# Tips For Great Rafting
We suggest you arrive by 10:00 a.m. and bring along a lunch in an ice chest. The contract signer for your group will need a valid ID and be credit card. Please have ready the number of people in your group and what shuttle services you will need. You will carry your raft on a short 10-15 minute walk (less than a quarter mile) down to the raft launch site. On the weekends you can arrange to have your rafts delivered to the water for a fee. Then you are off for a great day of rafting!
## San Juan Rapids
About half way down the river, get ready for the thrill of the San Juan Rapids. These rapids are exciting yet navigable by even the novice rafter. Be sure to smile for our weekend photographer on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Enjoy the rest of your float sunning and swimming one of the clearest rivers in the west!
Approximate float time to River Bend Park is 3 to 4 hours depending on releases from Nimbus Dam. Upon arriving at River Bend Park you will return all raft rental equipment to our staff. If you purchased shuttle passes our fleet of shuttle buses will return you and your group to the start once all of your equipment is turned in.
## What To Bring
Sun screen, sunglasses, snacks, and beverages (no glass containers), small ice chest(s), shoes or sandals will make your trip more comfortable. **Please do not bring pets**.
Reservations are recommended for weekends and holidays. For your convenience, reserved rafts will be held until 11:00 a.m. We normally stop renting rafts at 2:00 p.m., depending on river flows. For reservations click [here](https://reservations.raftrentals.com) or call: 916-635-6400
## Raft Use
Rented rafts can be used on the Lower American River only, between Sunrise Blvd. and River Bend Park. Rafts must be turned in at our take out location, River Bend Park by 6:00pm. We do not offer overnight rentals.
## Rating Safety
Inherent physical risks are involved in rafting. These risks can be minimized by always wearing your life jacket. For your child’s safety we require children to weigh at least 40 lbs. and be 5 years or older.
Glass is never allowed in the parkway. Alcohol is not permitted on the three major holiday weekends; Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. Otherwise, alcohol is allowed on the river. Be aware that other laws and regulations still apply.