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South Fork American River

1-Day South Fork American River Trips

Select from the following 1-Day Trips

Lower "Gorge" Trips

Float before Class III rapids

12 miles

Lunch included

 
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Lower "Gorge" Sample Itinerary

  • Meet mid-morning to late morning in Lotus
  • Sign-in, instruction
  • Class II warm-up rapids
  • Riverside lunch
  • Class III rapids, the "Gorge"
  • Take-out in Folsom Lake, shuttle
  • Trip ends mid-afternoon to late afternoon

On the Lower "Gorge", 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.



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.

 

$144

Sunday-Friday

$154

Saturday

Upper "Chili Bar" Trips

Class III rapids followed by a float

9 miles

Lunch included

 
South Fork American River Rafting Map
 

Upper "Chili Bar" Sample Itinerary

  • Meet mid-morning in Lotus
  • Sign-in, shuttle, instruction
  • Class III rapids
  • Riverside lunch
  • Class II rapids, take-out in early to mid-afternoon

The whitewater action on Upper "Chili Bar" starts just around the corner from put-in with Class III, 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.



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.

 

$144

Sunday-Friday

$154

Saturday

Fun time for everyone!

"I organized this rafting trip as a family and friends event to get together and shred some rapids. The tour guides were very knowledgeable about the rapids and the flow of the water. Not only did my group have a blast going down the express upper chili bar, but we are already planning on doing the next trip for next year. I would definitely recommend this rafting company to anybody wanting to have some fun in the American River."

David from Yolo

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