River Ratings

The following descriptions are useful as general guidelines for the river’s difficulty.

If you have questions concerning which river is right for you, please contact our office.

Class I
Slow moving water. No rapids and no maneuvering required. Recommended for those wanting a totally relaxing float.

Class II
Slow flowing water. Some waves and minor rapids. Very little maneuvering required. Recommended for small children, senior citizens and beginners.

Class III
Swift current with minor obstacles. Substantial rapids, maneuvering required. Recommended for beginners and intermediate boaters.

Class IV
Swift current with numerous obstacles and rapids. Constant maneuvering required. Recommended for experienced boaters.

Class V
Very strong current with many obstacles, steep drops and long rapids. Scouting is mandatory. Expert maneuvering required. Recommended for experienced, healthy boaters.

Class VI
Considered to be unrunable. Not recommended.

How Safe Is It?
River rafting in general is considered one of the safest outdoor participant sports available to the public. All Redwoods and Rivers guides are certified in first aid, CPR and trained in swiftwater rescue!

Redwoods and Rivers uses only the finest whitewater equipment available. Rafts are made of durable polyurethane and consist of multiple air chambers, making them virtually unsinkable. Our life jackets are specially designed for whitewater use and are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Redwoods and Rivers takes pride in providing high-quality, rib-sticking wholesome meals. We will gladly accommodate any special dietary needs you may have (such as Vegetarian or vegan).Please notify us in advance.

For those who prefer the comforts of home, Redwoods and Rivers can arrange accommodations with the area’s finest Bed and Breakfasts or River Lodges.