Over the years, William (Bill) McGinnis has been featured in numerous articles in the media.
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Bill featured in CanoeKayak.com Legends of Rafting Article

Legends of Rafting: Bill McGinnis

CanoeKayak.com  May 24, 2017
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Interview by Tyler Williams // Portraits by Rommi Linnik

Bill McGinnis helped take commercial boating from its crude roots to the polished professionalism it practices today. In 1975, McGinnis wrote Whitewater Rafting, the first source on the techniques of the sport. That same year, he started Whitewater Voyages, which grew into California’s largest and […]

How to Find the Courage to Raft

December 1, 2001 Sierra Escape – By William McGinnis

For people new to rafting, the thought of floating down through the swirling currents and surging, cresting waves of an actual wild river in an inflatable rubber boat composed mainly of thin air no less can be a daunting prospect. Such fears are entirely normal. In fact, when most people contemplate outdoor […]

Rapid Change

March 12, 2001 Fresno Bee, Business Section

California’s largest rafting company, Whitewater Voyages, has bought Spirit Kings River Whitewater for an undisclosed sum.

The purchase enables El Sobrante-based Whitewater Voyages to guide one- and two-day rafting trips on the Kings River in the Sierra and Sequoia national forests east of Fresno. The Kings River is known for its long roller-coaster-like rapids, company […]

Whitewater Grows

March 7, 2001 San Francisco Chronicle – Business Digest Section

California’s biggest river-rafting company just got bigger. Whitewater Voyages of El Sobrante has purchased Spirit Kings River Whitewater, giving the company access to popular runs on the Kings River in the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests east of Fresno. Whitewater Voyages logs 16,000 to 20,000 user days on California’s rivers each […]

Work That Isn’t

Come downstream with whitewater wizard Bill McGinnis.

October 1, 1999 MyPrimeTime.com – By Kyle Noone

MyPrimeTime.com — Bill McGinnis spent his college summers putting on far-flung river adventures with friends, his genuine love of the outdoors pushing his spirit to explore. One day he took out an ad in the paper: “River explorer/writer needs people for exploratory trip down the Selway.” People […]

A New Craft for the Rapids

‘Paddlecat’ is more versatile than the kayak

May 15, 1997 San Francisco Chronicle – By Chronicle Staff Writer Paul McHugh

Infrequently, some new toy or tool sends a sport into a giddy growth spurt. Alpine skiers saw just such an explosive development occur with the popular new “super side cut” skis. Now, a similar phenomenon bids to create a quantum leap in […]

Whitewater Investments

Rafting camp teaches kids the value of teamwork and a firm grip

June 20, 1995 Bakersfield Californian – By Californian Correspondent Jill Hoffman

“Look cool, have fun and stay in the boat!” These are the most important things to remember, says Matt Weiss, 12, as our raft drifts along the South Fork of the American River on a brilliant, mid-July day. Sky: […]

A Raft of Relaxation

A new ride on the gentler side now available from rafting company

June 20, 1995 Bakersfield Californian – By Californian Correspondent Jill Hoffman

LAKE ISABELLA — Long known for its wild white water, the quiet and more gentle aspects of the Kern River have found a champion in Whitewater Voyages.

Whitewater Voyages, the largest whitewater rafting outfitter in the state, is expanding its […]

Riding the Crest of Whitewater Rafting

June 21, 1985 The Tribune – By Riding the Crest of Whitewater Rafting

El Sobrante, California — at 38 Bill McGinnis is owner of Whitewater Voyages/River Exploration Ltd., a rapidly expanding rafting company running more rivers and carrying more passengers than any other California outfitter.

Eleven years ago, the graduate of Ells High School and San Francisco State University, was living rent-free […]

Burnt Ranch Gorge

July 1, 1984 River Runner – By David M. Bolling

The local folks upstream in Cedar Flat, Del Loma and Big Bar get suddenly serious when you talk about taking rafts into the Gorge.

And if you’re a compulsive river-reader, you’ll run your eye up and down the visible stretches of that jumble of rock and water, noting the impossibly narrow chutes, […]

Plunging into a career

June 27, 1979 San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle – By Travel Writer Dick Alexander

When Bill McGinnis was a boy in the East Bay he walked the ditches when it rained, instead of the sidewalks.

There’s nothing particularly unique about that. We’ve all done it, I guess, sometimes getting swatted for having wet feet – or tracking mud into the house.

With us […]

A Rafting School for the Daring On the Stanislaus River

March 23, 1977  News Herald, Santa Rosa, California – By Gulon M. Kovner

Change the “quiet desperation” Thoreau applied to most men’s lives to quiet determination for William McGinnis.

Four years ago, he decided to write a book about whitewater rafting, a sport he had pursued for nine years. McGinnis shot his lanky body up in a trailer at Dillon Beach and […]

Rafter, Writer William McGinnis Succeeds Where Robust Men Fail

March 23, 1977  News Herald, Santa Rosa, California – By Gulon M. Kovner

Change the “quiet desperation” Thoreau applied to most men’s lives to quiet determination for William McGinnis.

Four years ago, he decided to write a book about whitewater rafting, a sport he had pursued for nine years. McGinnis shot his lanky body up in a trailer at Dillon Beach and […]

Toward the Roar Downriver

October 5, 1975   San Francisco Chronicle – Reviewed by Stanleigh Arnold

Whitewater Rafting, by William McGinnis. New York Times Quadrangle 361 pages, 

Whitewater may seem far removed from desert sand or mountain granite, it its impact on the sensibilities may be remarkably similar. And not only upon the emotions, either — all these inspire in a certain kind of person an almost […]

New Rivers to Conquer Adventure in China

June 30, 1975   Oakland Tribune  – By Richard Spencer Tribune Staff Writer

RICHMOND — Almost 3,200 miles the Yangtze flows, winding eastward from the Tibetan plateau through the bulk of mainland China before blending with the Huang Hai, the Yellow Sea of the north Pacific Ocean.

It is this river that presents the challenge now for 28-year-old author of “Whitewater Rafting” (Quadrangle/The […]