Are you looking for more rafting and rapids in 2 days, then our Ultimate South Fork American 2 day trip is the perfect choice for you.
Our South Fork American River Ultimate 2 river rafting trip is a 35 mile adventure that covers 2 days, includes 2 nights of camping at our own private riverside camp, and 5 awesome meals. On this trip we raft the 14 mile lower Gorge section of the river the first day and then the Whole River Run, all 21 miles of the South Fork American river the second day. Giving you a chance to raft the very fun rapids of the “Gorge” twice in 2 days.
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Itinerary: Arriving at our private riverside campground the night before your trip, our dedicated camp host will escort you to you assigned camp area, show you the facilities, and answer any questions that you might have about your ultimate american river rafting adventure..
The morning of your trip you will be served breakfast at about 7:15 AM (coffee, tea, hot choc are available earlier for those who just cannot sleep in). After breakfast you will be checking in for the rafting part of your trip and getting ready for the day of whitewater excitement.
After a short bus ride to the launching area, your guides will help you with the required river gear and give you a river safety orientation. Then we split up into groups, assign the guides and push off onto the South Fork American river. The trip begins with some bouncy water to warm you up for the afternoon session of big rapids We stop for lunch where your guides will prepare your riverside buffet lunch. Bathrooms are available during the break.
The afternoon section, call the Gorge Run, begins with some bouncy whitewater and even a 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. Rapids like “Satan’s Cesspool”, “Bouncing Rock”, and “Hospital Bar await you in this super exciting section of river.
After finishing the Gorge, our busses will meet you with cold drinks and a snack for the 30 min bus ride back to camp where you can clean up, relax a bit, and get ready for hor’dourves and a hearty BBQ dinner served by our camp cooks and your guides. After dinner we will have dessert and a slideshow of you rafting through some of the big rapids of the day. Then it’s off to your camp area and a relaxing time by the campfire before turning in for the evening.
The next day again brings breakfast and a 30 min ride up scenic Highway 49, the Gold Country Highway. We’ll pass by Coloma State Park, where gold was first discovered in 1848 by James Marshall. Arriving at the launching area, we again give you a refresher on our river safety talk, board the rafts and tackle the Upper Chili Bar section of the South Fork American river.
This day, though, is our full day 21 mile trip that covers the entire section of 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 rapid of the morning will be the famous “Troublemaker Rapid”. An s-turning maelstrom of a rapid, remember to smile here, as professional photographers will be capturing your rapid moment. After Troublemaker, we relax in a more mellow section for about an hour, then pull off at the WWE camp and your and your guides will prepare another buffet deli-style lunch..
After lunch, it’s on the our second round of the “Gorge”, where you will again experience the excitement of rafting through the same super fun rapids you did on the first day, but now with the knowledge of what is coming up.
At the end of the day, we will have waiting for you with cold drinks and snacks at 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).
- Skilled, professional guides, camp hosts, and camp cooks.
- High-quality inflatable rafts, paddles, helmets, personal floatation devices.
- Wetsuits and splash jackets for spring trips prior to Memorial Day weekend-(if needed).
- Transportation from the meeting place to the river and back.
- Drinks and snacks at river’s end.
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on day 1 / breakfast and lunch on day 2.
- 2 nights of camping at our own private riverside camp area.
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.