First timers, weekend warriors, and families alike have made the South Fork of the American River one of the most popular rivers in North America. You get just the right mix of all the things people love about California whitewater rafting – exciting rapids, beautiful scenery, interesting history and a location close to the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and Sacramento.

The South Fork American River truly does offer something for everyone. Depending on what suits your fancy, the South Fork offers half day river trips, full day river trips and even overnight river trip options. Browse through all of our South Fork rafting trips to determine which trip best fits your style of adventure.

 

Notice: Water flows in the South Fork of the American River result from releases from hydroelectric facilities located upstream. Such water releases are not subject to the control of El Dorado County or commercial rafting companies operating under permits from the County of El Dorado

Rafting Trips

Gorge Run -Class III

Cost: $119 to $169/person

Meet time: 11:30 am (Gorge) or 12:00pm (Gorge Value)
Duration: 10 miles and 4 hours of whitewater. Shuttle returns to camp at approximately 5:30
Food: A hearty lunch will be served before we put on the river. (Gorge Value excludes lunch)

The Gorge Run begins with mellow Class II rapids and builds to a thrilling crescendo of whitewater. This enables paddlers to hone their paddling skills and grow accustomed to being on the river. As the trip continues the river canyon narrows into the granite-walled ‘Gorge’ where guests will experience a series of continuous Class III rapids including Fowler’s Rock, Satan’s Cesspool , Satan’s Sister, Scissors, Elevator Shaft, Hospital Bar, and Recovery Room! Your day is finished when you reach Folsom Lake, where our shuttles will greet you with a cold beverage and a ride back to the River Center. Minimum age is 8 years old.


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Family Float Trip- Class I-II

Cost: $119 to $134/person

Meet time: 12:00 pm

Duration: 2-3 hours and 4 miles of mellow Class II whitewater.

Availability: Sundays and most weekdays

Food: Please remember to eat before you arrive. Snacks are provided on river.

Not looking for big Class III whitewater rapids but still want to enjoy being on the South Fork of the American River? Our Family Float Trip is the perfect experience for you!  This trip has class I-II rapids and offers loads of opportunities to swim, play, and take in the beauty of the river.  Recommended minimum age is 8 years old. 


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Chili Bar Run- Class III+

Price: $144 to $179/person

Meet time: 8:00 AM
Duration: 11.5 miles   We will return to the MaLode camp around 2:30 pm.
Food: Enjoy a delicious deli-style lunch while you visit the site of Gold Discovery!

Action on this stretch of river starts immediately with Class III Meatgrinder, the longest, most technical rapid on the South Fork American River. Continuing through the canyon you meet more challenging rapids such as Racehorse Bend, Triple Threat and finally the river’s most difficult rapid of all, Class III+ Troublemaker! Suddenly the river mellows as you have a relaxing float through the historic Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. During this section you can have a chance to learn to guide the raft, swim in the river or just enjoy the conversation with your raft-mates. Chili Bar is a morning trip and we are usually off the river by 2:30 pm. Minimum age is 10 years old.


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Chili Bar Express Run- Class III+

Price: $119 to $149/person

Meet time: 8:00 AM
Duration: 7.5 miles   We will return to the MaLode camp around 12:30 pm.
Food: Please remember to eat before you arrive. Snacks are provided on river.

Action on this stretch of river starts immediately with Class III Meatgrinder, the longest, most technical rapid on the South Fork American River. Continuing through the canyon you meet more challenging rapids such as Racehorse Bend, Triple Threat and finally the river’s most difficult rapid of all, Class III+ Troublemaker! Suddenly the river mellows as you have a relaxing float through the historic Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. During this section you can have a chance to learn to guide the raft, swim in the river or just enjoy the conversation with your raft-mates. Chili Bar Express is a morning trip and we are usually off the river by 12:30 pm. Minimum age is 10 years old.

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