At KODI we think rafting is pretty essential to living your best life. We spend our summers enjoying the rivers and waterways around Colorado. Across the country (and the globe) there are people like us spending their summers enjoying rivers like the ones below. They’re pretty noteworthy. Raft along the border of Denali National Park, through the changing fall landscape of Vermont, or from the Rocky Mountain fed Arkansas.

Whichever river you raft, we hope you’ll send out an extra whoop and holler for us on that epic class III section.

Nenana River, AK

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If the scenery isn’t enough to draw you to Denali National Park, then the rafting surely will. Cut through the Tenana Valley and fed by the Nenana Glacier, this river, with class I-IV rapids over the course of 140 miles, is a premier whitewater destination in Alaska. Its proximity to the Denali Highway and the Parks Highway make it easily accessible. Portions of the river are suitable for children, while other sections are expert only.

Chattooga River, SC

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Protected as a Wild and Scenic River, the Chattooga flows along the Georgia/South Carolina border. Designated as the first Wild and Scenic River east of the Mississippi, Chattooga is also the only commercially rafted Wild and Scenic river. 53 miles of this river are rafted with both class III and class IV designations. Known as the Southeast’s “Crown Jewel,” rafting the remote portions of the Chattooga is an experience you won’t forget.

Arkansas River, CO

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We may be biased, but the Arkansas is actually the most rafted river in the West. With over 100 miles of whitewater fun, finding a segment suitable for you family or ability level is easy to do. The Arkansas gets its start in the Rocky Mountains, rushes down to Pueblo, CO where it then flattens out over the farmlands of Eastern Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. It’s safe to say, we get the goods of the Arkansas!

Deerfield River, VT

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What makes the Deerfield so unique is its intermittent dam system, encountered nearly every 7 miles along the 76 miles of waterway, used for hydroelectricity. Rafting is popular along the Deerfield, but possibly more popular is whitewater Kayaking in the number of tributaries flowing into the Deerfield. Floating here in the fall not only means gentler whitewater, but the opportunity to enjoy the changing New England fall colors, which should probably be on your bucket list anyways.

Rogue River, OR

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If it’s any indication, the Rogue River is so epic a brewery adopted the name and now sells some of the best beer in the state. This 215-mile long river was designated as one of the initial 8 Wild and Scenic Rivers. It begins near Crater Lake, and flows westward through incredible scenery. With only 32 people per square mile, rafters will enjoy solitude. Fun fact: an early dam was dynamited by disgruntled vigilantes.