Tubing on the Truckee River is an exciting and relaxing adventure for the whole family not far from Tahoe City and Reno. Truckee River Whitewater Park offers large rafts to ride the waves and a leisurely float down the river. You can also bring your own inner tube and start in Tahoe City along the east and north shores of Lake Tahoe.
The most popular rafting route lies from a dam in Tahoe City to the River Ranch Resort. This four-mile Class 2 float is both easy and scenic. You'll be surrounded by tall pine trees, rocky banks and clear emerald waters of the river. It takes about 2-3 hours to complete the journey. Locals enjoy this fun activity, and you can see happy families floating with small Weber BBQs or people floating on air mattresses, as well as other unusual things.
River Ranch Lodge and Alpine Meadows mark the end of the most popular section of the Truckee River. If you travel on a professional raft with Truckee River Raft Company, you can float further, to Reno. Another option is to get dry and have a picnic in a beautiful setting. Truckee River Raft Company bus shuttle takes rafters back to Tahoe City.