Floating the Truckee River is a right of passage when spending your summer in Truckee, California. This is a guide of tips you should know before floating down the Truckee River for the first time. To see the full article, click here.
Before you Go
The first and most important thing to make sure of is that you have a sturdy floating device. Anything that can easily be popped will cause you to be walking back to your car. The second thing is to always keep your feet and butt up. You never know what could be under you when you are floating on the water. If you are dragging your feet or butt you could get caught on something and be pulled off of your floating device. The final thing to remember is to bring a waterproof camera. You never want to forget these amazing moments with your family and friends.
Where to Go?
Popular put-in locations in Reno include Mayberry, Dorostkar, and Crissie Caughlin parks; popular take-out sites include Idlewild and Wingfield parks in downtown. (Source)
During average summer river flow, the float time from Mayberry to Wingfield parks takes about 2.5 hours. Flow rates can be checked on the U.S. Geological Survey’s website; river flows of 400 to 500 cubic feet per second are optimum flow rates, according to Bell. This year, he estimates good float conditions will exist through the first week of August. (Source)
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Source: Alonzo, Amy. “Summer Adventures on the Truckee: A Rookie’s Guide to Floating Reno’s River.” Reno Gazette Journal, Reno Gazette Journal, 15 July 2022, https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2022/07/15/nevada-truckee-river-reno-tubing-floating-summer/10055171002/.