1-Day South Fork American River Trips

Beginner-Intermediate Class III+

Select from the following 1-Day Trips:
Upper "Chili Bar" Trips:
Class III rapids followed by a float
5 hours, 9 miles
Lunch included

$139 Sunday-Friday
$149 Saturday
Lower "Gorge" Trips:
Float before Class III rapids
7 hours, 12 miles
Lunch included

$139 Sunday-Friday
$149 Saturday

TRIP ITINERARY: South Fork American 1-Day Rafting Trips

South Fork American River Rafting Map

1-Day Itinerary
Upper "Chili Bar" Trips >>

Meet: Mid-to late morning, Lotus
Hour One: Sign-in, bus ride, instruction
Hour Two-Three: Class III rapids
Hour Four: Riverside lunch
Hour Five: Class II rapids, take-out in Lotus

Just around the corner from put-in, the Class III whitewater begins with Meatgrinder Rapid. The Class III whitewater keeps coming at a fast pace until we reach our last Class III rapid of the day--Troublemaker. After Troublemaker, we break for lunch in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park. Having filled our bellies, we raft the final three miles through an easier Class II section to our take-out in Lotus.

1-Day Itinerary
Lower "Gorge" Trips >>

Meet: Mid-to late morning, Lotus
Hour One: Sign-in, instruction
Hour Two: Class II warm-up rapids
Hour Three: Riverside lunch
Hour Four-Six: Class III rapids,
the "Gorge"
Hour Seven: Take-out in Folsom Lake, bus ride

Your trip begins with easy Class II rapids, the perfect warm-up for the Class III whitewater that waits downstream. Before we get to the big stuff, we break for a delicious riverside lunch. After lunch, we're back in the rafts, paddling the Class III whitewater of the "Gorge". Our Class III challenge begins with Fowler's Rock Rapid and culminates with rapids like Hospital Bar and Recovery Room. Any trip through the rapid-filled "Gorge" is an eventful one! Reaching Folsom Lake in the late afternoon, we float to our take-out.

During periods of high-flows, the itineraries above may be altered.

THE NEXT STEP: Plan your Trip

You may want to check out our Express and 2-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.