Beginner

Lower Middle Fork American River

Intermediate

Upper South Fork: Chili Bar

Lower South Fork: The Gorge

Full South Fork: Chili Bar + The Gorge

Multi-Day South Fork Rafting Trip

Advanced

Middle Fork: Tunnel Chute

North Fork American River

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Featured Trips

“Chili Bar”

  • Upper South Fork
  • 11 Mile Trip Length
  • 8:30am Departure
  • Intermediate Level

“The Gorge”

  • Lower South Fork
  • 13 Mile Trip Length
  • Midday Departure
  • Intermediate Level

“The Full River”

  • Upper + Lower South Fork
  • 21 Mile Full Day Trip
  • 8:30am Departure
  • Intermediate Level

The Best California White Water Rafting Experience on the American River

The American River is the best place for whitewater rafting in the Sierra Nevada – near San Francisco and Sacramento. Why not come up and camp for the weekend? You can raft 2 days! Join us on a California whitewater rafting adventure! We offer exciting whitewater rafting tours on the south, middle and north forks of California’s famous American River. We have a range of different runs to suit all ages and experience levels. In addition we offer:

Lunch and Dinner Catering

Rafting for Large Groups (learn more)

Exciting Trips for Any Occasion!

Meet Our Guides

Why Choose Sierra Whitewater Rafting?

We are a local, family owned and operated business and have proudly been in operating in the Sierra foothills since 2008. We always put your safety first with highly trained guides, top quality equipment and full insurance. There’s nothing like the feeling of conquering the American River rapids while cruising through pristine wilderness in a raft.

Local + Family Owned

Safety is Our #1 Priority

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Places to Eat

  • Sierra Rizing Cafe
  • Old Town Pizza
  • Joe Caribes
  • And More!

Hiking Spots

  • Dave Moore Nature Area
  • Dutch Creek Falls Trailhead
  • Gerle Loop Trail
  • And More!