Packrafting Clinic

Packrafting Fundamentals for Adventurers!

Introductory Packrafting Clinic at Mother Lode River Center


Join us for an exciting one-day packrafting clinic. Our program is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of packrafting, helping you become more familiar with the equipment and techniques. Enjoy a day of hands-on training and practical experience with  guidance in a beautiful outdoor setting. By the end of the day, you’ll have the confidence to decide if packrafting is something you want to pursue further or simply an exciting experience to check off your bucket list.

Why Choose Our Packrafting Clinic?

  • Beginner-Friendly: No need to learn how to roll like in hard-shell kayaking. Packrafting is accessible and less intimidating, making it perfect for newcomers.
  • Convenient and Portable: Packrafts are lightweight and easy to carry, ideal for travel and adventure.
  • Join the Boating Community: Already enjoyed rafting? Packrafting offers a new and exciting way to stay connected with the water sports community.
  • Enthusiastic Instructors: Our passionate guides are eager to share their love for the river and ensure you have a memorable experience.
  • River Conservation Focus: Learn about local ecosystems and conservation efforts as part of your adventure.

Clinic Highlights:

  • Duration: 1 Day (8:30 AM-4:00 PM)
  • Location: South Fork of the American River
  • Featured Equipment: New Kokopelli packrafts available for rent


Packrafting is an excellent activity for those eager to learn paddling without the commitment or bulk of hard-shell kayaking. It's lightweight, portable, and versatile, making it perfect for adventurers who want to explore waterways with ease and flexibility.

Unique Features:

  • Enthusiastic Instructors: Our passionate and knowledgeable guides are excited to share their love for the river with you.
  • Perfect for New Paddlers: This clinic is ideal for those who want to try paddling but may not be interested in hard-shell kayaking or want a lightweight, travel-friendly option.
  • River Conservation Focus: Brief educational session on local river ecosystems and conservation efforts.
  • Personalized Experience: Small group size ensures individual attention and a supportive learning environment.
  • Hands-On Learning: Practical application of skills in real river conditions.

Itinerary Overview:

  • Morning Session: Basic instruction on packrafting essentials, gear fitting, equipment overview, safety protocols, and basic whitewater techniques.
  • Lunch Break: A chance to refuel and prepare for the afternoon.
  • Afternoon Session: Practical experience on the water, with flatwater paddling practice followed by a section run to apply your new skills. The day concludes with a debrief and feedback session.

Special Introductory Offer:

Since packrafting is a new addition to our offerings, we’re excited to provide a special introductory discount! Don’t miss this opportunity to experience packrafting at a reduced rate.

Inquire for Pricing and Booking:

Ready to join us for this fun and educational day on the river? Fill out the inquiry form below, or call or email us to learn more and reserve your spot in our Introductory Packrafting Clinic!


  • Minimum Age: 18 years old (or 14+ if accompanied by an adult and pre-approved)
  • Physical Fitness: Participants must be fit, active, healthy, and a good swimmer.

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Featured Equipment: Kokopelli Packrafts

We are excited to offer new Kokopelli packrafts for rent during our clinic. These high-quality, durable packrafts are perfect for beginners and seasoned adventurers alike. Lightweight and packable, they are ideal for travel and provide an excellent paddling experience.

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