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  • River: South Fork American River
  • Section: Coloma State Park - WWE Base Camp
  • Length: 1/2 Day
  • Class:
  • Min. age: 4
  • Skill: First Timer
  • Departs from: WWE Base Camp - Lotus, CA (Map)
  • Meals: Dinner, breakfast, and lunch
  • Duration: 1.5 days
  • Weekdays $120 Adults / $110 Youth
  • Sundays $140 Adults / $130 Youth
Call to book 800.750.2386

Description:   Add Camping to your Young Rafters Adventure – Come in the night before your trip and spend the night camping, have a great BBQ Dinner, and raft the next day. A great way to introduce your youngster to camping and white water rafting on the American river.

Great Adventure for the Younger Rafters – Spend a half day rafting the “Middle” section of the South Fork American River and one night camping at our private camp area right on the banks of the South Fork American river,  with your youngsters.  Bouncy, fun, class 1 and 2 rapids.  Time to swim and enjoy the river. Our Young Rafters Adventures are for families with kids that are too young for our regular white water rafting trips. Easy and fun rapids that will give your younger rafters a taste of whitewater rafting on the American river.

What is this trip like?                              CHECK AVAILABILITY

Itinerary:  Our trip begins with camping the night before your river rafting adventure.  You can come in at 5:30 PM, check in with camp host, and set up your camp for the evening.  Dinner begins with hor’dourves at about 6:00PM with dinner served at 6:30 PM.

The next morning our camp cook is up early to prepare and serve you our breakfast, with special pancakes just for the kids (and the kid in all of us).  After breakfast it’s time to head to the river for our ½ day of exciting bouncy rapids.

We begin our trip at Coloma State Historic Park, where gold was first discovered, and finish 5 miles downstream at our South Fork Basecamp.  For families with younger kids, ages 5 and up, this is a great way to introduce them to rafting.

This river rafting trip has bouncy, fun, and exciting class 1 and 2 rapids for the younger ones.  There is time to relax, hop out of the raft for a quick swim in the river, pick blackberries, and soak up the awesome scenery of the South Fork of the American river. A perfect amount of time for everyone to have a great time on the river.

At the end of the day, lunch along with cold drinks will be waiting for you at our South Fork Basecamp where your adventure ends.  Your guide(s) will be there to thank you for coming and help you get your little ones back into some dry clothes for the trip home.

What’s Provided:

  • Skilled, professional guide service
  • High-quality inflatable rafts, paddles, helmets, personal floatation devices
  • Overnight camping and 3 meals
  • 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

South Fork Young Rafters Overnight Trip Information
Whitewater Excitement Disclaimer Form
South Fork Details and Directions
South Fork American river rafting map