Whitewater Rafting FAQ
Please note: secure footwear is require for all adventures and rafting.
Where do I go when I arrive? Check in at Guest Services in the McClendon Whitewater Center on the east end of the Boathouse District. Reservations are required for whitewater rafting. When you arrive, you will have the option of rafting only with the people in your group (minimum three required), or if you’re comfortable rafting with others, you can make new friends as you head down the rapids!
When should I arrive? We recommend arriving 45 mins prior to your rafting reservation to give yourself plenty of time to park, check in and stow your gear.
What will the experience be like? The whitewater experience includes the orientation session, raft instruction and multiple runs down the channels.
Every whitewater experience begins with an orientation session led by a professional guide. You’ll learn about the equipment, paddling tips and techniques, and everything you need to stay safe as you paddle down the rapids. Please note: this is real rafting on Class II-IV rapids which means it is a high-octane experience!
Once you are in your raft or kayak, you’ll be pulled up a conveyor belt to the top reservoir. From there, you’ll go down either the recreational or competition channel. The recreational channel will be slower and designed for people new to the sport. The competition channel will have a higher thrill level and require more advanced paddling skills.
Do I have to bring my own equipment? The center will provide all the equipment you need – rafts, paddles, lifejackets (PFDs) and helmet. You will need to have secure footwear.
Where can I buy a RIVERSPORT Rapids pass? Season and day passes can be purchased online or at Guest Services in the Boathouse District.
How old do you have to be? Whitewater rafting, Love’s tubing and body boarding are available for ages 8+ as long as the safety gear fits securely.
Do I have to know how to swim? You do not need to know how to swim, but it is a plus. Since it is possible to come out of the raft, you need to be ok with the possibility of being in fast-moving water. Lifejackets (PFDs) are provided and required for everyone.
What happens if I flip? Oklahoma City’s whitewater course is the most advanced course to ever be built, and it is designed with a focus on safety. The channels are configured to provide an exciting experience that is, first and foremost, safe.
In general, paddlers who end up in the water can float down the channel in their lifejackets (PFD) to the end of the course. Stairs are positioned along the channels to make it easy to exit the course, if necessary, and professional river guides with special swift water rescue training will be positioned along each channel to assist anyone who needs help.
What will I need to bring? Plan to bring all the things you’d take for a day in the sun – sunscreen, hat, sunglasses with strap, a towel and a dry change of clothing.
You’ll find more important information here to ensure you have a great RIVERSPORT Adventure!