Description: A springtime adventure trip begins by taking on the entire 21 mile section of the South Fork American river in day one; an ideal way to get ready and tune-up your skills. This will prepare you for day two and one of the biggest challenges, the “Chamberlain Falls” gorge of the North Fork American river. 2 exciting, fun-filled days await you on this challenging river rafting adventure.
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Itinerary: Your 2 Day South Fork American River and North Fork American river rafting combo adventure begins the night before your trip with camping at our own private camp area right on the banks of the South Fork American river. Our camp host will meet you and escort you to your assigned camp area and answer any questions you might have about the camp or river rafting trip.
Breakfast the next morning is served by our camp cooks at 7:15 AM (coffee, tea, and hot choc are available earlier for those who just cannot seem to sleep in). After breakfast our Whole River, 21 mile adventure begins at 8:00 AM at our South Fork Camp area, where your guides will meet you and check you in for the trip. We then board our bus for a 30 min. scenic ride along Gold Country Highway 49, driving right past the Coloma State Park, where gold was first discovered on the American River in 1848, and started the California gold rush. Arriving at our launching point, your guides will help you with your pfd’s (life jackets), helmets, and paddles. We will give a river safety orientation, break up into groups and guides, and then hit the river for our longest all day adventure on the South Fork of the American river.
Just downstream is our first class 3 rapid, “Meatgrinder”, the longest on the river (not the biggest, though). The morning session is packed with rapids that will challenge and thrill you, the last of the morning will be the famous “Troublemaker Rapid”. After troublemaker, we relax in a more mellow section for about an hour, then pull off at our riverside camp and your guides will prepare our buffet deli-styled lunch with all the trimmings. There will be bathrooms there and places to sit around and talk about the rapids of the morning and the next section to come – The Gorge!
The afternoon section, call the Gorge Run, begins with some bouncy whitewater and even a voluntary out of boat experience through “Swimmer’s Rapid” a fun, small wave train that leads to a huge pond to recover in. A fun way to cool off in the hot summer. Then the river builds and enters the “Gorge”, where the rapids come almost in non stop fashion for 6 miles.
After the trip, it’s back to camp for an outstanding BBQ dinner and drinks expertly prepared by our dedicated camp cooks. Following dinner, our guide staff will have a slide show of you and your crew rafting down the rapids. You will have time after dinner for yourselves, for a camp fire (conditions permitting), or a short hike.
Breakfast our next morning will be early at 7:30 AM as we begin our North Fork American river rafting adventure at 8:00 AM at our basecamp meeting area where our guide staff will be there to check you in and answer any questions about the day’s activities. We will issue wet suits and rafting windbreakers for you to put on and get ready for the trip. Once everyone is checked in we board our vans and take a very scenic drive of a little over an hour to the launching area.
On this drive you will drive past the confluence of the North Fork American river and Middle Fork American river ( confluence is where two rivers meet and become one).
Once at the put in, our guide staff will help you with the river equipment necessary for the river rafting adventure. Then we will have a river safety orientation, divide up into groups, assign the guides and get on the 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.
We stop for lunch in this section and your guides will prepare our riverside buffet lunch, which believe it or not, was in the rafts from the beginning. After lunch we hit some super fun class 3 rapids on the way to the end of our adventure.
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 camp 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).
- Skilled, professional guide service.
- High-quality inflatable rafts, paddles, helmets, personal floatation devices.
- Wetsuits and splash jackets for spring trips only – (if needed).
- Transportation from the meeting place to the river and back.
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner on day 1 and breakfast and lunch on day 2.
- 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).
- Tent and ground cloth.
- Or rent one of our 4 person dome tents or deluxe cabin tents that sleep 4.
- Sleeping Bag, pad, and pillow.
- Camp clothing (dry shoes, long pants, shorts, shirt, sweatshirt or light jacket).
- Flashlight, lantern, insect repellent.
- Food and drinks ( that are not provided on your trip).
- Campfire wood (we have a limited supply in our camp store).
Please do not bring
- Pets, fireworks, high pressure water guns or firearms.