Middle Fork American River Rafting > 1 Day Trips

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1-Day Trips

Intermediate Class III - IV

Long day of rafting through a scenic 2000 foot-deep remote wilderness canyon.
Class III-IV morning, Class II mid-day, Class III-IV afternoon
16 miles
Lunch included

$149 Monday-Friday
$179 Saturday, Sunday

SAMPLE ITINERARY: Middle Fork 1-Day Rafting Trips

Middle Fork American River Map


  • Meet in early morning in Foresthill
  • Sign-in, shuttle, instruction
  • Class III-IV rapids
  • Snack, Class II rapids
  • Riverside lunch
  • Class II rapids
  • Class IV Chunder Rapid, portage Ruck-a-Chucky
  • Class III-IV rapids
  • Take-out, shuttle
  • Trip ends late afternoon

The river begins immediately with boisterous Class III Panic Alley Rapid. For the next two miles, you'll encounter rapid after rapid until we reach Class IV Tunnel Chute Rapid--a frothing 80-foot chute which ends with a six-foot drop just before it empties into a 90-foot tunnel! But the river has just begun. Not until six miles downstream from put-in does the whitewater begin to mellow after the tumultuous Class IV Kanaka Rapid. At this point you'll have time to relax as we float through a calming Class II section. You'll stop to have a freshly prepared deli lunch along the way.

After lunch, you'll encounter more easy water before getting to Class IV Chunder Rapid--a five-foot drop that will make you gasp. Immediately after Chunder, you'll watch your guides portage the boats around a Class VI 30-foot waterfall called Ruck-a-Chucky. Then it's back in the boats for a swift succession of five burly Class III-IV rapids before we reach our take-out.

The itinerary above may be altered due to a range of variables, including river flow levels, water release schedules, time of year, and other factors. Contact us if you have any questions.

THE NEXT STEP: Plan Your Trip

You may want to check out our 2-Day and 3-Day trip options if you have not done so already. If you have made your decision you can start planning your trip by visiting the " Plan Your Trip " page where we make it easy for you to check availability and make a reservation. You can also contact us during our business hours by calling (800) 247-2387.