A magnet for rafters and kayakers of all ages and skill levels, the Trinity River literally offers something for everyone, and people are drawn here from around the world to experience its wonders. The water is crystal-clear, the scenery is spectacular, and the available whitewater options range from beginner-friendly runs to extremely dangerous rapids suitable for experts only. Along the way you are likely to see deer or bear feeding along the shore, or a bald eagle soaring gracefully overhead.
Beginners and families with children will want to try the mellow Class II wilderness run of the Lower Trinity. Put in at Hawkins Bar and take out at Willow Creek for a delightful 14-mile run. The wildly popular intermediate (Class II+ to III+) Pigeon Point Run begins near the Pigeon Point campground just downriver from the North Fork of the Trinity, and ends at Cedar Flat, a run of about 25 miles. With multiple excellent put in and take out points along the way, rafters and kayakers can tailor their runs to their tastes, but they are strongly warned not to go beyond Cedar Flat. At that point the treacherous Burnt Ranch Gorge Run begins, 9 miles of Class IV and Class V rapids that stretch from Cedar Flat to Hawkin’s Bar, and which should only be attempted by teams of experts at optimal water flow and only after extensive scouting.
Many well-qualified outfitters along Hwy 299 offer guided rafting and kayaking excursions, as well as rentals. Look for them in Willow Creek, Del Loma, Big Bar and Big Flat