Truckee Whitewater Rafting Park


Corner of Arlington and First Street
89501 Lake Tahoe,

NileGuide Expert tip:

Crowded on summer weekends. Try for weekday afternoons, and follow up with a movie at the nearby theater.


he Whitewater Park features:

  • Easy access from all directions
  • Large size – 11 drop-pools; total of 2,600 feet in length, or one-half mile. Five drop pools in the north channel; six in the south channel for kayaking maneuvers that decrease slightly in elevation with each successive pool, to keep them supplied with fresh water
  • 7,000 tons of smooth flat-top rocks and boulders installed along the river banks and in-stream for easy public access, spectators, and kayaking maneuvers
  • Deep pools with continual fresh water provide good habitat for fish, particularly Lahontan cutthroat trout
  • Surrounds grassy park with amphitheater and facilities for concerts, festivals, picnics, outdoor sports and recreation
  • Kayakers can start anywhere upstream and enjoy a great experience
  • Pedestrian walkway beneath Arlington Avenue for convenient mobility between east and west ends of Wingfield Park
  • Water temperature ranges between 50 and 70 degrees. It doesn't freeze
  • All users need to wear helmets and flotation jackets for protection and safety
  • Kayakers, at all levels, including beginners, can enjoy the whitewater park

Technical Details:

Length: 2,600 feet, including 1,400 feet in the north channel and 1,200 feet in the south channel or one-half mile.

Difficulty: Class 2 to 3 course. (on a scale of 1 to 6; one being a lake, six being a waterfall)

Users: kayaks, canoes and rafts, inner tubes

Maneuvers: freestyle including front and side surfing, cartwheeling, throwing ends, blunt moves, spoofing and splatting, flat spinning, loops, front flips, slalom racing. Random boulders in channels.


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