North Yuba River

Lunch Included!

The North Fork Yuba River is a rare whitewater rafting treat. This is a free flowing crystal clear river located near the town of Downieville, Ca.

River Miles
Min Age
Major Rapids


Departure: You will meet us at 11 AM at the Raley’s in Grass Valley, where you’ll meet your guide and load into our shuttle vehicle for the trip to the river. At riverside you will be outfitted with the gear you will need to safely enjoy your trip, including paddles, life jackets and helmets.

The Trip: You’ll enjoy some of the most fun rapids and beautiful views the North Fork of the Yuba River has to offer. Along the way, we’ll stop for a gourmet deli lunch served riverside.

Return: You will be returned to your starting point between 4:30 and 5:30 PM.

Goodyears Bar

North Fork of the
Yuba River

There are several Class 4 & 5 sections on the North Yuba River (Goodyears Bar, Moss Canyon, Wild Plum, Rossosco Ravine & Bullards Bar). This river is uncrowded (only 3 rafting companies) and provides spectacular wilderness scenery and continuous whitewater excitement.


Depending on the river level, weather & guest ability we may run a different section of the river, but the most popular section & the 1 we run the most is Goodyears Bar (aka Maytag).


The Goodyears (Maytag) Bar section starts with some warmup Class 2 & 3 rapids which leads you into several Class 4 & 4+ rapids, plus the Class 5 Maytag rapid after lunch.


WET River Trips  operates under permit from the Tahoe National Forest Yuba River Ranger District and is an equal opportunity service provider.


Most frequent questions and answers
  • Secure footwear; old tennis shoes or sturdy sandals with heel straps such as Tevas, Keens, and Chacos. NO FLIP FLOPS OR BARE FEET!
  • Swimsuit or shorts and T-shirt to wear on the rafts.
  • Sunglasses with neck strap (Please be sure to bring a neck strap for any glasses you plan on wearing on the raft.)
  • Sunscreen and lip ointment
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof camera (optional)
  • Light cap or visor (optional)
  • Any medicines you require (please contact us beforehand to ensure we can accommodate any needs)

Please feel free to bring whatever items you would like to leave in your car for retrieval after the trip. Camp Lotus features hot showers available for your use.

  • Optional gratuity for your hardworking guides
  • Dry Clothing
  • Water or other beverage
  • Dry towels 
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tent (optionally we can provide tents at a small cost)
  • Warm clothing for the evening.
  • Personal care items (Toothbrush, deodorant,  hair care products, etc.)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • One professional, talented, and possibly humorous river guide
  • White water raft (Crewed by your provided guide at all times)
  • Personal Flotation Device (Life-jacket)
  • Helmet
  • Paddle
  • Other required safety equipment
  • Wetsuits an paddle jackets may be required at additional cost during cooler months and are available upon request in warmer months.

Take a Closer Look

WET River Trips operates under permit from the Tahoe National Forest Yuba River Ranger District and is an equal opportunity service provider.

Raley's, 692 Freeman Ln, Grass Valley, CA 95949

Approximate Drive Times:

Sacramento: 1 hour and 10 minutes

San Francisco: 2 hours and 35 minutes

Please plan to arrive early. Trips must depart on time and no refunds will be given for late arrivals.