Truckee River rafting in full swing as Tahoe City Dam is opened |

Truckee River rafting in full swing as Tahoe City Dam is opened

Sun staff report

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; The popular upper stretch of the Truckee River is now open for rafters as flow out of the Tahoe Dam picks up.

The late spring melt and a set of water rules meant the U.S. District Court Water Masters Office wasnand#8217;t releasing water from the dam in time for the popular rafting and floating weekend of Fourth of July, putting rafting companies in a tough spot.

On Wednesday, both Tahoe City-based Mountain Air Sports and the Truckee River Raft Company opened, according to a press release from Pettit Gilwee Public Relations, offering self-guided trips from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows Road at River Ranch.

and#8220;Weand#8217;ve got a place for the tourists to go,and#8221; said Owner Aaron Rudnick of Truckee River Raft Company. and#8220;Weand#8217;ve also got more than 80 employees that can now start working their summer jobs full time. Everything is right with the universe and we are where we need to be. We look forward to getting people floating down the river.and#8221;

According to Chad Blanchard, chief deputy water master, 200 cubic feet per second is being released from the Tahoe City Dam.

and#8220;Rafting the Truckee River is an absolute must-do every summer,and#8221; said Director of Tourism Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. and#8220;Itand#8217;s also one of Lake Tahoeand#8217;s most popular families activities because it gets all ages out on the water, introduces rafting to the kids, and, of course, gets all parties wet on a warm, sunny day.and#8221;