Northern California Rafting

The World-Class Whitewater Rivers of Northern California

We are a small guide owned and operated company offering whitewater rafting in Northern California – from mellow to heart-pounding, and from Half-day excursions to Multi-day wilderness vacations. You will enjoy world-class river trips in small groups with unparalleled personal service, a handcrafted quality and attention to detail, organic meals, and one of the most experienced (and friendly) guide staff’s in the world. Northern California is the Land of the Bigfoot, home to abundant wildlife including Black Bear and Bald Eagles, and is one of the most geologically unique regions on the planet! It features stunning whitewater in the Klamath Siskiyou Mountains, from the impressive Class V California Salmon to the relaxed adventure of the Lower Klamath that is perfect for families. Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced paddler, join us for a Northern California river trip like no other!

Visit our About Us and Why Momentum pages to learn more. Below are our Northern California Rafting trips or you can see all our river trips with our interactive rivers map.


Our Northern California Rafting Trips

Recent Testimonials

  • "The Best – Our family has been on two rafting trips with Momentum, the Klamath and the Rogue, and they were really first rate. The guides are very experienced and great company, the food is excellent, and they make sure you have a wonderful ride without compromising safety in any way. They go the extra mile on everything e.g. providing gluten free food for one of our party, sending out a guide early in the morning to get the best camping sites, playing games with the kids in the evenings and so on. An extra notch above any other rafting company we have been with. Highly recommended."
  • "The guys are still buzzing about the trip, and I think I speak for everyone when I say it was the finest whitewater river that we’ve ever done" - John
  • "Exceptional guides in a beautiful place – camped at a beautiful and remote spot on the California Salmon River. Our guides had comfortable tents and great home cooked meals for us each day. The guide in our boat had 20 plus years experience guiding around the world and took us down awesome Class 5 rapids with skill and care. She gave us as much excitement as possible while keeping us safe. I could not recommend this outfit more highly."
  • "Just a wonderful company – Anthony, you rock! – Third trip to do the Cal-Salmon and Scott River. Felt like coming home to old friends. Anthony, as always, you make the rest of us geeks feel like we could navigate any river with you. Your commitment to our safety, plus your commitment to this area, the environment, and the people here, especially the natives, along with the rest of your awesome crew, Mike, Orea, and Faye (thank goodness for driving those roads LOL), always make this a special time."
  • "Just wanted to let you know that Jeanne, Molly, Casey and I had a really great time on our Lower Klamath River adventure. Mike, Jane and Rebecca were true professionals. They kept us safe, cooked great meals and worked very hard to make the trip a huge success. We especially appreciated how much they interacted with the children to make them feel special. We’ve got more grandchildren coming up to age 12 and we hope you keep doing this trip every year. We’d take every trip with Mike, Jane and Rebecca but we know you’ve got other great guides too. You have a great company and I tell all my friends about your river trips. Hope to see you soon on another river trip. "
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