White Water Rafting Northern California

River Rafting in Northern California

Welcome to the adrenaline-pumping world of whitewater rafting in Northern California, where the rugged beauty of the landscape meets the thrilling rush of the American River. Whitewater rafting in Northern California combines some of the most exciting rapids to be found anywhere in the country with close proximity to Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay area, and even the San Jose area. 

In just an hours’ drive from the Sacramento area, right in the beautiful Coloma and Lotus valleys, you can find the American River, a Mecca for whitewater rafting enthusiasts. Continue reading to learn more about the endless options for rafting in Northern California.

Whitewater Rafting Trips in Northern California

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South Fork American River

The South Fork of the American river has options for everyone, from Class 2 scenic stretches to exhilarating Class 3 rapids. Set in the Coloma Valley famous for the Gold Rush, the 21 miles of South Fork offers trips the best rafting trips for families, the perfect half-day getaway, or the luxerious overnight experience.

Middle Fork American River

You cant mention river rafting in Northern California without talking about the Middle Fork of the American. This Class 3-4 river promises real thrills and a solitude on the river that is truly unique. Rafting through a man made rapid, the infamous Tunnel Chute Rapid, those who are adventurous will want to check out this must raft river. 

North Fork American River

Unlike the hydro-dam controlled South and Middle Forks, the North Fork is a naturally flowing river that is highest during springtime snowmelt. It is the most intense and technical of the American River sections, with crystal clear waters, steep gorges and endless rapids. It is recommended that those looking to rafting this section have prior experience, but we often take adventurous first timers looking for the ultimate thrill.

Make It A Weekend Trip

Looking to go rafting in Northern California, but want to make more of a trip out of it? Whitewater Excitement’s private riverside camp is the perfect place to stay. With campsites along the banks of the river, those camping can enjoy falling asleep to a starry night and the sounds of the river, but not before our camp cooks delicious dinner!

Our knowledgeable, fun and attentive guides have been leading white water rafting trips in Northern California for almost forty years, and we’re continually receiving great testimonials from our guests.

 Another great guide to the area and activities is the Insider’s Guide to the American River.

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