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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 Trip
2 days on the South Fork
Lower section 1st day,Upper section 2nd day
21 miles
Lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch

$309 Monday-Thursday departures
$329 Friday, Sunday departures
$349 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
12 + 16 miles
Lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch

$329 Monday-Thursday departures
$349 Friday, Sunday departures
$369 Saturday departures


SAMPLE ITINERARY: South Fork 2-Day Trip

South Fork American River Rafting MapDAY 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.

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


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.

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.