Whitewater Rafting is a great opportunity to share the outdoors with your children so they might learn to value these wilderness areas and work to preserve them for future generations. Oh, and your kids will be thanking you for the most amazing adventure vacation yet!

Family Friendly Trips

There are many different options for families with kids 4-16 years old to choose from. The South Fork American River hosts many of those trip, ranging from a 2 hour float to a day trip.

South Fork Young Rafters Trip

This 2 hour trip through Class 2 rapids is one we can take kids as young as 4. A great introduction to whitewater rafting, families and kids will raft through a 4 mile scenic, historical section of the South Fork. There will be opportunities to swim, pick blackberries, skip rocks, and even let the kids try to steer the boat. We introduce the young ones on the necessary equipment needed, how to safely paddle a raft, the commands needed, and the history of the area. 

Make it an camping trip and book our Young Rafters Overnight Trip.

South Fork Options

For Kids 7 years and older, The South Fork has many other sections to choose from such as

  • Gorge One Day Trip – Raft the lower 14 miles through Class 2-3 rapids with Lunch Included.
  • Afternoon Half Day – Spend the afternoon rafting, swimming, and enjoying the lower 11 miles
  • Morning Half Day – Raft the upper 10 miles through historical sites and exciting Class 3 rapids.
  • South Fork 2 Day Trip – Combine 2 days of rafting with 2 nights of camping, 5 meals, and over 40 years of professional service and rafting trips.

Family 50 % Discounts

For each full paying adult, a child will get a 50% Discount! This offer is included in most midweek, South Fork 1 day trips.

With over 40 years of experience, our Family American river rafting trips are affordable vacations you won’t want to miss! Call at 1-800-750-2386 to learn more and speak with one our staff.  

Dear Phillip –

We spent a week in N. Calif – sightseeing in Yosemite, S. Lake Tahoe, etc. and I have to say the trip we took with your company was a highlight of our week! What made it so fantastic was your wonderful guides – they were experienced, friendly, and funny – (we spent some of the trip exchanging jokes!) The trip was exciting for our boys, but at no time did we feel unsafe (a plus for me since I was a first-timer and a bit of a chicken). They explained every rapid and threw in some interesting stories. Our trip included a beautiful riverside lunch – complete with fresh, sliced (delicious!) fruit, and dessert. There were NO complaints from us – the best part of our trip was the experienced guides. Thank you again for the memories of a great family vacation!

Joan & family – New Jersey

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