FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

PLEASE, NO MUSIC AT CAMP OR ON THE RIVER!!
Please leave all musical devices at home.

What should I pack for my 2 - day rafting trip?                  
(Sat & Sun)

  • Please Pack The Following:
  • Driver's license or other form of ID to camp for trip confirmation.
  • Sleeping bag - one per person, label with colorful tape.
  • Large duffel bag for all your clothes & gear - one per person, label with colorful tape.
  • Tent - label with colorful tape.
  • Air mattress / thin foam pad for ground.
  • One change of clothes.
  • Swim-wear / shorts.
  • Basic rafting attire can consist of shorts, t-shirts, tennis shoes or Tevas.
  • Tennis shoes that lace tightly, or rugged sandals with secure straps like Tevas for rafting. This is very important!
  • You will not be able to raft with bare feet, flip flops, sandals or high heels.
  • Small plastic ice chest with drinks and ice for your raft ride for both days.
  • You must provide plenty of water for two days for your raft ride & for your lunches (lunch is provided both days).
  • Lots of beverages, Gatorade, BOTTLED WATER, sport drinks. Try to avoid soft drinks.
  • Loud Hawaiian attire for dinner feast.
  • Board Games, cards, dice, checkers, chess etc.
  • Dry shoes for around campsite.
  • White clothing for 100,000 watt black light disco party.
  • Hat and sunglasses with strap.
  • Disposable waterproof camera.
  • Sunscreen and towel for camp.
  • Flashlight.


Friday Night Campers Please bring plenty of extra ice to restock your rafting ice chest for Saturday and Sunday.

Please NO alcohol while rafting. Booze and rapids do not mix!

We rarely cancel trips because of weather. If it looks like rain, please bring a windbreaker, wool sweater, wool caps, and wool socks and/or rent a wet suit from your local dive shop. No cotton clothing.

What should I pack for my 1 - day rafting trip?
(Sat or Sun)

  • Plenty of water for your rafting trip
  • Swimwear / shorts
  • Laced tennis shoes or Tevas for rafting. You will not be able to raft with unacceptable footwear such as thongs or bare feet - they must be laced shoes
  • Disposable waterproof camera
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses with a head strap
  • Small plastic ice chest with plenty of water and ice for your raft ride
  • Change of clothes and towel for the ride home
  • If it looks like rain, bring and wool socks, a wool sweater, wool cap and rent a wetsuit from your local dive shop. It rarely rains in the summer but if it does, you'll be ready to go.

Please NO alcohol on the river, booze and rapids do not mix!

We rarely cancel trips because of weather. If it looks like rain, please bring a windbreaker, wool sweater, wool caps, and wool socks and/or rent a wetsuit from your local dive shop. No cotton clothing.

What is included in Friday Night Camping?

  • Friday Night Camping includes:
  • Dinner
  • Continental breakfast
  • Priority camping
  • Shuttle service from the parking lot to the campsite and to the river put in point on Saturday morning
  • Priority river put in
  • Classic comedy movie on the river

DINNER

You have a choice of humanely raised chicken breast, hamburger, garden burger, sweet corn on the cob, baked beans, dinner roll and guacamole and chips.

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Bagels, pastries, croissants, fruit, juice and coffee.

Please Note:

All Friday night campers will go directly from our campsite to the put in point on the river on Saturday morning. You will not be going back to the parking lot. If you are a group organizer, and you have other people in your group that did not camp with you on Friday night, then you need to designate one person in your group to distribute waiver and wristbands for the rest of your group that arrives at the parking lot on Saturday morning. It is the group organizers responsibility to inform our office of who that will be 7 days prior to your trip.
Shuttle service to our campsite begins at 4:15 PM Friday and ends at 9:45 PM. Late arrivals will not be allowed in the campground.
Dinner will be served between 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM.
Movie starts when it gets dark.
ABSOLUTELY no vehicles are allowed into our wilderness campsite at anytime.

What is included in the 2 - day rafting trip price?
(Sat & Sun)

Our 2 - day rafting trips include:
  • 2 days of whitewater rafting (approx. 4 hours the first day & approx. 5 hours the second day)
  • Bus service from the parking lot to the camping area and rafting put in point
  • Lunch, Appetizers, Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch again
  • Tent camping
  • Dance party under the stars

Dinner:

You have a choice of mesquite grilled NY steak, humanely raised chicken breast, or a garden burger, with giant 1 lb Idaho baked potato, sweet corn on the cob, pasta, artichoke hearts, fresh sourdough bread, shrimp and spinach dip, guacamole and chips, also a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese and tons of appetizers all served under the stars.

LUNCHES:

A Riverside Picnic: Turkey or ham, jack and cheddar cheese, fresh sourdough bread and chips.

BREAKFAST:

Our breakfast is a three-course masterpiece with fresh ranch scrambled eggs, ham, country potatoes, flour tortillas and salsa. Also, granola, fresh strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, apples, rolls and pastries with juice, coffee, hot cocoa, tea, apple cider and milk.

What is included in the 1 - day rafting trip price?
(Sat or Sun)

Our 1 - day rafting trip includes:
  • Over 4 hours of whitewater rafting
  • Bus service from the parking lot the rafting put in point
  • A picnic lunch on the river

Do you have vegetarian options for meals?

Yes!  For our vegetarian guests we provide the option of having a garden burger for dinner, and a jack or cheddar cheese sandwich for lunch.  Plus, we have TONS of vegetarian friendly appetizers, snacks and breakfast items that are vegetarian friendly.  To all our vegetarian guests - we will feed you well!

What time should I arrive for my rafting trip?

If you booked your trip through our online booking system you should get a confirmation of your chosen arrival time in your email inbox within 24 hours.  

If you booked your trip over the phone we will email you the arrival instructions once the booking is completed.  We can also mail you a copy of your arrival times and driving instructions should you request that.

What Class is the section of river that we will be rafting?

The section of the Upper Cache Creek that we run is rated Class III with some sections that are
Class II.   This river is ideal for beginners.  No experience is necessary to run this river.

I would like to book a new trip.  What should I do?

Please go to the Book Your Trip page and fill out our booking form.  Our new online booking system accepts credit/debit cards, checks and gift cards.  If you are booking a new trip you will have the option to set up a trip group if you are planning on having friends join you on the trip.  You can customize your booking choosing how many people will be in your group, what time they will be arriving, what you will be eating for dinner, etc.  Once you have booked your trip and entered your contact information a series of emails will be sent to you.  These will include a receipt for your booking, directions to the trip parking lot, group meeting times, etc.  If you still have questions after receiving these email conformations please don't hesitate to give us a call at (916) 643-9847.

I would like to book under an existing group.  What should I do?

If you would like to join an existing group please give us a call at 1(800) 977-4837 or email us at whitewateradventures@yahoo.com and one of our office staff will be more than happy to help you book your trip!

What kinds of wildlife am I likely to see on this rafting trip?

The Upper Cache plays host to a myriad of beautiful and majestic wildlife species.  As you make your way down the river you may see Black tailed deer, Tule elk, river otters, turtles, egrets, herons and a variety of other shore birds.  Red tailed hawks, osprey, falcons, golden and bald eagles soar high above the canyon walls.  Keep a close eye out for the resident bald eagle that is regularly seen perched just north of the Mother Rapid.  

What is this "Dance Party" that I keep hearing about?

After dinner at the campsite the Whitewater Adventures crew throws a black light dance party under the stars!  A large dance floor and stage  by the river serves as the backdrop and popular top 40's tunes fill the air as our rafters get down and dance the night away - until 10:30pm that is, at which point it's lights out.

How long is the 2018 rafting season?

This year our rafting season goes from June 17th - August 27th.  More dates may be added if needed.

Trip Dates for the 2018 Season Are:
June 16th & 17th
June 23th & 24th
June 30th 
July 1st 
July 7th & 8th
July 14th & 15th 
July 21st & 22nd
July 28th & 29th 
Aug 4th & 5th
Aug 11th & 12th
Aug 18th & 19th 


How do we book a trip with you?

To book a trip with Whitewater Adventures please go to the Book Your Trip page and enter your information into our online booking system.  Once you have entered your info you will be prompted to pay.  At this time we accept credit/debit cards, checks and gift certificates. 

Can we book a special event with Whitewater Adventures?

Absolutely!  To book a special event, wedding, corporate team building, swift water rescue, outdoor seminar/workshop or any other outdoor themed event please contact our special events planner, Jack, at
1 (800) 977-4837.

Where are you located?

We are located about 2 hours north of the Bay Area.  We're located in the remote Colusa Mountain range, in a volcanic canyon.  Upper Cache is right off of Highway 16.  Our parking lot is just a few miles past the town of Rumsey.  You can find it on your prefered map app by entering "Rumsey, CA" into the destination field, or you can visit our Contact Info page.

What rivers do you run?

We run all the rivers in Northern California and Oregon, but we mainly focus our attention to the Upper Cache Creek.  This is our favorite river to run in California!

What kinds of rafts do you have?

We have rafts for 2, 3, 4 and 5 person groups.  We have 2 man, self bailing and top of the line inflatable kayaks as well.

How much experience do you need to raft this river?

No experience is necessary to raft the Upper Cache.  This river is ideal for beginners.  Prior to rafting all of our rafters are put through a detailed orientation led by our trip leaders.  The rafts are easy to maneuver and user friendly.

How old do you have to be to raft?

We require our rafters to be at least 11 years old and to weigh at least 75 lbs.

Is there a weight limit?

Our weight limit is approximately 300 lbs depending on the girth of the individual.  This is due to life jacket regulations.

I'm pregnant. Can I still go rafting?

Please consult with your physician prior to booking your trip.

Do you have to know how to swim?

No.  We have people all the time who raft with us and don't know how to swim.  Your life jacket will keep you secure and afloat at all times.  However, you should feel comfortable in and around water

Do you have a group rate?

Yes!  For every 11 people that book a trip as part of a group, the 12th person goes free!  If you book 12 you only pay for 11.

What if I just want to camp, but don't want to raft?

That's perfectly OK with us.  Unfortunately the price will still be the same as if you do raft, so you should definitely consider giving it a shot.  You'll have a blast!  

Are there hotels in the area?

There are several hotels located in Vacaville, which is 1 hour's drive time from our meeting location.  Refer to the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce for a listing of hotels in the area.  Their phone number is (707) 448-6424.  Cache Creek Casino and several B&B's are also located in the nearby area.


When is the best time of year to go rafting?

Our entire season is great!  If we had to pick our favorite time to raft though it would be early June because all of the baby fawns, Tule Elk, wild turkey and wild boar roam the volcanic canyon during this time.

Do I need a wetsuit?

No.  The Upper Cache is a warm river.  The river is not fed from snow melt.  The water comes from Indian Valley and from Clear Lake.

Do I need a helmet?

A helmet is not required on Class III rivers.  However, if you wish to bring one you absolutely may.  This is optional.

What happens if I fall out of the raft?

It rarely happens, but if it does, stay calm, follow the directions from the orientation, and get back in our boat when it is safe to do so.

Is it safe?

We've been in business for over 25 years and have a terrific safety record.  The most common problems our rafters encounter are sunburn and dehydration.  If an emergency does occur we have trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) on the river and at camp.

If I can't go for some reason, can a friend take my place?

Yes, just make sure to call us at least 24 hours prior to your trip date to let us know about the change.  Without at least 24 hours of time to update our system we can't guarantee that we will be able to accommodate any last minute changes at the parking lot or campsite.  We will always do our best to make it work.

Can we drink alcohol on the river?

Not while rafting.  Alcohol and rapids do not mix!  Alcohol can be consumed responsibly back at camp.

Which movies are you going to be showing this year?

The Friday Night VIP Camping movie schedule for the 2017 rafting season coming soon. 


What time does the trip end on Sunday?

The typical ending time for most rafters is 2pm on Sunday. Our lovely river guides will be there to help you out of your raft and back to the campsite, where you can pack up and board the busses back to the group parking lot.  Trip photos, T-shirts, Sweatshirts and Trip Gift Certificates will be available for you to purchase in the group parking lot as well.

How long are we going to be on the river for each day?

It usually takes our rafters anywhere between 4 - 6 hours to raft the first day and about the same amount of time on the second day.
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