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South Fork American River

What to Bring on Your
South Fork American Rafting Trip

What's Included

  • Professional Guide, instruction, and equipment (Oct-May, see Wetsuit Information for added rental cost.)
  • Delicious fresh meals (varies by itinerary)
  • River shuttle to and from the Meet Place for your trip

What to Wear

  • Swimsuit
  • Quick drying shorts to wear over swimsuit is recommended for more comfort
  • Athletic shoes that are lace-up (no slip-ons or flip flops)
  • Long-sleeve shirt and pants for additional sun protection and/or extra layering
  • Wool or fleece sweater/jacket, waterproof jacket or wetsuit (required Oct-May and in inclement weather)

What to Bring

  • Personal Medicine
  • Change of clothing for ride home
  • Waterproof sunblock, sunglasses with strap, hat, visor (optional)

While on the river, you need little other than your river attire. There is limited space available in a water-resistant bag for additional items, such as rain gear or medication, that you might need during the day (no towels, please). This bag is usually available only during the lunch stop and at camp.

NOTE: For your comfort and safety, special clothing items, including a wetsuit, are generally required Oct-May or during periods of inclement weather. If your trip takes place during a time period when wetsuits are required, see Wetsuit Information.

Do NOT Bring

Pets, expensive watch or jewelry, cell phone, or camera without water protection. Please note that storage of keys, wallets, and other valuables is the participant's responsibility.

Additional Items for Overnight Trips

On South Fork American overnight trips, we stay at campsites where your car is conveniently parked close to your site and bathrooms with hot showers, flush toilets, and electricity make your stay easy and comfortable. Therefore, you can bring as many items as you feel necessary for camping. Your river attire should be packed separately so you can change into it at the Meet Place or put-in.

Packing List

Camp clothes:

  • Pants and/or shorts
  • Shirt
  • Sweatshirt or jacket
  • Dry shoes and socks, or sturdy sandals

Camping Gear:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Ground cloth
  • Tent (optional)
  • Toiletry items
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight

Optional items for downtime at camp:

  • Journal
  • Book
  • Deck of cards


Camping on the South Fork American River

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