4 Thrilling Whitewater Rafting Destinations

Colorado RIver (USA)

One of the most famous and thrilling rafting destination in the world is Colorado River, with the length of of more than 250 miles along the parts of Northern Arizona and witnessing some of the iconic places like Grand Canyon. This river is well known among Adventurers, Visitors can spend little as one day riding the extraordinary rapids in this river.

Famed for its dramatic rapids and canyons, the Colorado is one of the most desirable whitewater rivers in the United States, and its Grand Canyon section—run by more than 22,000 people annually—has been called the "granddaddy of rafting trips".Grand Canyon trips typically begin at Lee's Ferry and take out at Diamond Creek or Lake Mead; they range from one to eighteen days for commercial trips and from two to twenty-five days for private trips. Private (noncommercial) trips are extremely difficult to arrange because the National Park Service limits river traffic for environmental purposes; people who desire such a trip often have to wait more than 10 years for the opportunity.

Several other sections of the river and its tributaries are popular whitewater runs, and many of these are also served by commercial outfitters. The Colorado's Cataract Canyon and many reaches in the Colorado headwaters are even more heavily used than the Grand Canyon, and about 60,000 boaters run a single 4.5-mile (7.2 km) section above Radium, Colorado, each year. The upper Colorado also includes many of the river's most challenging rapids, including those in Gore Canyon, which is considered so dangerous that "boating is not recommended". Another section of the river above Moab, known as the Colorado "Daily" or "Fisher Towers Section", is the most visited whitewater run in Utah, with more than 77,000 visitors in 2011 alone. The rapids of the Green River's Gray and Desolation Canyons and the less difficult "Goosenecks" section of the lower San Juan River are also frequently traversed by boaters.

Eleven U.S. national parks—Arches, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest, Rocky Mountain, Saguaro, and Zion—are in the watershed, in addition to many national forests, state parks, and recreation areas. Hiking, backpacking, camping, skiing, and fishing are among the multiple recreation opportunities offered by these areas. Fisheries have declined in many streams in the watershed, especially in the Rocky Mountains, because of polluted runoff from mining and agricultural activities. The Colorado's major reservoirs are also heavily traveled summer destinations. House-boating and water-skiing are popular activities on Lakes Mead, Powell, Havasu, and Mojave, as well as Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah and Wyoming, and Navajo Reservoir in New Mexico and Colorado. Lake Powell and surrounding Glen Canyon National Recreation Area received more than two million visitors per year in 2007, while nearly 7.9 million people visited Lake Mead and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in 2008. Colorado River recreation employs some 250,000 people and contributes $26 billion each year to the Southwest economy.

Magpie River (Canada)

Canada is known for many adventure activities as well as sports, but when you combine the two names Canada and Rafting together the best outcome is Magpie River in Eastern Quebec Province. 

In May 2015 the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks of Quebec announced a sport fishing catch-and-release program for large salmon on sixteen of Quebec's 118 salmon rivers. These were the Mitis, Laval, Pigou, Bouleau, Aux Rochers, Jupitagon, Magpie, Saint- Jean, Corneille, Piashti, Watshishou, Little Watshishou, Nabisipi, Aguanish and Natashquan rivers. The Quebec Atlantic Salmon Federation said that the measures did not go nearly far enough in protecting salmon for future generations. In view of the rapidly declining Atlantic salmon population catch-and-release should have been implemented on all rivers apart from northern Quebec.

The river is popular with white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking  enthusiasts. The lower section of the West Magpie provides 50 kilometres (31 mi) of challenging conditions for class IV – V whitewater kayak and open boat paddlers. It flows into Lake Magpie 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of where the Magpie leaves the lake. From there the river can be handled by most recreational kayakers. The first 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) below the lake has exceptional fishing. The last 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) of the river flows through huge scenic gorges and over waterfalls.

Join your family or friends and enjoy this awesome stretch of river which takes around 7-8 days to cover with extreme beauty of Pine forest rarely touched by humans. Truly this is the destination of great memories!

North Johnstone River (Australia)

Queensland's North Johnstone River passes through a flourishing rain forest and sharp volcanic gorges of Palmerston National Park the stretch of river takes 4-6 days to cover camping in dense forest overnight, the place is currently only accessible by helicopters. But it's Class IV & V rapids and sharp turns attracts the tourists from all around the globe.

Although the North Johnstone River empties itself into the Pacific Ocean just 20 minutes south of Cairns, Australia, it originates some 450 miles above in the World Heritage rainforests of Palmerston National Park. Rafting trips meet at an old converted dairy farm at Mulgalli Falls, a two hours drive from Cairns. From there, rafters and equipment are helicoptered into the heart of the rainforest to begin their 4 to 6 day journey.The North Johnstone River is rated Class IV-V, making it one of the more challenging whitewater rivers Australia has to offer, and also one of the longest advanced rafting runs available.

The rapids are big and technical. One narrow gorge, called Mordor, is so full of impressive Class V whitewater that it actually competes with the canyon in its grandeur.

Río Upano (Ecuador)

The Upano River is a river of Ecuador. This river runs from the sierra to the depths of the Amazon. The river wanders through narrow canyons, including the unbelievable Namangosa Gorge, where rocky cliffs tower high overhead while gorgeous waterfalls tumble into the river far below. The river is mainly used locally for fishing, there is also rafting and kayaking offered out of Macas (class III-V). The Rio Upano is known for its fossils, sandy beaches and many hot springs. There are numerous river overlooks including one a block from the central park of Logroño. There is also a cable car that crosses the river outside of Logroño across from Shuar Community- “La Union”.

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