Truckee River Raft Rentals

Truckee River Raft Rentals

185 River Rd.
Tahoe City, California 96145
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Local Phone: (530) 581-0123

Your pooch is welcome to join you on a self-guided river rafting adventure, but management asks that Fido doesn't keep going in and out of the raft constantly to avoid damage from toenails.

Enjoy a two- to three-hour, self-guided, five-mile float on the Truckee River from Tahoe City to the River Ranch Resort (sorry, no dogs allowed at the popular patio restaurant here). From there you can catch a free shuttle bus back to your car (check with Truckee River Raft Rentals for shuttle service times). 

If you have more than two dogs, or if they are of very large breeds, please call to discuss how you can be accommodated. 

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Kash at Tahoe Keys, Lake Tahoe - Photo Credit: @adventuresofkashthedog
Kash at Tahoe Keys, Lake Tahoe - Photo Credit: @adventuresofkashthedog
The most read story ever on is Dog-friendly Beaches at Lake Tahoe. With the snowmelt currently pouring off the surrounding Sierra Nevada, be forewarned that some of those beaches won’t be very wide or even very accessible for a few weeks yet. For on-water fun, try renting a large cockpit kayak from Tahoe City Kayak and taking a paddle with your pup along the North Shore. Tahoe Keys Boat Rentals and its affiliate locations will fix you up with a dog-friendly boat (and a “boat butler” captain, if needed) for exploring scenic Emerald Bay or simply cruising along the shore. more »
Captain of the canoe! <br/>Photo Credit: @siroliversworld
Captain of the canoe!
Photo Credit: @siroliversworld
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River Dog: Photo by Jeff (CC)
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Russian River Adventures
Russian River Adventures
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Carnelian Bay dog

Carnelian Bay

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