The South Fork of the American River is a great introduction to the sport of whitewater rafting. This river is ideal for first-timers and families. A good solid Class III run with over 20 major rapids, its course will take you through the small mining town of Coloma, where James Marshall first discovered gold at Sutters Mill and changed the course of California history. Calm sections are interspersed with wonderfully fun rapids and the excitement comes to a head in the last 3 miles of river known as “The Gorge”. This river is excellent for either the veteran or novice, and is appropriate for ages 6 to 106!
Also available is the exciting Class III-IV Middle Fork of the American River. The Middle Fork full day rafting trip offers excellent intermediate whitewater with big drops and lots of thrills, even through September (when other Class III-IV rivers in California are no longer raft-able!). The Middle Fork is a fantastic option if you are looking for a more affordable alternative to the Tuolumne River. (A 1-day, 18-mile Class III/IV trip is less than HALF the price of the Tuolumne River!) Minimum age is 12, and adventurous first-timers are welcome.
Our trips on the American River stage out of our private campground right on the river. Our facilities include luxury riverside cabins, in-ground swimming pool, grass-covered shaded campsites, delicious gourmet meals, hot showers and new modern restrooms. So come and join us on the American River in the heart of California’s historical “Motherlode”.
For full trip itineraries, camping and dining options, detailed pricing, or assistance planning your trip please email us at email@example.com or call us at (209) 532-6249.