to get into the river and float - such peace! An unexpected fire had ignited the night before our trip in the forest above Redwoods and Rivers. This would have caused concern if it had not been for the expertise of Michael and Brian which made us feel safe. They had to evacuate the next day! We would love to go back for another trip. This one couldn't have been better.
Written August 17, 2021
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Carey T
Grapeland, Texas, United States32 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
My husband and I had a great time on the full day white water rafting trip. We were along with another group of four people. Our guide was Raymond, and he was very knowledgeable of the river and of how to instruct novice rafters to maneuver the raft. After putting in the river, he gave us a lesson in rafting and was very clear of what was expected of us. All equipment such as life vests, helmets and paddles were furnished. We rafted for about 1 1/2 hours and then stopped for an excellent spread of a lunch buffet of sorts. The rest of the trip was very fun. There were different turns and bends in the river--some very exciting dips and drops (Hells Hole) and some mild and placid. We saw ducks, deer and beautiful scenery. Overall a great, fun, exciting experience -- I am glad that we took the adventure. I would do this trip again.
Written June 16, 2014
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Lake Arrowhead, CA259 contributions
Aug 2012 • Friends
There are two options to consider--full or half day trips. Both run the same stretch of river, but the full day includes lunch, time to play in the water and generally enjoy the surroundings more. My friends and I opted for the full day and had a blast! We met at the company's base camp, where we were fitted for helmets and life jackets, and then were shuttled to the put-in location. There, we received safety instructions (which can be intimidating but need to be said.) Our little group of 3 had one of the smaller rafts with our guide, Jeremy, who taught us how to paddle and had us practice on the quiet, calm waters at our entry site. The current starts out nice and easy--plenty of time to get used to the commands and feel for the water. We stopped for lunch at a little beach where we unloaded the coolers and hiked up a short, steep hill to a clearing with a picnic table. While one guide was setting up lunch, Jeremy led us on an uphill hike to a refreshing waterfall. Lunch was waiting for us when we got back--sandwiches, fruit, veggies, and water to refill our bottles. It was a nice break and a beautiful spot.

After lunch, we started hitting the Class II and III rapids and our paddling skills were really tested! Jeremy was great about briefing us on each rapid before we hit it, preparing us for what was coming (and definitely getting our hearts pumping!) The biggest, most challenging rapid is Hell's Hole. Our raft literally was airborne as it went over the waterfall--we were paddling the air! We landed in the white, churling water, which swamped our raft, a little too much to one side, and two of us went "swimming" (a rafter's term for being dumped!) No problem--the lead boat was waiting for us if we needed their help, which we didn't, and after swimming to the eddy, we were pulled back into our raft. That spot also happens to be where the photographers are set up, so we have some awesome photos in succession of our little adventure. Fun! Along the way, Jeremy pointed out wildlife--certain birds, a bald eagle, two fawns and a turtle basking on a warm rock. The entire experience was both relaxing and exhilerating, and Jeremy was great about answering our many questions, helping us get the photo CD, and making sure we were having a good time. The company website provides a list of what to bring/wear--all good info, so take their advice. This is a great trip for beginners--just enough thrills to keep it exciting without being terrifying. Enjoy!
Written August 21, 2012
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San Diego, CA37 contributions
We took a group that ranged in age from 10 - 64 and we all had a really great time. tip: Ask for Chris, drink plenty of water, take Advil ahead of time, and listen when they say to wedge your foot into the raft... That tip alone will keep you in the raft!

This was a first class experience and it was worth every penny.
Written July 20, 2014
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22 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
We had such a great time riding the rapids with a great guide-Hannah. Our family had a rough start as we hit the driveway with a little too much speed, and ended up stuck in the ditch. Not a problem for the owner of the company, Michael. He was so calm, and pleasant, and helped us out along with another of the guides. We were completely versed on safety, and felt very confident with our children, 12, 14, and 15 year olds. My son fell out of the boat on one rapid, but knew exactly what to do, as Hannah gave us a thorough lesson prior to setting out. The trip was highlighted in photos taken on the ride by a very good photographer. I can't wait to get my pictures! I highly recommend this company for an excellent adventure!
Written July 10, 2014
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Adam L
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Oct 2016 • Couples
My girlfriend and I were traveling down the coast to San Francisco and had some extra time so we thought it might be fun to try something different. We found Redwoods and Rivers on trip advisor and figured we'd give it a shot! We signed up for just a half day starting at 2:00pm. While it took us a while longer to get there than expected (winding roads and tons of construction stops) it was well worth it! Ray and the guys were super accommodating and were still able to get us out on the river for a decent length ride. It was just the two of us plus Ray our guide which made it a very personalized experience. We hit some pretty good rapids (never felt unsafe but certainly enough to say yikes!) and lots to look at in the calm patches. Definitely would do it again but would go for a longer day on the river next time!
Written October 19, 2016
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Eureka, CA291 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
This trip is a must go!! My daughter and husband went on the all day trip with lunch included. This is a great way to spend the day with your family. They take pictures that you can purchase...which is great for a memento to take home. Definitely go if you are in the area. Awesome guide and a wonderful company to work with. My son and myself couldn't make this trip but definitely plan to next time. We would like to do the camping one next time.
Written September 6, 2015
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San Diego, CA1 contribution
Jun 2015 • Friends
I've visited Michael (owner) and his rafting business 13 times in the last 13 years, with my first trip in 2002. Michael and his wife have become very good friends (close to family feeling) due to their kindness, hospitality, and beautiful country they live in. What a contrast to the concrete & freeways in my everyday world.

Getting there
You can fly into Eureka, CA or Redding, CA, and it is 75 miles from either airport, or you can get a cheaper flight into Sacramento, and it is about a 4 hour drive from there. Use a separate GPS, not the one on your phone!! After 13 visits, no, there's no cell reception, so your phone won't work. Using a separate GPS, punch in coordinates North 40.777475, West 123.332234. This will take you right to Redwoods & Rivers' front door. Yes, they are next to "Del Loma RV Park".

What you'll need
Everything is provided, except for water shoes. If you surf, booties are great, as the river water is cold. You'll also need sunblock, sunglasses (but you may lose these in the river, so nothing expensive), water bottle (stay hydrated), and camera (again, nothing expensive)
Also, chill out if your cell doesn't work. Use it as a great excuse to get away from your city life and hectic pace.

The rafting is great! Go for the full day trip, and lunch is provided. The best time to go is during late March, early April, as the snow pack is melting.
Written June 13, 2015
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