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American River Rafting

2 of the BEST American River Rafting Trips in California

Raft the white water of the South Fork, the Middle Fork, or both, with one of our 2-day trips!

South Fork American River Whitewater Rafting Quick Info

  • Located only 3 hours from SF Bay Area and 1 hour from Sacramento
  • Class 3 Rapids – Fun for all ages and experience levels
  • 21 miles in length, can raft 11, 14, or the entire 21 miles in 1 or 2 days
  • Ages 7+ (4+ for Young Rafters Trip)
  • 1/2, 1, 2-day trips

South Fork of the American River whitewater Rafting Highlights

Our South Fork American River rafting trip is by far the perfect introductory river trip out of all the trips we offer. It’s for groups of all ages. Our American river rafting on the South Fork is perfect for families, scout and church youth groups, corporate outings, and almost any group you have.

The river travels 21 miles from just below the Chili Bar dam to the upper reaches of Folsom Lake. We offer many different trip options on the South Fork.  From our Young Rafters Adventure to our Full River 21-mile 1-day trip.

We divide our American river white water rafting trips into two sections. First is the Upper Chili Bar Section.  The next is the Lower Gorge Section. Each section has its own unique character and style of rapids. The lower section is 11 miles, while the upper section is 10. Each section has many class 3 rapids. Bring on the white water!

Middle Fork American River Whitewater Rafting Quick info

  • Located only 3 hours from SF Bay Area and 1 hour from Sacramento
  • Class 3 and Class 4 Rapids – adventurous beginners to expert rafters
  • 18 miles in length with the famous Tunnel Chute Rapid
  • Ages 12+
  • 1-day trips or 2- or 3-day Combo Trips

Middle Fork American River whitewater Rafting Highlights

Our Middle Fork American River rafting trip is a perfect choice for those adventurous beginners or experienced rafters looking for more of a challenge. The river is 18 miles in length and offers some of the only summertime class 4 rafting action.

Folks rafting the Middle Fork should be in good physical condition, be able to swim (a requirement), and on the adventurous side. Highlighted by the famous “Tunnel Chute” rapid, the Middle Fork has that wilderness feel only minutes away from civilization.

A total wilderness river canyon awaits those challenging this exciting river. Winding through a very deep and almost inaccessible area, the Middle Fork offers that solitude that we rarely find these days, even on a river rafting adventure.

Why Choose Only 1 River? Do the American River Rafting trip Combo! Double fun!

Also offered on is one of our most popular 2-day trips: The South Middle 2-Day Combo.  White water raft two different rivers in two days. We raft the 14 mile Gorge Section of the South Fork American River on the first day and then challenge the Class 3 and 4 rapids on 18 miles of the Middle Fork American River the second. Included are 2 nights of camping at our own private camp right on the banks of the American River, 2 days of whitewater rafting – 2 different rivers, and 5 meals prepared by our own camp chef.

If you are looking for the most rafting in your two days off, try out Ultimate South Middle 2-Day Combo. Here you will raft the entire 21 miles of the South Fork American River, and then head over and raft the 18 miles of the Middle Fork American River on your second day. You spend 2 days on the river, 2 nights of camping at our own private riverside base camp. You will also enjoy 5 wonderfully prepared meals by our own camp cooks.

 

Make Your California Rafting Reservation Today

River rafting the American River can be the trip of your year. Get started now!

  • Call us at 1-800-750-2386 or
  • Make your reservation by booking online
  • Fill out our online Check Availability form and receive a response within 24 hours with more options and details.
  • Remember that we have our Preferred Guest Discount for those who have rafted with us before and …
  • Other great group discounts for groups of 6-11 and 12+.

River Rapid Map of South Fork American River

River Rapids Map of Middle Fork American River

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    South Middle Fork American River Deluxe 2 Day Combo

    Description: Our most popular American river rafting trip.  Spend two days rafting two different rivers. Day 1 is the Gorge Run on the South Fork American … Learn more

    • River: American River Rafting, Combination Trips, Middle Fork American River, South Fork American River
    • Length: 2 Days
    • Class: III-IV
    • Min. age: 12
    • Skill: Adventurous First Timer, Intermediate
    • Departs from: Lotus, CA (Map)
    STARTING AT $280
    Book now!
  • rafters on white water entering tunnel on middle fork american river

    South Middle Fork American River Standard 2 Day Combo

    Description: Our most popular American river rafting trip, but with not having to make the drive the night before your trip. Meet at 10AM the morning … Learn more

    • River: American River Rafting, Combination Trips, Middle Fork American River
    • Length: 2 Days
    • Class: III-IV
    • Min. age: 12
    • Skill: Adventurous First Timer, Intermediate
    • Departs from: WWE Base Camp - Lotus, CA (Map)
    STARTING AT $260
    Book now!
  • rafts inside tunnel on middle fork american river

    Ultimate South Middle Fork American River 2 Day Combo

    Description: Maximum white water rafting option: Spend two FULL days rafting two different rivers, including the Whole River of the South Fork American river, 21 … Learn more

    • River: American River Rafting, Combination Trips, Middle Fork American River, South Fork American River
    • Length: 2 Days
    • Class: III-IV
    • Min. age: 12
    • Skill: Adventurous First Timer, Intermediate
    • Departs from: Lotus, CA (Map)
    STARTING AT $310
    Book now!
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    Middle South Fork American River 2 Day Combo

    Description: The reverse of our  most popular American river rafting trip. We raft the Middle Fork American river the first day and then hit the … Learn more

    • River: American River Rafting, Combination Trips
    • Length: 2 Days
    • Class: III-IV
    • Min. age: 12
    • Skill: Adventurous First Timer, Intermediate
    • Departs from: WWE Base Camp (Map)
    STARTING AT $280
    Book now!
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    South Fork American River PM 1/2 Day Trip

    Description:   This is our most popular ½ day American River rafting trip.For those short on time, our Afternoon Half Day runs the “Gorge Section” of … Learn more

    • River: American River Rafting, South Fork American River
    • Length: 1/2 Day
    • Class: III
    • Min. age: 7
    • Skill: First Timer
    • Departs from: WWE Base Camp (Map)
    STARTING AT $85
    Book now!
  • South Fork American River Deluxe 2 Day Trip

    Description:  How does this sound? Spend two days whitewater rafting, two nights of camping out, and enjoy five gourmet meals, all at our own private … Learn more

    • River: American River Rafting, South Fork American River
    • Length: 2 Days
    • Class: III
    • Min. age: 7
    • Skill: First Timer
    • Departs from: WWE Base Camp - Lotus, CA (Map)
    STARTING AT $270
    Book now!
  • rafters smiling after fun rapid

    South Fork American River STANDARD – 2 Day Trip

    Description:  Perfect choice for those who don’t want to drive up the night before.  Spend two days whitewater rafting, 1 night of camping out, and … Learn more

    • River: American River Rafting, South Fork American River
    • Length: 2 Days
    • Class: III
    • Min. age: 7
    • Skill: Adventurous First Timer, First Timer, Intermediate
    • Departs from: WWE Base Camp - Lotus, CA (Map)
    STARTING AT $250
    Book now!
  • rafters paddling through rapid on south fork american river

    South Middle Fork American River 3 Day Combo

    Description:  For those wanting a longer of a whitewater vacation, our Three-Day South and Middle Combo trip is for you. Spend the first two days … Learn more

    • River: American River Rafting, Combination Trips, Middle Fork American River, South Fork American River
    • Length: 3 Days
    • Class: III-IV
    • Min. age: 12
    • Skill: Adventurous First Timer, Intermediate
    • Departs from: WWE Base Camp (Map)
    STARTING AT $400
    Book now!
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    South Fork American River Chili Bar 1 Day Trip

    Description: Raft the 10 Mile Chili Bar section of the South Fork of the American river.  “Meatgrinder”, “Triple Threat”, and Troublemaker are just some of … Learn more

    • River: American River Rafting, South Fork American River
    • Length: 1 Day
    • Class: III
    • Min. age: 7
    • Skill: First Timer
    • Departs from: WWE Base Camp (Map)
    STARTING AT $105
    Book now!
  • family smiles in big rapid

    Ultimate Middle Fork American River 2 Day

    Description: Maximum white water rafting option: Spend two FULL days rafting 18 miles the Middle Fork American river, all 18 miles each day, two nights … Learn more

    • River: American River Rafting, Middle Fork American River
    • Length: 2 Days
    • Class: III-IV
    • Min. age: 12
    • Skill: Advanced, Adventurous First Timer, Intermediate
    • Departs from: WWE Base Camp - Lotus, CA (Map)
    STARTING AT $310
    Call to book 800.750.2386
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