Truckee River - Tahoe City to River Branch

Tahoe City, California

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Crystal clear water, a sandy bottom, and spectacular Tahoe scenery combine to make this one of the most popular beginner float runs in Northern California. Sparkling clear water pours into the Truckee River from the surface of Lake Tahoe, one of the world’s clearest lakes. A very popular recreation resource, the river corridor supports fly-fishing, rafting, hiking, and bicycling on the bicycle path. The river is least crowded before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. From Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows Road, California Highway 89 runs along the right shore. The road provides an almost continuous view of the adjacent river. You can easily see flow conditions and rafts on the river. A half dozen small bridges cross the river to private land and private cabins.

Truckee River - Tahoe City to River Branch Professional Review and Guide

"Crystal clear water, a sandy bottom, and spectacular Tahoe scenery combine to make this one of the most popular beginner float runs in Northern California. Sparkling clear water pours into the Truckee River from the surface of Lake Tahoe, one of the world’s clearest lakes. A very popular recreation resource, the river corridor supports fly-fishing, rafting, hiking, and bicycling on the bicycle path. The river is least crowded before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. From Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows Road, California Highway 89 runs along the right shore. The road provides an almost continuous view of the adjacent river. You can easily see flow conditions and rafts on the river. A half dozen small bridges cross the river to private land and private cabins."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Tahoe City
Distance: 4
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Class: Class I-II
Season: Best late spring through autumn
Local Maps: USGS Tahoe City
Driving Directions: Directions to Truckee River - Tahoe City to River Branch

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May 2018