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General Information Whitewater Rafting and SUP Clinics

Rubicon [ru-ba-kan] --to cross or pass, to take a decisive or final step, especially at the outset of some undertaking or adventure.


"Our family had the best rafting trip ever. Thanks a ton for the memories."

--Brandon F.


No "Cattle Boats" we specialize in small groups.

Happy rafter
RUBICON is a family run Sonoma County company that has been running rivers since 1971. We started our SUP operation in 2008 

 Rubicon is established and operated by experienced, professional guides, certified instructors.  and have a 100% safety record in both Rafting and Paddle boarding

 Meet The Rubicon Team

 Greg, our Rafting operations Manager  Greg, an ace mechanic and top notch river guide, has been with Rubicon over 25 years, and his rafting experience is second to none.  Greg manages our rafting program on Cache Creek, the Eel river system and Trinity River.  

Meet Our SUP Team:

John Hadley, Lead instructor, Elite  pro racer, "Red Bull Heavy Water" competitor and fffworld class big wave surfer.  In his SUP competitions he is ausually first in his category and one of the top "all around" competitors in the world. John teaches SUP Surf, Down Wind and all the advanced SUP clinics and well as being the most sought after instructor for on all our classes and clinics


Arline, Rubicon's Yoga Master,  Arline,  is a retired Retired Educator, PSUPA certified SUP instructor is considered one of the top SUP Yoga Instructors in the business. She is also lots of fun!!  

Bill: Owner Rubicon Adventures, started running rivers commercially as a teenager and He has run rivers all over the world, with several first descents.  Bill Mashek started Rubicon Aventures in 1972 in the beginning of the Golden Years of Rafting.  In 2010 he introduced Stand Up Paddleboarding  to Sonoma county and Rubicon now is leader in the paddle sport industry.  

What our customers say:

"Great experience. I was uncertain about taking on this activity but game to try. The instructor "John" was thorough and careful with the introduction instruction activity on dry land. When we put in the river John was attentive and provided continuous instruction and encouragement.
It was a perfect day on the Russian River at Wohler Bridge. We paddled up river for about 1/2 the time then stopped for rest and snacks (watermelon, cookies) and lots of talk about surfing, beaches etc.
The trip down was somewhat easier and quicker again with John offering tips and training as we went along.
A big thank you to the Rubicon group for this experience.
I will use their business for further training and adventures.--

"Rhody is an absolutely wonderful guide. We had lots of fun but felt very safe in his raft. He was very sweet with our children."-- Aleta J.


Best Rafting Company

Rubicon Rafting company is one of a kind. My family and I have gone rafting with Bill and his "crew" for the past 7 years and each time it is fantastic. From the beginning you know you are in very professional and experienced hands. I love the fact that once we sign up everything is taken care of. We show up at the pre arranged camp site, set up our tent and let Bill and his crew take over. After a full day of rafting you come back to an incredible campsite meal made by chef Bill. Then waking up the next morning to coffee and a full breakfast. I can't say enough about this group and the personal attention they give to each of their rafters. Kate M.

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We prefer to keep our trips small, with a maximum size of 25 on day trips and 20 on overnight wilderness camping trips.



We encourage group charters with as few as 10 participants on most California rivers. Charters scheduled during the week will receive a discount. We specialize in small intimate groups.


We realize that there are large numbers of children and adults who differ so markedly in mental, physical, emotional and behavioral characteristics that they need special opportunities to enjoy wilderness recreation. Our guides have professional experience which enables us to offer these opportunities. Prices are negotiable; please inquire.


Rafting is healthy exercise, and the outdoors stimulates one's appetite. We typically plan for hearty meals with freshly prepared food from steak and potatoes to international Epicurean delights. We purchase our vegetables from local Sonoma County farmers. Individuals with dietary restrictions should notify us and we will work to accommodate those needs. We encourage charter groups to help plan their menu.

On day trips, lunch is included, unless otherwise arranged. On over night trips, meals begin with lunch on day one and end with lunch on the last day.

For a day trip:

  • Shorts or cutoffs
  • Tennis shoes and wool socks
  • Wool or fleece sweater and windbreaker, day bags are available
    (acrylics and cotton provide no insulation when wet)
For Springtime cold water trips:
  • Wet suit with diver's booties may be rented at dive shops or surf shops,
    get loose fit,
On overnight trips:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ground cloth and sleeping pad
  • Backpacking tent
  • Dry clothes, shoes for camp
  • Rain gear
  • Mess kit: knife, fork spoon, bowl, plate, cup-we supply
  • Flashlight
  • Towel, toilet items
  • Insect repellent
  • Lots of sun screen


What to wear: Wear board shorts, swimsuits or other clothing that can get wet. Flip flops are good for getting to the water, but you will paddle barefoot. Wear sunscreen, bring water. If you have straps to keep sunglasses on your head, bring those. If not, we may have extras. Leave everything else at home.All liquids must be carried in plastic or metal bottles.  

SUP surf clinics, Level II, DownWind wetsuits, min 3/2 full suits required. 

Please leave jewelry at home, especially rings.

Travel Insurance is highly recommended for options see:

Rubicon Adventures is an equal opportunity service provider.