New Series: Questions answered about rafting the American River

Most asked Questions of river rafting guests

Over the next few months, we will be asking and answering the most common asked questions that we get from our rafting guests.  From how  deep is the water, to, do we end up in the same place we started? Really,  we will be asking and answering a lot more pressing questions than  these, but these do get asked quite often.

The hope of these next few months is to educated prespecitive river rafting guests on the sport, how to best prepare for a trip, what they can expect on a rafting adventure, and even some  questions you have always wanted to ask but were afraid to.


We have compliled a list of over 100 questions that we have been asked over the last 30 years, however, if you have a pressing question and need an answer, please contact us and we will be happy to answer it for you.

Please stay tuned for this question and answer session, you will gain valuable information about: making the right choice of an outfitter, choosing the best river for your american river rafting adventure for you, your family, or your friends, what you can expect on a rafting trip, and many, many more.

Whitewater rafting on the American river is an experience for everyone. However, having the correct information is something that will make your experience the best it can be, and save you time and effort.

The first question will we answer in our next post is: What happens if it does not rain or snow much more, will there be a rafting season this spring and summer on the American River? 

Stay tuned.


Wine and Cheese Sunset Cruise

New for Summer of 2014 – Wine and Cheese Sunset Cruise

Join us to a 2 hour evening float through the seldom seen lower North Fork of the American river, just below the

town of Auburn, CA. Easy Class 1 and 2 rapids await you on this sections. Half way down we will pull over
to a nice sandy beach area and serve wine, cheese, and maybe some chocolate dipped strawberries.

This is an adult only trip and a great way tocool down in the evening and spend an evening with friends, family, or co-workers.
We meet at 5:00 PM in the town of Cool, Ca. You will float under the famouse No Hands Railroad Bridge of the early 1900’s and
also by the exact spot where they were building the Auburn Dam in the 1960’s (were all glad that they did not).

Prices are $69 Sunday through Friday nights.

Join us this year, it’s an awesome experience.



New Trip for 2014

New for the Summer of 2014

Super Ultra Middle Middle 2 Day Combo

Super Ultra Special – only $289 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June, July, and August 2014.

Raft the Middle Fork of the American river – 2x – in 2 Days.  You’ll get the most class 3/4 whitewater in a two day period anywhere in the Western United States this summer.  18 miles of rivers each day, 5 great meals, and 2 nights of camping at our own private riverside camp area right on the banks of the South Fork American river.


We’ll transport you from the camp to the river and back each day.  The first day will warm you up – then on the second day you’ll be treated again to the famous “Tunnel Chute” rapid.  No other rapid like it in the world and you get to do it twice in two days.

Call us for the adventure of your time of your life – Step out of ordinary life and go for it!

Middle Fork American River flowing 7 Days

Middle Fork American River flowing 7 Days

Yes – we have confirmation that our Middle Fork of the American river trips will be running 7 days a week this year.  Thanks to the power companies and water storage folks to being able to offer us great flows even with the drought conditions here in California. 

Middle Fork American river rafting.

We are super excited about being about to offer this awesome summertime Class 3-4 river each day of the week.  We will even be offering Tuesdays and Wednesdays, our Middle / Middle 2 Day Combo trip.  This trip will raft the entire 18 miles of the Middle for BOTH days. 2 nights of camping and 5 meals will be also included in this super ultimate american river rafting adventure.  We, at Whitewater Excitement will be the only outfitter offering this trip, and as a way of enticing you to make a reservation for this trip, we are offering a 15% discount for any sized group to raft this trip on any Tuesday and Wednesday Combo.

The power companies will be releasing the same water flow that makes the Middle Fork American a great choice for adventurous beginners or those seeking a higher thrill level than the South Fork American river.

This Super Ultimate Tues/Wed trip will be very popular this season, so why not call us today and get on the band wagon while we still have space available.

The time is now for American River Rafting


Even with the past rain and snow we are still below average for this time of year for the American river rafting drainage. 

JUNE Hi Res Shot Merced Cranberry -VinWhich means that we all need to conserve our water use as much as we can to lessen the load during this time of low water storage. The GOOD NEWS is that we have guaranteed releases from the hydro Electric Dams upstream from both the South Fork American rafting drainage and Middle Fork of the American river rafting drainage. This year we will have “at least” 5 days of rafting with great flows (no Tuesday or Wednesday) on the South Fork, but all 7 days of rafting on the Middle Fork!!. They still need to bring the water down from the upper reserviors of the american river to the city areas, meaning we will still be able to raft this season!! More to come.

New Developments

Since 1978, the Whitewater Excitement staff has consistently integrated new features, staff and trip options to make your California rafting outdoor vacation a “Best in Class” experience.

Recent changes to make your trip even more comfortable and enjoyable are:

  • Tent cabins at our private American River campground
  • Bed and Breakfasts/ rafting combos
  • New river rafting trips for kids and family as young as 5.

Comfortable Tent Cabins on the American River

Whitewater Excitement Tent CabinIf you love the outdoors and river rafting, but seek a higher level of comfort, you will love our new tent cabins located in our private campground on the American River. Each of our two tent cabin features four comfortable cots. Sleeping bags with liners are available for rent.Combine our tent cabins, hot showers, bathrooms with your 1 or 2-day rafting trip with meals and you have got a California river rafting vacation you will love. All you need is your pillow. Rates are $60 per night and sleep four.


Historic Bed & Breakfast & River Rafting Trips

American River Inn B&BIf you want rafting fun and a high level of comfort,this California river rafting – Bed & Breakfast combo in the heart of California Gold Country can’t be beat.Enjoy a historic Queen Anne-style bed & breakfast inn, complete with old-fashioned hospitality and antique furnishings. The historic American River Inn and conference center,* built in 1853 with its elegant Country Victorian guest rooms and suites, creates a sense of nostalgia and serenity for guests. If it’s time for an adventure and a romantic escape for two, check into nearby the American River Inn less then 15 minutes from our camp and rafting trip departure point.

Each morning before your rafting trip and after a comfortable night’s rest on an antique feather bed with down comforter, your gracious Innkeepers will treat you to a gourmet breakfast to start your day off right.You’ll have full use of the facilities and amenities, including hot Jacuzzi, bicycles, and other activities.

To check availability and make your reservation for lodging, go to American River Inn online bookings or call800-245-6566.

To determine the best rafting trip for you, go to our California Rivers page and pick a trip on one of the nearby American Rivers. To check availability or book your rafting trip, go to our Reservations page of your choice or call our office at 800-750-2386.

American River Rafting Podcast

Do you have questions on river rafting and outdoor vacation fun in California and on major American Rivers? Then our new – and one of the first in the world – American River Rafting Podcast will give you expert tips and advice from river rafting expert and Whitewater Excitement founder Norm Schoenhoff.

Each 20 – 30 minute episode guides you with helpful information to help you plan and enjoy your California rafting trips or on one of the top rivers in America. Download the rafting podcast into your computer or digital audio player and you can listen, learn and plan your rafting trip anytime.

If you have questions you’d like addressed in a future episodes, E-mail Norm at

Young Rafting Adventure & Family Packages (ages 5 and up)

Whitewater Excitement Family Rafting 2

If you want to share the fun of river rafting and beauty of nature with your kids (or grandkids, nieces or nephews) but they are too young for our regular rafting trips, then you will love our new Young Rafter Adventures for kids 5 and up. This great trip is easy, fun, and provides bouncy class 1 and 2 rapids that will give your younger rafters a taste of whitewater rafting. Your South Fork American River rafting trip begins at Coloma State Historic Park, where gold was first discovered, and finish 7 miles downstream. We offer 1/2 day trips with and without lunch, and also offer 1/2 day overnight packages that include rafting and camping at our own private campground. For families with younger kids, ages 5 and up, this is a great way to introduce them to rafting, nature and camping. Please call us for more information at 800-750-2386. Your kids will always remember and appreciate their first rafting trip with you.