Half Day South Fork "The Rush":
This wild ride meets at the Cascade Raft river center, where you will check-in and board the shuttle bus to the Confluence launch site, just downstream from Garden Valley. There, your guide staff will equip everyone with lifejackets, paddles, helmets, and safety information before you start the 8-mile trip to Banks. On this exciting section of the river, you will descend rapids including Bronco Billy (class IV), Dog Leg (class III), Tight and Right (class III), Staircase (class IV), and Slalom (class IV). Be prepared to get drenched by big waves that splash over the raft as you paddle downstream. Teamwork and enthusiastic paddling directed by your licensed, experienced guides will help you successfully negotiate the river. The length and more technical nature of these rapids create an exhilarating whitewater challenge, but you’ll still find time to relax and even jump out and swim alongside the raft between the rapids. For safety, we require that all rafters on our Lower South Fork trip fit properly into an adult-sized lifejacket, weigh at least 100 pounds, and are 12 years or older.
Full Day South Fork "The Plunge"
Cascade Raft river center, where you will meet your guides and then head upstream on a 40-minute shuttle ride to the put in at the Deadwood Campground. Gear up with lifejackets, helmets, paddles, and safety info before we hit the water. The Canyon features continuous class III and IV rapids, including Oxbow, Gateway, Blackadar, Lone Pine, Little Falls, and Surprise. The successful negotiation of these rapids requires energetic paddling and teamwork under our most experienced guides' direction. After a few miles, we will disembark to portage Big Falls (an unrunnable 40 waterfall) and admire its beauty and power. A few more rapids take us to our lunch break on the scenic shore, where your guides will prepare and serve a midday fuel-up. For safety, we require that all rafters on our South Fork Canyon trip are able to assist with the portage, fit properly into an adult-sized lifejacket, weigh at least 100 pounds, and are 12 years or older.