East Fork Carson River rafting trips are close to South Lake Tahoe and flow east from the Alpine-like mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest into the high Nevada desert. Glimpses of the snow covered peaks are spectacular. This river is a great introduction to California rafting, but it lures veterans back year after year. The unique river-side hot springs are favorite stops on the 1 and 2 day raft trips. This wilderness section is swift, yet easy going; safe and fun for various levels of experience.
The more difficult, upstream 1/2 day section above Hangman’s Bridge is sometimes available. Markleeville Creek deposits a lot of water into the main river below this, so this run has a shorter season.
East Fork Carson River rafting trips are free flowing and not dam controlled. The season varies with the snow pack and weather conditions in the spring.
The 10 miles of the East Fork Carson River from Markleeville to the Nevada border, were added to the California Wild & Scenic Rivers System in 1988.
We meet for all of these trips in the picturesque old town of Markleeville. Rustic accommodations are available. The Grover Hot Springs State Historic Park is located just out of town. Great camping is available, as well as day use of the springs and meadow hikes. Think about enjoying the local area for a few nights before or after your trip. Alpine County is the least populated county in California, or visit South Lake Tahoe only 34 miles to the north for more recreation and sight-seeing.