Here's some of our favorite whitewater rapids
Clear Creek Whitewater Park
Golden, Colorado0.3 miles W of Golden, Colorado
Dedicated in 1998 and located in Golden, Colorado, Clear Creek Park is one of the most unique parks in Colorado filled with water activities such as kayaking and canoeing. It reaches a quarter...Canoe, Hike, Kayak, Mountain Bike, Swim, Whitewater
Tellico Plains, Tennessee7.1 miles E of Tellico Plains, Tennessee
The Tellico River is the home of the Baby Falls waterfall/swimming hole. Although it is beautiful at all times of the year, fall has been said to be one of the most beautiful and favorite times for...Hike, Kayak, Swim, Whitewater 3.8 mi
Gatlinburg, Tennessee8.6 miles E of Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Hike, Kayak, Swim, and Whitewater near Gatlinburg, TennesseeHike, Kayak, Swim, Whitewater
Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park0.6 miles SE of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park
The main fork of Merced River at Yosemite National Park is a perfect place to fish, swim, raft, and even pan for gold. The river circles around the center of Yosemite Valley, and almost every...Camp, Swim, Whitewater
San Francisco, California2.2 miles N of San Francisco, California
Alongside of the North Fork of the American River in the Auburn State Recreation Area, there are several swimming holes. Located at Emigrant Gap in the Tahoe National Forest, the North...Hike, Horseback, Kayak, Rock Climb, Swim, Whitewater
Big Laurel Creek Area
Marshall, North Carolina8.6 miles NW of Marshall, North Carolina
An easy, family-type, hike to several swimming holes of various degrees of challenge in Big Laurel Creek on its way to join the French Broad River. For details... Bathing suits: May be optional at...Hike, Kayak, Swim, Whitewater
Sinks Canyon State Park
Lander, Wyoming6.2 miles SW of Lander, Wyoming
Sinks Canyon State Park is located in the Wind River Mountains. The park gets its name "The Sinks", from the part of the Popo Agie river that flows underground into a...Cave, Hike, Rock Climb, Whitewater
Trinity River below Pidgeon Point
Junction City, California4.8 miles NW of Junction City, California
This is probably the third best intermediate run in California, after the Stanislaus Camp 9 run (under New Melones Reservoir most of the time) and the South Fork of the American near Coloma. The...Whitewater
- Plan Ahead and Prepare. Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use. Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups. Repackage food to minimize waste. Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.
- Travel & camp on durable surfaces. Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow. Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
- Dispose of waste properly. Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter. Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.
- Leave what you find. Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
- Minimize campfire impacts. Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the environment. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires. Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand. Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
- Respect wildlife. Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. Control pets at all times, or leave them at home. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
- Be considerate of other visitors. Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail. Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock. Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors. Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.