American River

whitewater near sacramento

PLEASE NOTE: We offer our American River trips in association with our sister outfitter

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 everyone 6 and up!

Our trips on the American River stage out of our private campground right on the river. Our facilities include luxury riverside cabins, 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 or call us at (209) 532-6249.

American Trip Options

American River Camp

South Fork American

1/2 Day, Full Day, and 2 Day trips available, near Sacramento and Lake Tahoe!

Here to Help

We’re here to help!

Our friendly office staff are ready to answer any questions and help you book your next adventure!