Thursday, June 27, 2019

Raft trips on the Mokelumne River to benefit river conservation - July 14 & July 28

There’s nothing more fun than a splashy raft trip on a hot summer day! Don’t miss your chance to raft the Mokelumne River near Jackson, with professional guides this July. The Mokelumne is California’s newest state-designated Wild and Scenic River.

On Sunday, July 14, and Sunday, July 28, you’ll have the rare opportunity to raft the Mokelumne River with O.A.R.S. of Angels Camp. O.A.R.S. will run guided trips at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on the Mokelumne’s 5.5-mile Electra-Middle Bar Run south of Jackson. The trips will benefit the Foothill Conservancy and support its efforts to protect and restore the Mokelumne River.
“This is a rare opportunity to float the Mokelumne and experience its beauty from river level with skilled guides and professional equipment,” said Conservancy President Katherine Evatt. “Regular commercial rafting is not yet allowed on the Mokelumne. Only a few trips each year are allowed by special permit.”

The trip is a fun introduction to whitewater rafting, suitable for families and healthy seniors. No prior rafting experience is required. You’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the scenery as well as fun, bouncy Class II-III rapids: the Chute, S-Turn, and Devil's Toilet Bowl. Below the Highway 49 Bridge, rafters may see ducks, geese, and other wildlife along the river. The entire trip, including transportation to and from the site, should take less than three hours.

Cost is $75 per person and space is limited. This year, we’re offering a special for those wanting to become new members of Foothill Conservancy. For $100 you can get the raft trip for just $60 and a new individual membership for $40. Advance reservations are required. Participants must be at least age 8 and adults should be in good health.  Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The trips will be guided and equipped by O.A.R.S. of Angels Camp, one of the world’s finest whitewater rafting companies, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. They have skilled, knowledgeable professional guides and well-equipped and maintained rafts.

To reserve your spot, see the Events section of the Foothill Conservancy website,, or go directly to

For more information about the raft trips, contact Carolyn at 209-223-3508 or e-mail her at For more about O.A.R.S., see

For more on Foothill Conservancy’s efforts to protect and restore the Mokelumne and photos of the river, or the Protect the Mokelumne River Facebook group. 

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