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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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Tanner was an amazing guide!

My first trip on the Merced River was a great experience due to Tanner. He was helpful and very... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Erin A
Merced River: Great River, Great Guides

Merced River: Awesome river! A step up from South Fork American in terms of excitement and size... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 6 days 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 1 week 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

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Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Jeff, Emily and James absolutely CRUSHED this trip! They truly have the keys to the kingdom. Class 4 rapids, jumping off rocks, swimming through class 1 rapids, surfing waves, beach lunch (sandwiches, fruits, avocados) - great team and great day! Ned's Gulch, Monster Mash -...More

1  Thank Caglmg
Reviewed 1 week ago

After solo-rafting on the South Fork of the American for years, four of us celebrated the coming of our 40's with a guided one-day (18 mile) trip along the Merced River. If I have any advice, it's 1.) Yes, do it, and 2.) Do it...More

2  Thank Casey H
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fun day! The free- flowing Merced River was running and the temps were soaring ... Perfect combo for an adventure on the river! Our guides, Jeff, Dakota and Emily were professional, competent and, therefore, very fun! They made us feel like they had...More

1  Thank kpstu
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15 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