Mariah Wilderness California Rafting: Whitewater Rafting North Fork American
California whitewater rafting at it's best. Half-day to three-day trips, special rafting & goldpanning family trips-kids 50% discount. Wine tasting and music weekends. Luxury tent cabins with cots, pads & deck chairs at our Mariah River Camp.

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Active Adventure

Whitewater raft seven of California's Sierra Nevada rivers. Join your crew and experienced captain on the river in our 6-8 person paddle boat, receive expert instruction, and paddle down river through calm floats and exciting Class II to V whitewater, depending on the river you choose. Our Class III beginning whitewater rivers are perfect for first-time rafters as young as 8 years old. Experienced paddlers step up to more exciting Class IV and V rivers.

Typical Day

We offer half-day, one-day, and two-day trips on most of our rivers. On a one-day trip, we typically meet near the river between 8:30-9:30, receive detailed orientation and safety information, board our boats and begin rafting! Lunch is served at a cool spot along the riverbank. We finish the day's run and shuttle back to our meeting site. Two-day trips include 1 or 2 nights' camping in our wilderness campsite and 4-5 delicious meals prepared by your guides.

Age range, type of group

On the South Fork American river, the minimum age is7. Other rivers require youths to be 12-14 years. whitewater rafting is perfect for couples, families, groups of friends, and company team-building. You can choose your river to reflect your level of activity, physical fitness, and prior experience. We like to say the South Fork is perfect for rafters from 7 to 80!

Sleeping and meals

Two day trips around our South Fork camp include two nights' camping and 5 delicious meals prepared by your guides. Our main camp site has many camping areas, hot showers and flush toilets, activities to play at while off-river (volleyball, ping-pong, and horseshoes), nature trails, and restful riverside pools. A central campfire rounds out the evening under the stars. Deluxe Cabin-style Tents with cots and deck chairs are available; our Beverage Garden offers special wine-tasting during every 2-Day South Fork American River trip; several evenings local musicians entertain during hors d'hoeuvres.


Please leave your pets and other valuables at home.

Rates & Availability

All trips include a 10% discount for kids under 16, and group discounts for free trips with 6 or more rafters. Half-day trips range from $72-105, one-day trips including lunch from $81-149, and two-day trips including 2 nights' camping, 5 meals from $230-280. A 7% River Use Fee will be added. Our Thursday & Friday Family Goldpanning & rafting trips offer youth 16 years and younger 50% discount.

Discounts Offered

 - Mariah Wilderness California Rafting
10% youth discount for kids 8-16. Special family trips include a 38% discount for kids. Group discounts on most rivers: every 6th person comes 1/2 off; the 12 person is free. Groups over 24 receive an additional 5% off. Our Thursday & Friday Family Goldpanning & rafting trips offer youth 16 years and younger 50% discount.

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Mariah Wilderness California Rafting, 6500 Hwy 49, Lotus
California, United States

Nearby Attractions & Services

Historic Placerville
20 miles

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Donna Hunter
Mariah Wilderness California Rafting
Mariah Wilderness Expeditions
PO Box 1160
Lotus, California 95651

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