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Whitewater rafting trips on the South, Middle and North Forks of the American River offer difficulty levels to satisfy all ages (6+) and degrees of experience (Class II through V). First class all the way: guides, equipment, facilities, food, comfort.

The South Fork offers over 30 exhilarating rapids and a thrilling adventure for both first-timers and veterans.

The Middle Fork offers heightened challenges and excitement as well as a true wilderness experience, impressive rapids, an 18 ft. drop at the Tunnel Chute Rapid, and a trip underground for 90 ft.

The North Fork is ideal for those with prior rafting experience, featuring almost continuous technical whitewater rapids, then slowing to allow you to catch your breath and enjoy the beautiful canyon scenery.

North Fork American River - Chamberlin Falls

Typical Day

Two Day Trip: Chili Bar to Salmon Falls - 21 miles

Includes: 2 Night's Camping & 5 Meals

Your river voyage begins with your arrival the day before your trip at our deluxe river campground, complete with indoor restrooms and hot showers, swimming pool, volleyball court, and more. The first day of your trip begins with a hearty breakfast then, after an informative safety talk, you're off to the river for a day of fun, laughter, excitement, and lots of exhilarating whitewater. The first few rapids you'll encounter on the lower stretch are small but spirited and will allow you to practice your new paddling skills. Then a huge deli-style lunch to match those big, outdoor appetites will be set out for you by the side of the river.
After lunch, we're off to challenge 'The Gorge' and experience the excitement of outstanding rapids such as Satan's Cesspool and Hospital Bar. Just before the reservoir our own Honda Jet Ski will meet you for the tow to the take-out.
At the end of the day's rafting, cold beverages and transportation back to camp await you. At camp you can enjoy some tasty hors d'oeuvres, a hot shower or free time until we serve a delicious, healthy dinner that will satisfy the heartiest appetite. Your raft rip will be photographed by a Sierra Nevada Photo who will document your entire trip. Put in, water fights, lunch, all the major rapids such as Satan's Cesspool, Bouncing Rock, Hospital Bar and more will be featured during the digital photo show on our big screen after dinner.

On the second day of your river adventure following another delicious breakfast, the thrills start swiftly on the upper stretch with more outstanding whitewater including rapids such as Meat Grinder, Triple Threat and Troublemaker. A tasty lunch completes your unforgettable 21 mile trip. You'll leave with memories of beautiful scenery, the satisfaction of challenges met and shared with friends old and new, and the fun and exhilaration of whitewater rafting.

South Fork American River

Age range, type of group

The Ultimate California Fun Adventure for Ages 6 to 106.

Attention ALL Groups - We cater to people rafting solo to groups of 180+

All groups are welcome!
Families, Friends, Individuals, Couples, Co-workers, Organizations, Scouts, School Groups, Youth Groups, Churches, Corporations, Clubs...

Groups come in all shapes and sizes, are comprised of a variety of people brought together by any number of unifying qualities, and, by their very nature, are all perfect for the fun, adventure, and excitement of whitewater rafting.

With 5 paid rafters, the 6th goes for half fare!
For every 11 paid rafters, the 12th is free and so on. With 18 rafters, 1 is free and 1 is at half fare. Groups of 24 or more receive even bigger discounted rates. The organizer of groups of 24 or more also receives a free tent rental with thick foam sleeping pads, cots, and chairs.

South Fork American River

Sleeping and meals

DELUXE CAMPGROUND
FREE camping the night before all trips
FREE use of thick foam sleeping pads
FREE WiFi high speed internet service at our campsite for all to enjoy
Our campsite is just a three-minute walk from the famous Troublemaker Rapid on the South Fork
Flat, grass-covered campsites with picnic tables, benches, and fire pits
Super-clean restroom facilities with multiple hot showers, flush toilets, sinks and
electrical outlets. Mirrors too!
Firewood available to purchase or bring your own
Professional-level volleyball sand court
Heated swimming pool
Fishing pond stocked with trout and bass
Horseshoes pit
Easy 5-minute walk to James Marshall Gold Discovery State Park where gold was discovered in 1848
RV spaces available with or without hookups
Campground River Store for all your last-minute items and souvenirs, including river rafting T-shirts, hats and visors, sweatshirts, river shorts, eyeglass retainers, waterproof cameras, river shoes and much more

FIRST CLASS MENU
Professional gourmet cook
Exceptional hearty food: Barbecued Steak and
Chicken, and Seasoned Fish Dinners
Tasty appetizers
Premium wine from local vineyards, ice-cold micro brews on tap from either
and soft drinks with dinner.
Delicious freshly made desserts
Vegetarian & special meal requirements available upon request

Middle Fork American River - Ruck-a-Chucky

Other Information

SPECIAL SERVICES
Anniversary? Birthday? Reunion? Bachelor Party?

Or just a desire to make your trip extra memorable? Contact us in advance to arrange a cake, champagne, jugglers, musicians, wine tasting, gourmet trip, - you name it! We'll take good care of you!

North Fork American River
Starting at:
USD $74 per trip
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