Middle Fork American River

Intermediate Class III - IV

The perfect step up into more difficult whitewater. 2018 Season: May - September. more

Difficulty & Scenery
  • Intermediate Class III-IV
  • Jolting, short, rocky rapids
  • 2000'-deep wilderness canyon

Who Should Go
  • Experienced rafters and
    adventurous beginners
  • People wanting to try Class IV
  • Usual min. age: 12

Trips Include
  • Pro guide & instruction
  • Equipment & shuttles
  • Fresh, delicious meals


Middle Fork American River

Select a Middle Fork American Trip Option

1-Day Trips start at $154

2-Day Trips start at $339

3-Day Trips - $539

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THE RAPIDS: Class II & III rapids interspersed with quick, jolting Class IV drops.

The Middle Fork's Class IV rapids are literally famous, having been featured in many motion pictures. Their cinematic reputation is well deserved–they are built of chutes and large drops that appear intimidating but are actually quite forgiving. The Middle Fork's most well known rapid is Tunnel Chute–a steep and narrow chute of frothy whitewater that crashes over a 6-foot drop and then through a 90-foot long rock tunnel!

Halfway through the trip, a calming Class II section allows paddlers time to relax and play in the clear water. The final stretch of river begins with a sharp 5-foot drop and an intricate portage of an unrunnable Class VI waterfall. We end in a long succession of exciting Class III-IV rapids.

USUAL MINIMUM AGE: 12 years old


THE RIVER SCENERY: The 2000'-deep and secluded Middle Fork canyon is worth the trip in itself.

Though you will find historic remnants of the California Gold Rush in the Middle Fork canyon, what you won't see are houses. This is a remote wilderness area. Oak and pine trees cover the canyon walls while willow and wild grapevines decorate the riverbanks. During the spring, golden poppies and purple and pink lupine dot the landscape. In the summer, juicy blackberries lie plump on the vine and their sweet scent pervades the air. Any trip through this beautiful canyon represents a significant break from everyday life in the city.

RIVER LOCATION: One hour from Sacramento, 30 minutes from Auburn

The Middle Fork is just 140 miles east of San Francisco and just 50 miles east of Sacramento. Interstate 80 is 17 miles from the All-Outdoors Middle Fork meeting place, making your commute easier and faster.

TYPICAL RAFTING SEASON: April through September

The Middle Fork is dam-controlled - in fact, we put-in right at the base of Oxbow Dam. Because the river's flows are regulated, its levels are extremely consistent seven days a week.

* Season length, river flows, and days of water releases may vary. For this year's flow predictions and real-time water levels go to the River Flows page.

MEALS: Freshly prepared riverside feasts

On 1-Day trips, our lunch begins with tortilla chips, salsa, and fresh summer fruits. Our gourmet "build-your-own" sandwich bar includes all the fixings needed to assemble the perfect sandwich to your preference. We also provide a beverage, and cookies to finish it off. Breakfast, dinner, and both lunches are provided on our multi-day trips. Our breakfasts vary from fancy continental-style fare to omelets cooked to order. At dinner you'll dine on hors d'oeuvres, tossed salad, garlic bread, baked potatoes and main dishes like grilled chicken and steak. And don't forget dessert-a freshly baked Dutch oven delight (fire season permitting)!

If you have special dietary requirements, we encourage you to tell us at the time of your reservation. We will do our very best to accommodate your needs.

GUEST INVOLVEMENT: How You Participate in Getting Down the River

All-Outdoors runs paddle-rafts on the Middle Fork. In a paddle-raft, each guest and a professional guide have a paddle and navigate the river, working as a coordinated team. Middle Fork trips are highly participatory so guests need to be ready and willing to paddle. All guests should be able to swim.

GROUP TRIPS: We Can Accommodate Groups as Large as 150 People

One of our specialties is creating fun and memorable whitewater rafting trips for small and large groups. We have the largest government permit on Middle Fork of the American, so we can usually accommodate your group on the day you want to go.

What Type of Group Trip are You Looking For?

Our reservation specialists can help you through every step of the planning process. To learn more about our group-specific discount plans and packages, visit our Group Rafting Trips page.

THE NEXT STEP: Explore Trip Options or Begin the Booking Process

To learn more about our Middle Fork American River rafting trips, explore our 1-Day, 2-Day, & 3-Day trip options. If you want to start booking your trip now, you can call our office at (800) 247-2387 during business hours or check for available space online.