Turtle River Rafting Company has been guiding whitewater rafting trips in Northern California on the Klamath, Trinity, Sacramento, Salmon, and Scott rivers since 1976. In the early 80′s we added the Rogue and Owyhee rivers in Oregon to our schedule.

Our home is in Mount Shasta. The rivers running through the mountains of northern California offer some of the best whitewater rafting in the western United States. This rugged, mountainous country is also treasured for its solitude, exceptional wildlife, and fabulous scenery.

Beginning with the 2014 river season, my friends John & Chantal of River Dancers will be taking over the reins of Turtle River. It’s been my great joy to have been involved with Turtle River for over 35 years, but the time has come to move on to new adventures. All of the river and contact information on this website will direct you to the same great trips that have been the hallmark of Turtle River.

Thank you, Rick Demarest

River Dancers website: River Dancers

Whitewater Rafting Trips in Northern California and Southern Oregon

Our most popular family rafting trip. Wilderness canyons, Ukonom Falls, sandy beaches, bald eagles, river otters…and whitewater!
1 to 5-days | May – Sept | Class 3
Special Family Trips | Ages 5 – up

Close to Mount Shasta & Ashland.
Whitewater, blackberries, wildlife.
1 & 2-days | May through August
Class 2+ | Ages 4 & older

Historic Weaverville – Exciting rapids, Hot summer days, Cool flowing river.
1 & 2-days | May through August
Class 3 | Ages 7 & up


Flowing from the slopes of Mt. Shasta – California’s best spring whitewater.
Class 3 | April & May

The wild ones: Class 5, big drops, granite canyons, crystal clear water.
1 to 4-days | April, May, June

Spectacular Oregon high desert | hot springs, ancient rock art | 50 miles.
Class 3 | 5 to 8-days | April – May

“Got back yesterday from our first rafting trip on the Middle Klamath with my two boys, their friends, and their dad Greg. Ken was our guide and I can’t say enough good things about our experience. Ken was professional, knowledgeable, and extremely friendly. I don’t think we could have picked a better rafting company for our first rafting trip. Thanks to Ken and Turtle River Rafting. We will be contacting you again for our next trip. Love the videos on your page.”
Ed Shepard, May – 2013