From Mild to Wild: The Top Three Whitewater Rivers in the U.S.

 

From Mild to Wild: The Top Three Whitewater Rivers in the U.S.

Although there are arguably many stunning locations for fans to explore – from Nenana River in Alaska to Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania – there are always three rivers that rate the highest when it comes to experiencing the most thrilling whitewater rafting in the United States.

Although there are arguably many stunning locations for fans to explore – from Nenana River in Alaska to Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania – there are always three rivers that rate the highest when it comes to experiencing the most thrilling whitewater rafting in the United States.

Boating down the Colorado River below Havasu Creek in Grand Canyon National Park. NPS photo by Mark Lellouch.

Whitewater rafting is a truly amazing adventure. Whether a beginner or a true experienced rafter, there are guides to be utilized and trips to take that will provide you with everything from the most scenic areas to the most adrenaline-filled thrills.

Number one remains the Colorado River in Arizona. Talk about a challenge to the nth degree. The water on the Colorado River can be more than challenging, but the views are worth all the hard work. Here, people see the Grand Canyon from a whole different point of view as they travel down the winding, heart-pumping river to their final destination.

One of the principal rivers of the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico, the Colorado River measures 1,450-miles-long and drains an expansive, arid watershed that encompasses parts of seven U.S. and two Mexican states. The best, most amazing vantage points are given to whitewater enthusiasts here, but it is also not for the faint of heart. When it comes to the 2017 whitewater rafting season in Arizona, people can enjoy everything from half-day trips to week long excursions. You can also experience spectacular rafting in the Upper Salt River Canyon. Here, you can paddle through an incredible 2000-foot deep canyon as you go up against rapids such as, “Maytag,” “Overboard,” and “Mescal Falls.” The high Sonoran Desert scenery and fun-filled whitewater rafting makes the Colorado River in Arizona the place to create awesome memories.

Whitewater lovers also cheer loud and clear for the Gauley River in West Virginia. Continuously seen by paddlers as one of the top ranked rivers in the entire world, Gauley’s technical rapids, inaccessibility and scenic quality capture the imagination. Dropping more than 650 feet in 24 miles, the Gauley River features over 100 rapids.

A dam-controlled watershed ensures optimum flows, making this a world class rafting experience. When summer water flows on the Gauley River, intermediate to advanced rafters love the challenges they find. While inhaling that clean mountain air, they go up against the Gauley River’s rafting flows at their very peak. With thirty-five miles of heavy duty challenges, rafters are thrilled with this river as it winds through gorges and valleys – the likes of which cannot be seen anywhere else on the planet.

Coming in third is Rogue River in Oregon. Traveling from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, the scenery on the Rogue River is nothing short of spectacular. Multiple areas, such as Rainie Falls, Blossom Bar and Upper and Lower Black Bar Falls, provide challenging rapids for the experienced rafter. For the rafter just starting out, Rogue River also supplies calmer areas, such as the Argo rapids located between Hog Creek and Grave Creek.

It is not a surprise that the Rogue River is one of the most famous in the American West. River rafting trips can be taken through this incredibly scenic area that flows directly through the heart of a wilderness inundated with everything imaginable: deer, black bear, cougars, osprey, river otters and more. It is also the perfect place to spot that bald eagle soaring up above. Not only are the rapids exciting and the scenery gorgeous, but there are also superb hiking trails, placid pools, towering cliffs, and historic homesteads that all come together to create absolute magic.

From mild to wild, these are most definitely the top three whitewater rivers in the U.S. to explore, experience and enjoy!

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

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