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2-Day Trips on the South Fork American River

Beginner-Intermediate Class III+

Select from the following 2-Day Trips:
We offer two different options:
South Fork 2-Day "Car Access" Camp Trips
2 days on the South Fork
Lower section 1st day,Upper section 2nd day
30 hours, 21 miles
Lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch

$299 Monday-Thursday departures
$319 Friday, Sunday departures
$339 Saturday departures
South / Middle Fork 2-Day Combo
1 day on South Fork, 1 day on Middle Fork
Lower South Fk. 1st day, Middle Fk 2nd day
33 hours, 12 + 16 miles
Lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch

$319 Monday-Thursday departures
$339 Friday, Sunday departures
$359 Saturday departures


TRIP ITINERARY: South Fork 2-Day "Car Access" Camp Trip

South Fork American River Rafting MapDAY ONE
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
Hour Eight: Set up camp, shower
Hour Nine: Relax, hors d'oeuvres
Hour Ten: Dinner
Hour Eleven - Twelve: Campfire,
dessert, revelry!
Hour ?: Fall asleep under the stars

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. At night you’ll relax camping at Camp Lotus along the South Fork of the American River and enjoy a freshly prepared meal.

DAY TWO
Hour One: Coffee, lounging
Hour Two: Breakfast
Hour Three: Break camp
Hour Four: Bus ride to put-in, board rafts
Hour Five-Six: Class III Rapids
Hour Seven: Riverside lunch
Hour Eight: 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.

NOTE: The itinerary is sometimes run in reverse order (first day on the Chili Bar, second day on the Gorge).

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

TRIP ITINERARY: South Fork / Middle Fork 2-Day Combo

DAY ONE
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
Hour Eight: Set up camp, shower
Hour Nine: Relax, hors d'oeuvres
Hour Ten: Dinner
Hour Eleven - Twelve: Campfire, dessert, revelry!
Hour ?: Fall asleep under the stars

DAY TWO
Hour One: Quick breakfast, break camp
Hour Two: Self-shuttle to Middle Fork American
Hour Three: Bus ride to put-in, board rafts
Hour Four-Five: Class III-IV rapids
Hour Six: Snack, Class II rapids
Hour Seven: Riverside lunch
Hour Eight: Class II rapids
Hour Nine: Class IV Chunder Rapid, Portage Ruck-a-Chucky
Hour Ten: Class III-IV rapids
Hour Eleven: Bus ride back to vehicles

The first day you'll play on the South Fork American River, the next you'll challenge yourself on the Middle Fork American. Zipping through the rapids of the Lower "Gorge" section of the South Fork, you'll get a long taste of Class III whitewater. At night you’ll relax camping at Camp Lotus along the South Fork of the American River and enjoy a freshly prepared meal. Breakfast the next morning is a healthy quick meal. Then it's off to the Class IV whitewater of the Middle Fork American (driving your own car to the Middle Fork means you can save yourself an hour-long drive back to the South Fork at the end of day two). You'll crash through intense rapids, testing your newfound skills. At your trip's end, you'll feel the exhilaration at having challenged yourself for two days and 25 river miles--and prevailed.

NOTE: The first day of the Combo trip is sometimes run on the Chili Bar section of the South Fork.

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

THE NEXT STEP: Plan your Trip

You may want to check out our Express and 1-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.