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  • River: North Fork American River
  • Section: Mineral Bar Camp - Ponderosa Bridge
  • Length: 1 Day
  • Class:
  • Min. age: 14
  • Skill: Advanced, Intermediate
  • Departs from: Behind Raley's Supermarket - Auburn, CA (Map)
  • Meals: lunch
  • Duration: 6.5 hours
  • Weekdays $180 Adults / $162 Youth
  • Saturdays $200 Adults / $185 Youth
  • Sundays $180 Adults / $162 Youth
Call to book 800.750.2386

Description: Looking for the most class IV rafting you can get in a day, Our North Fork American river rafting Double Run covers a 9.5- mile stretch with a break for our delicious deli lunch, then we go back and run it all again, for a full 19-miles of Class IV excitement!

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Itinerary: We meet you and your group in Auburn, CA the morning of your trip, check you in, and take a short van ride up to the launching area, near Colfax, CA.

You will then be issued a wet suit and rafting windbreaker to change into to make your river rafting trip on the North Fork American river as comfortable as possible.

After our river safety talk and orientation, we split up into groups, assign the guides and begin our rafting adventure on the North Fork American river.  After a very short warm up, we enter the main gorge and “Entrance Exam” followed immediately by “Slaughter’s Sluice” a series of non-stop drops, holes, and waves, climaxing in one of the biggest drops on the river, “Chamberlin Falls”, an 8 foot waterfall.  Rapids come in quick fire procession for the next 4 miles, ending in “Staircase Falls”, a series of 3 drops in only 30 yards.

The river then enters a more relaxing stretch where we have time to catch our breath and enjoy the splendor of the North Fork American river canyon.  After completing the 9.5 mile section, we pull over to the take-out area, put the rafts on the van, have a great buffet riverside lunch, and then it’s back to the beginning to do it all over again.

At the end of the day, our vans will be waiting for you with cold drinks and snacks for the 30 min. ride back to the meeting area, where again your guides will be there to thank you for coming and give you photo coupons good for money off your rapid photo purchase (if you wish).

What’s Provided:

  • Skilled, professional guide service
  • High-quality inflatable rafts, paddles, helmets, personal floatation devices
  • Wet Suits and Splash Jackets
  • Riverside buffet lunch
  • Transportation from the meeting place to the river and back
  • Drinks and snacks at river’s end

What To Bring:

  • River clothing is very casual and you should expect to get wet!  
  • Bathing suit/trunks, lightweight, quick drying top (rash guard works well)
  • Lightweight  windbreaker for cool mornings, sweatshirt for cool evenings
  • River sandals or old tennis shoes work great (No flip flops or bare feet allowed)
  • Hat (optional under helmet)
  • Sunglasses (suggest retaining device so they don’t end up in the river)
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip protection
  • Bottle of water (drinks provided at lunch and end of the trip)
  • Inexpensive waterproof camera (professional pictures are taken at one of the rapids)
  • Dry clothes for trip home (to be left in your car).

Useful Information

North Fork American Double Run Trip PDF
Whitewater Excitement Disclaimer Form
North Fork Details and Directions
North Fork American river rafting action.