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Truckee River Rafting
Take a mellow float down the Truckee River in a raft or inner tube from Tahoe City to River Ranch Lodge, then sit on the lodge’s deck and have lunch. This isn’t white-knuckled whitewater rafting—it’s more like meandering—so the outing is perfect for families with children of all ages. During July and early August, almost any kind of boat can navigate this gentle 4.5-mile stretch of the river—even inner tubes. Sandy beaches offer spots to pull up and have picnic, and opportunities abound for jumping out of the boat to cool off. Several companies in Tahoe City rent rafts and inner tubes and provide shuttle service at the end of the float; show up early in the morning to avoid long lines. If you have your own floating device, you can put in at the free Pubic Ranch Launching Facility at 64 Acres Park.