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Middle Fork American River

What to Bring on Your
Middle Fork American River Trip

What's Included

  • Professional Guide, instruction, and equipment (April through May, see Wetsuit Information for added rental cost.)
  • Delicious fresh meals
  • River shuttle by bus 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 added sun protection and/or extra layering
  • Wool or fleece sweater/jacket, waterproof jacket or wetsuit (required in early Spring, late Fall, 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 small essential items, such as raingear or medication, that you might need during the day (no towels, please). This bag is usually available only at the meeting place, during the lunch stop, and at the end of your trip.

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

Please Do NOT Bring

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

Additional Items for Overnight Wilderness Trips:

Remember to pack light since everything is carried by raft into this wilderness canyon and space is limited. Please have your camp gear ready to be packed in a water-resistant bag that we provide. Have your items contained in a heavy-duty plastic garbage bag, or a small flexible duffel bag (backpacks are generally too bulky and rigid to fit inside the water-resistant bag). Just the minimal toiletry items are needed since the camps do not have running water or electricity. Upon arrival at camp, the guides will set up the camp kitchen; plates and eating utensils are provided.

Packing List

Camp Clothes

  • One pair of pants
  • Shirt
  • Dry shorts
  • Jacket
  • Dry shoes and socks
  • Sturdy sandals

Camping Gear

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pad, ground cloth
  • Tent (optional)
  • Toiletry items (soap should be biodegradable)
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight

Optional items for downtime at camp:

  • Journal
  • Book
  • Deck of cards
  • Collapsible fishing gear in container

Camping on the Middle Fork American River

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