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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
9 miles
Lunch included

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

$139 Sunday-Friday
$149 Saturday

SAMPLE ITINERARY: South Fork American 1-Day Rafting Trips

South Fork American River Rafting Map1-Day Itinerary
Upper "Chili Bar" Trips

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

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-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

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 itineraries 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 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.