Whitewater rafting on the Tuolumne River near Yosemite
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Top 5 river trips for white water

White water! It's what makes white water rafting more than just a lazy day on the river. All of our trips have white water, but if you want to wear a helmet and get your heart pounding, you can't beat these five rivers:

White water rafting on the Tuolumne River near Yosemite1. Tuolumne

Mile for mile, probably the best white water river trip in the west. The "T" is 18 miles of rapids only 150 miles from San Francisco.
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2. Illinois

A little secret gem tucked into southern Oregon, the Illinois offers great white water and exquisite scenery.
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3. Selway

World-class white water and the most tightly regulated river in the west; one trip launches per day!
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4. Middle Fork Salmon

The Middle Fork is the classic alpine white water trip; great rapids (and a lot of them) combined with beautiful mountain scenery. And good hiking. And fascinating history. And world-class fly-fishing. And, oh yeah, HOTSPRINGS!
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5. Merced

When the flow is high (mid-May to mid-June), there is no better day of white water rafting: all-forward, straight-shot lines through big, roller-coaster waves. All day. Super fun.
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