Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Thank you all for rafting with us this summer. This was our shortest season ever... one month!

Now, we are hoping for a better 2012 summer season.

If you did raft with us this year and you had a fun experience...we would truly appreciate a kind comment on yelp, trip advisor or other sites. We try very hard to make your trip a memorable one and welcome any ideas to improve your "Truckee River Rafting-Mountain Air Sports" experience.

Once again, thank you all and hope to see you in 2012,

Monday, September 5, 2011


Our rafting season is starting to slow down. We've been told by the watermasters office in Reno that they'll be lowering the water flow to 200cfs tomorrow. We've been holding at about 250cfs for the last 30 days or so. We hoped for about 300cfs but they just couldn't squeeze out that extra 50cfs! As you remember, we opened at a very low 160cfs...300cfs is perfect.

So we'll wait to see how Tuesday will be... but it looks like tomorrow will be the end of our season.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

UPDATE: August 9, 2011 Late night!

The river flows are now at 250cfs!!! Remember, 300cfs is perfect! So we are almost there...

Our internet online reservation system is being updated and hopefully will be up and running very soon. Please call us at (888) 584-7238 or (530) 583-1111 for reservations.

Sorry for the inconvenience, thanks again for everyone's support, Ryan

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Today seemed to be a typical August Sunday. Nice and mellow with a few wild groups. Seems like Sundays and Mondays are a transition day for visitors. So our numbers are a little lower than other days of the week.

We had another slight rise in water levels... now we are right about 210cfs. We're getting a bit closer to the perfect 300cfs. We're grateful for every cfs we can get! (cfs is cubic feet per second)

More updates later, Ryan

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Wow, what a busy day on the river!

WATER LEVEL IS NOW AT 195cfs! That's half way between the lowest and moderate rafting levels or on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I'd say about a 4

It's nice to see more than a "trickle down the Truckee"

Friday, August 5, 2011

UPDATE: August 5, 2011 11:45p.m.

We'd like to thank everyone who came rafting today for our opening season day on the river!

I hope our staff was helpful and friendly and you were treated with the highest respect.

We're anticipating another boost in water levels tomorrow morning...making the trip more enjoyable.

Thanks again for a surprisingly pleasant opening day! Ryan

Thursday, August 4, 2011


August 4, 2011 update

We have decided to open with limited rafting for Friday (August 5th). The Watermaster's office in Reno has started to release more water from our Tahoe City Dam into the Truckee River. The flows are low at this time, but they are increasing each day. Today the flow was 117cfs which is too low. Tomorrow, hopefully, we'll see an increase to the mid 150's. Still a low flow, but high enough for 2-4 people in each raft. ( 2 adults and 2 children or 2-3 adults) Really depends on how much weight there will be in the raft.

We want everyone to have fun so we don't want to overload the rafts. Should be nice weather... bring some snacks and something to drink. Remember - no styrofoam and no glass! Please footwear is a must!

Call ahead to make a reservation to save $5 off each person and little ones 5 and under are free!

OUR NEW EASY PHONE NUMBER IS (530) 583-1111 or online

Can't wait to see everyone!!! It's been a long wait and thanks for all your support


Wednesday, August 3, 2011


When you make an advance reservation, kids 5 and under are FREE!!!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

UPDATE... AUGUST 2, 2011

I'm sorry everyone. My hopes to have a full summer season this year have been crushed. As each day passes with a non-raftable river, our staff feels more and more disappointed. Our spirits are low. We see the Truckee River trickle by our starting dock and all ask the the question...why is the river not higher?

With our country so desperate to work and repair our economy, and the words from our government leaders saying "put Americans to work", you just have to wonder why there isn't more the Federal Watermaster in Reno can do. I know they're "following a federal mandate to the letter of the law", but come on!

You would think there could be some way to boost our economy and figure out how to increase the flows from the Tahoe City dam so that the rafting businesses could open. Both rafting companies in Tahoe City employ about 150 people. There are many other businesses that benefit from people enjoying the river too. Isn't there a simpler way besides going through the Federal court system and changing outdated laws made 100 years ago?

Enough babbling for now... at the present time, the Watermaster's office has to deal with a very complicated set of rules. I know it's difficult and there's a lot of pressure...but, like I said before, "Come on"!

We'll keep you all updated... when we know something, I'll post it here and on our Facebook page.

Friday, July 29, 2011


Well...our rafting opening date is getting closer!

We anticipate water, from the Tahoe City dam, will start to be released as soon as Monday. Most likely it will be on Wednesday. That means, by Friday we should have enough water to open... Now, we could be open earlier if the watermaster in Reno decides to start releasing sooner!

So, with all that said...August 5th could be, and better be, our opening day. Call first to make sure and get discounts for advance reservations!

Thanks for waiting...
Mountain Air Sports-Truckee River Rafting staff

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

JULY 20, 2011 UPDATE

Our 2011 summer "Onboarding Orientation" for new and returning rafting staff is now planned for July 23rd. at 10:00. We'll have a short, annual welcoming presentation, highlighting all the rules and regs.

See you all soon!!!

Friday, July 8, 2011


Well... all new and returning Truckee River Rafting staff planning on attending our "onboarding orientation" tomorrow are being asked to reschedule for another day. We are moving the date back another week, due to the opening day of the river. Flows are still too high through Farad, where the Floriston Rate is measured, about 10 miles downstream from Truckee. Our apologies to everyone who planned on being here for our annual staff meeting. Can't wait to see everyone next week!

Friday, July 1, 2011


We will be having a 2011 EMPLOYEE ONBOARDING presentation on Saturday, July 9th at 9:30. Each year we hold a special pre-season new and old employee orientation. Everyone will introduce themselves and share a bit about who they are and where they're from. Typically, Jennifer and I will run through the "rules and regs" and what we expect from everyone. An "offering" to our river will follow, showing our thankfulness to her for 37 years she has given us, and hopefully many more years to come!

See everyone at our dock and assembly area behind our rafting store! It will take about an hour or so.

Let's get rafting!!! Ryan

Thursday, June 30, 2011


As you all know...the rivers in California are flowing at historic levels! The runoff from the upper mountains are not slowing down. That means we have to wait until water levels subside before they will release water from the Tahoe City dam. We've been monitoring the USGS area sites and talking to the Federal Watermaster's office in Reno and have concluded that we still have at least three weeks before the gates will open in Tahoe City.

All we can do is sit back and wait...enjoy Tahoe's many other activities and wonders. We'll be ready for you and your friends!!

Thanks for your patience, the Mountain Air Sports Rafting Staff

Friday, June 17, 2011


Hello everyone!
We have some good news and some bad news... first the bad. After calculating all the snow and water data in the Tahoe basin and talking with the Federal Watermasters office in Reno, we're pushing back our opening day to mid to late July. There is still way too much natural runoff in the upper mountains, so the release at the Tahoe City outlet will not start for another month. Things could change, but for now, it's another waiting game!
The good news is... we will have a summer rafting season all the way through Labor Day!
Sorry for the bad news, we'll keep you updated.
Mountain Air Sports/Truckee River Rafting staff

Friday, June 10, 2011


There is still too much natural runoff down river for the Federal Watermaster in Reno to start releasing water from the Tahoe City dam. It seems it could be at least another 2 or 3 weeks before we will have a good flow to raft.
We'll keep you updated as soon as we hear any news.
Thanks, Mountain Air Sports Team