The 121-mile-long scenic Truckee River empties out of Lake Tahoe from a dam in Tahoe City, and the 4-mile stretch of Class 2 water from there to River Ranch Resort is one of the most popular floats in the Western U.S.
The river is heavily used for recreation, including whitewater rafting and fly fishing. A common rafting run is the River Ranch Run. Starting from the outlet gates at Lake Tahoe stretching about 3 miles, the run ends at the River Ranch Restaurant. These rapids are almost all Class 1 and Class 2.
In downtown Reno, the river has been sculpted into a half-mile Class 2/3 whitewater park, and is used mainly for kayaking.