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South Fork American River

2-Day South Fork American River Trips

Select from the following 2-Day Trips

South Fork 2-Day Trip

(Lower "Gorge" & Upper "Chili Bar")

2 days on the South Fork

Lower section 1st day, Upper section 2nd day

21 miles

Lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch

 
South Fork American River Rafting Map
 

South Fork 2-Day Trip Sample Itinerary

DAY ONE

  • 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
  • Set up camp, shower, relax
  • Dinner, campfire, dessert, revelry!
  • 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

  • Coffee, lounging
  • Breakfast, break camp
  • Shuttle to put-in, board rafts
  • 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.



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.

 

$309

Monday-Thursday

$329

Friday, Sunday

$349

Saturday

South / Middle Fork Combo

1 day on South Fork, 1 day on Middle Fork

South Fork Lower 1st day, Middle Fork 2nd day

12 + 16 miles

Lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch

(Middle Fork American River map only shown below.)

 

Middle Fork American River Rafting Map
 

South Fork / Middle Fork 2-Day Combo Sample Itinerary

DAY ONE

  • 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
  • Set up camp, shower, relax
  • Dinner, campfire, dessert, revelry!
  • Fall asleep under the stars

DAY TWO


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.



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.

 

$329

Monday-Thursday

$349

Friday, Sunday

$369

Saturday

What a great first rafting experience!!!

"Came to AO on the recommendation of a co-worker and so glad we did! Our guide was Sophie and she was absolutely amazing, entertaining, knowledgeable and demonstrated confidence that she was in control of the situation at all times!! She was great in prepping us for each Class III run so we knew what to expect and how to respond if things went south. This definitely helped alleviate any anxieties we might have had. The food was really good too!! Not what you'd expect for camping! Very impressed with the friendliness of the staff."

Joa-hana from Pasadena, CA

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