Camping while river rafting had been a major drawback for a lot of folks. Just thinking of throwing a sleeping bag on the hard ground and toughing it out for the night, has kept many avoiding this super relaxing and fun experience. For many years now, river trip camping on the American River, has been upgraded to almost a luxury experience. Deluxe outfitter-styled canvas tents located right next to the river on wood decks. Wood beds and pads have changed the face of camping. For instance, “Honeymoon Tents” with real beds, night stands, and real pillows have entered the scene. These create real options to those who desire that extra level of comfort.
Camping Next to the River
Bathrooms have also been a sticking point for some. The old fashioned way of thinking was to just go out in the woods, find a tree or dig a hole. However, this has been replaced by modern individual bathrooms with flush toilets and hot running water! Forget the notion about having to “rough it” and not take a shower for 2 or 3 days. Camps have individual shower rooms with and endless supply of hot water.
Camp food has Evolved!
Camp food has also evolved from granola bars and opening a cans of unhealthy foods, into something resembling a 5-Star experience. With fresh veggies, meats, fruits, glass plates, regular silverware, and even table cloths. Hor’dourves are served prior to the main meal. Meals consist of smoked tri-tip, roasted potatoes, baked asparagus, and hot buttered bread. In addition, many use suppliers like Truckee Sourdough, Sysco, and local farmer’s markets. A lot of river rafting companies now even have a dedicated camp chef. Menus also include options for vegetarians and vegans.
Above all, don’t worry about having to do dishes, these are done by the staff. Into Coffee? You won’t be disappointed, coffee from Seattle’s Best, Starbucks, and more are offered on most every trip offered. Miss the old fashioned “cowboy” coffee that was just boiled water and a handful of “Folgers” tossed in, just let us know. I am sure we could get that just for you!
Camping right next to a rushing river, hearing the sound of the rushing water and rapids has a comforting effect on us all. Therefore, it seems to take the stress out of the day, settle my mind, and let me get a long, restful sleep.
Is your idea of “roughing it” is a night at the Holiday Inn. Have been avoiding 2 and 3 day river rafting trips on the American River because of the “roughing it” style of camping of days past. Give it a try. Now with all the modern amenities available, you will not be dissapointed, and you will experience camping at a new level.
Deluxe Honeymoon Tent – a real bed
In conclusion, if you have any questions, need more information, please message me at [email protected], and it would be my pleasure to help in any way.
I hope to see you on a 2 or 3 (or longer) river rafting trip soon.
Norm Schoenhoff, river rafting guide and trip leader since 1975.