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O.A.R.S. California Rafting

2863 Ca-49, Angels Camp, CA 95222-9707
+1 209-736-2597
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Amazing adventure

We were a party of 6 (2 in 40s and 4 young adults). We had a fantastic time with Emily our guide... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Oars Tuolome 3 day rafting trip

Incredible rafting experience with my husband my 15 year old daughter and friend and my 12 year old... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Carmel, California
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Recognized by National Geographic Adventure as “The Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” and Outside magazine’s runner up for “Best Outfitter,” O.A.R.S. is among the most trusted names in the travel industry. Since 1969 the company has set the standard in first-class rafting & sea kayaking adventures with unparalleled experiences in the most iconic national parks and wilderness areas in Western North America and abroad.O.A.R.S. caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with experienced, professional guides and top-notch equipment and today offers more than 75 unique itineraries worldwide, including one-day and weekend escapes. Over the last four decades the California-based company has positively affected the lives of more than 500,000 travelers, due to their ability to meet the diverse needs of their broad spectrum of clientele—more than 60% of passengers return for additional trips or are referred by past guests each year.
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2863 Ca-49, Angels Camp, CA 95222-9707
+1 209-736-2597
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were a party of 6 (2 in 40s and 4 young adults). We had a fantastic time with Emily our guide who made the whole day such great fun. Even with two of our party taking an unscheduled swim down Ned's Gulch rapid, we...More

Thank Mattcolmer
Reviewed 5 days ago

Incredible rafting experience with my husband my 15 year old daughter and friend and my 12 year old daughter. The guides were wonderful. kind and fun to spend time with. We are excited to book future trips with Oars and loved the Tuolome trip.

Thank slowcoast2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had enjoyed many other rafting trips in other locations around the U.S. and had high expectations for OARS based on our previous experiences and comparisons with other outfitters. We found our guide, Tanner, to be skilled, personable, and a very pleasant host. The trip...More

Thank tnanna
OARS_Rafting, Customer Service Manager at O.A.R.S. California Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for choosing to raft the Tuolumne River with us and taking the time to post a review. We're happy you enjoyed your time with Tanner and the rafting portion of your trip. We are sorry to hear you ended up on a trip...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My first trip on the Merced River was a great experience due to Tanner. He was helpful and very experienced guide. I fell into a class four rapid due to an unexpected rock, however Tanner made sure to stay calm and get me in the...More

Thank Erin A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Merced River: Awesome river! A step up from South Fork American in terms of excitement and size of rapids, but nothing too gnarly. No need for a wetsuit, but still good snow melt for great rapids. Had some opportunity to swim some rapids (intentionally) and...More

Thank keeepin_it_riehl
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the all day river rafting adventure with Jeff, Tanner, Jack and Emily. What a fun group! Our boat guide was Emily and we loved her right away. She is funny and adventurous, just what we were looking for. It was our first...More

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Reviewed 13 July 2017

This was a family day adventure for six of us (age range 23-57).We had all rafted before. Our guide Jimmy was newer to the guide group of Jeff and Emily. He did a great job of navigating the river -several class 4 rapids - plus...More

Thank WendySW2013
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Our family took a Merced whitewater rafting trip with the OARS team in early July 2017 and loved it. Four Class 4 rapids and plenty of other fun runs. Steve, Jeff, Jimmy and Emily with terrific - a great family day event, especially on a...More

Thank IMightBeWrong
Reviewed 13 July 2017

My wife and I have have taken two trips with these very knowledgeable and experienced people. Home base I believe is Angels Camp California, but by no means do they limit themselves to our area. They have itineraries throughout the world! I wish we had...More

Thank John P
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

This review is for 1 day whitewater rafting trip on Merced river on July 11th ,2017. This was our 3rd rafting trip and the best so far. The OARS team running the operations is very professional, friendly and above all, FUN. This trip delivered more...More

Thank AbhijeetAphale
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16 February 2017|
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Response from OARS_Rafting | Property representative |
Hi Grammie, The minimum age for our South Fork American trip is 7. At high water (generally in May and June), the age limits can be even higher. Because our trips take place in wild environments, there are inherent risk... More