Tight, technical rapids

East Fork


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east fork overview

This section of the San Juan is tight, busy, technical and amazingly beautiful. Enjoy this scenic bit of white water as short trip, or float further downstream after the East and West Fork’s merge to become the San Juan proper.

Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on East Fork – San Juan River:

At this time, we do not have information on outfitters that offer commercial trips on this section

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the San Juan River. Information regarding the San Juan River on this website is strictly informational. Please click here for a complete list of trips that we offer, or use the search filter to the left. Thanks!

east fork sections

San Juan River – East Fork Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class III-IV (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 7838′ to 7154′
Average Gradient: 57.0′ per mile

Access to Access

East Fork Rd Bridge to East Fork Campground: 2.7 miles
East Fork Campground to Riverside Campground: 9.3 miles
Total Mileage: 12.0 miles

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What people are saying

  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter


Information for San Juan Self-Guided Boaters:

The San Juan River is in the San Juan National Forest and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river within the National Forest on public lands.
  • River Manager: US Forest Service – Columbine Ranger District 
    367 Pearl Street, Po Box 439, Bayfield, CO 81122 
    970.884.1404 ~ www.fs.usda.gov/main/sanjuan

Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.

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