Middle Fork American River

California’s Most Popular Class IV Whitewater

In the Middle Fork American River Canyon, experience whitewater adventure where the serenity of the canyon walls and excitement of world-class rapids will invigorate those who take the journey.

Tunnel Chute, where the river races and drops down a narrow chute blasted by gold-hungry miners in the 19th century. Watch trout swim below your raft in glassy pools, venture on side hikes exploring waterfalls and pick blackberries as you cruise downstream. Cast off and part ways with modern civilization for a time and embrace the magic of the river canyon and friends around you.

Trip Highlights

  • Famous Tunnel Chute Rapid
  • Wilderness Canyon Scenery
  • Gourmet overnight trips with
    waterfall side hikes
  • Skill Level: Although the Middle Fork is more physically demanding than the South Fork, it is perfectly suited for adventurous first time rafters and experienced paddlers alike.
  • Duration: 1, 2 or 3 Day Trips, 18-25 Miles
  • Age: 14+
  • Season: May – October
  • Availability: Every day
  • Requirements: Guests must have swimming ability.

Multi-Day & Combo River Trips

South Fork – 2-Day – CLASS III

Adjust your biological clock to “river time” with an overnight trip. Your second day of rafting can take you to a new stretch of the South Fork, or to a more advanced run on the Middle or North Fork. If one day of rafting was enough, have fun in camp with our Ropes Course and Zip Line or head to the South Fork Trail for fantastic local mountain biking and hiking.

Two Day Middle Fork

Multi-day trips spend more time off river, exploring river canyons, riverside caves and picking wild blackberries. You’ll camp on an isolated beach where you can snorkel – perhaps you will spot a 5-lb rainbow trout! As you relax and evening comes, you are treated to a riverside dinner followed by a warm campfire. As the evening of star gazing and enjoying the serenity of the canyon comes to an end, falling asleep will be easy as you are lulled to sleep by the relaxing sound of the river.  Minimum age is subject to current river conditions and the ability to swim is required on all trips.

South Fork / Middle Fork 2 Day

We offer a number of combinations that are sure to satisfy your whitewater appetite. Often, people want a chance to ‘warm up’ before taking on a more difficult river – to get a feel for what it’s like to sit in the boat and experience whitewater. Do this by combining the South Fork with the Middle Fork during the summer. Combination trips give you the chance to enjoy two different rivers and have the luxury of staying at our riverside camp, complete with modern amenities!

Minimum age is subject to current river conditions and the ability to swim is required on all trips.

Available dates vary. Please call (530) 626-4187 to book this trip.

South Fork / Middle Fork / North Fork Combo – Class III/IV


South Fork American River Rafting

The West Coast's Most Popular Class III River

North Fork American River

Advanced Class IV+ Spring Rafting

Middle Fork American River

California’s Most Popular Class IV Whitewater

On-Shore Adventures

Add another exciting element to your trip with our Ropes Course and Zip Line!

Camp Life

We’ll do all the cooking so you can relax with a good book, snooze in the shade, play a game of volleyball, or just sit and watch the sun set.

Our guides will amaze you with their culinary delights, Dutch-oven-desserts and even a river sauna upon your request.

Enjoy a private campfire and gaze at the stars as the river lulls you to sleep.

Celebrate our 50th Anniversary with deep discounts on rafting & more!

Special 50th Anniversary Ropes and Rafting Events

Join us on  for a thrilling half-day of high ropes and rafting—no minimum group size required! Celebrate with us and book your adventure now!

Event Dates: June 15th, June 22, July 20th, July 27th, August 10th, August 17th