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Middle Fork American River

1-Day Middle Fork American River Trips

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

$159

Monday-Friday

$189

Saturday, Sunday

Sample Itinerary

  • 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.

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Epic Trip

"This was an amazing trip. We all had such a great time and memories to last us a lifetime. I'll definitely be back next year to try the next level of Rapids. Everyone we met was friendly, fun and knowledgeable. Nick our guide was excellent! Great fun for all ages."

Riss from San Jose, CA

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