Whether you’re a seasoned rafter seeking whitewater thrills or have never been on a river rafting trip, you can find a variety of early season river rafting specials available through the many river rafting and kayak operators. El Dorado County is home to the South Fork of the American River, the West Coast’s most popular whitewater river, offering intermediate (Class III) adventures along the backdrop of Gold Rush history.

early season river rafting specials in El Dorado County | Photo: James Kaiser / OARS

For those looking to get on the river and save a few dollars, there are numerous early season river rafting specials offered now through the end of April (and May), ranging in distance and ability. Check out the below offers and get planning. After all, as Warren Miller says, if you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.

rafting on the American River | Photo: James Kaiser / OARS


All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting – Book by April 30th, raft by June 30th, and save 20% on your trip.

Raft California –  Save 20% on any trips that are booked and scheduled for May. That results in savings that range from $30 to $80/person depending on the trip.

OARS – Buy one get one for 50% off when you book any AM Chili Bar trip on the South Fork of the American River in 2019 + free camping & hot breakfast when requested at the time of reservation! OARS requires a minimum of 8 people total (including other campers) to serve breakfast.

Tahoe Whitewater Tours – Book your whitewater adventure for any day in April and receive $25 off per person on any Full Day adventure, and $10 off any Half Day adventure. Book any day in May and receive $15 off per person on any Full Day adventure, and $7 any Half Day adventure. Offer ends May 31.

Tributary Whitewater Tours – Save up to $30 off early season rafting trips and trips starting at $78 + 8% river use fee. The One-Day Full River Trip has been the most popular trip so far this season – fast and fun!

Whitewater Excitement offers a variety of rates and discounts depending on group size and the day of the planned trip.

Photos: James Kaiser / OARS