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North Fork Yuba River Rafting

Best Class 4-5+ Spring Rafting - Lunch Included!

North Fork Yuba River rafting trips are a unique whitewater rafting treat! We offer several Class 4-5+ runs on the North Yuba River, Maytag (aka Goodyears Bar) run being the most popular. Crystal clear water, big rapids and no crowds, make white water adventures on the North Fork Yuba River a truly unique experience found nowhere else. Come see for yourself why the North Yuba is such a white water gem!

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Departure: You will meet us at 10 AM at the Indian Valley Campground in Tahoe National Forest, where you’ll meet your raft guide and load into our shuttle vehicle for the trip to the put-in. At put-in you will be outfitted with the rafting gear you will need to safely enjoy your trip, including paddles, life jackets and helmets.

The Trip: You’ll enjoy the most fun rapids and beautiful views the North Fork 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 - Maytag Rapid

Raft entering Maytag Rapid on the North Yuba River

North Fork 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.

Don’t forget to add the Video Package to your reservation so you can relive your adventure and share it with friends.


Raft Tips and Tricks
  • 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)
  • 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.

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

Yes! We love rafting with friends, family, and coworkers! Discounts on rafting are as follows;

  • 5%: 6-11 Rafters
  • 10%: 12-17 Rafters
  • 15%: 18-23 Rafters
  • 20%: 24+ Rafters

Note that discounts are not applied to other “add-ons” such as camping and photo/video packages.

Take a Closer Look

Indian Valley Campground

Approximate Drive Times:

Sacramento: 1 hour and 45 minutes

San Francisco: 3 hours and 15 minutes

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

Cell Reception is not reliable in this area! Please print your map/directions before departing for your trip.

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