American River Whitewater Rafting
Multi-Day South Fork Rafting
21 Miles of Fun!
21 Miles of Fun!
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(530) 575-2293 | (916) 952-7816
Multi-Day South Fork American River Rafting
Get away and enjoy two epic days of whitewater rafting and a night of camping along the American River. Guests will be able to explore both sections of the beautiful South Fork and enjoy delicious meals, sleep under the stars, and wake up to the sound of the river in the morning. Perfect for a weekend getaway or as an addition to your California road trip!
Friday-Saturday & Saturday-Sunday: Adult – $300 | Under 18: $275
We can also create a multi-day trip that includes the Middle Fork if you are looking for a little extra adrenaline! Please call to setup you customized rafting adventure.
All rates are subject to county, state, and federal river access fees of $9 per person, which will be added to the invoice.
Day 1: Meet at our camp for gear fitting and orientation / Prepare at camp for ‘the gorge’ section / 4 hours / 13 miles on class III and III+ rapids / Shuttle back to camp where your site will be ready for you and enjoy a dinner created by our onsite chef.
Day 2: Local artisanal pastry breakfast provided by Sierra Rizing bakery / Shuttle to Chili Bar Dam; 3-4 hours and 11 miles of class III+ rapids / Head back to our camp at river’s bend.
- One Night of All-Inclusive Camping
- Delectable Dinner & Local Artisanal Breakfast
- Great for All Experience Levels
- Clean Restrooms & Hot Showers
- Reliable Daily Dam Releases
- Fire Pits and Picnic Tables
- Professional Guide & All Equipment
- Dinner & Artisanal Breakfast
- Tent, Sleeping Cot, Sleeping Bag
- Shuttle Service
- Taxes & Gratuities
Suggested 7 years and older
What to Expect on Your Multi-Day River Rafting Adventure
We’ll meet up at River’s Bend at 12:30 pm sharp and start by setting you up with your helmet, paddle and personal flotation device. The head guide will deliver a short safety briefing to the whole group before we assign a guide for each raft.
Once onboard your guide will conduct a quick in-water orientation and give some tips on paddling technique and rafting teamwork. Then we’ll be ready to hit the rapids!
Once we set off all boats will stay together as we head down the river starting with a fairly relaxed pace. You’ll have some time to get ready for Fowler’s Rock which is your first challenge. Don’t worry, your guide will prepare you before every rapid.
We’ll keep heading downriver and hitting a lot of fun rapids along the way in preparation for Hospital Bar. Our last big rapid is the super-fun, bonus, Surprise Rapid! Once you’ve conquered this then it’ll be smooth sailing into Lake Folsom, arriving around 4:30 pm.
Then we’ll bus you back to River’s Bend where your campsite will be prepared and waiting for you. Enjoy the hot showers, clean restrooms and potable water. Relax by the river and prepare for a delicious dinner prepared by our Chef on staff. Unwind under the stars and enjoy a nice cozy fire!
Sleep Under The Stars on the American River
The American River is rich in gold-country history, but the stars are the beauty of the river itself. Our campground is nestled in between mature California Oaks right along the banks of the river. Here you will enjoy an appetizing dinner prepared by our Chef on staff, have access to clean restrooms, hot showers and potable water. We have fire pits to unwind by to keep you warm or make some s’mores! This experience is the perfect way to get away for a peaceful weekend vacation, family trip, or just an amazing addition to any California road trip!
Get Ready for Another Day of Epic River Rafting
When you awake you will be greeted by the sound of the river flowing by. Before we set off from camp you will enjoy a local artisanal breakfast crafted by Sierra Rizing Bakery. We offer freshly baked pastries, an assortment of fruit, and hand-crafted coffee.
When it’s time, we will board a shuttle for a quick drive down scenic Highway 49, where we will pass by the Marshall Gold Discovery Historic State Park. When we arrive at put-in we will give you a safety refresher before setting off for the thrilling Chili Bar section of the South Fork!
You’ll have about ten minutes to prepare before you hit Meatgrinder! Don’t worry, your guide will prepare you before every rapid. This Class III rapid is long and exciting and will be your first challenge of the day. Next, we’ll cruise through a few smaller rapids towards the Triple Threat! We’ll keep heading down the scenic and pristine river through more Class III rapids until we get to the South Fork’s infamous Troublemaker, get ready to smash it and don’t forget to smile for the photographer!
The next part of the trip is at a more relaxed pace, cruising through Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Your guide will tell you about the history of this area as you pass the old mill and various mining trails. Plus you can even swim in the smaller rapids!
We’ll get everyone back to River’s Bend between 12:30 and 1:30 pm where we’ll have snacks and ice-cold drinks waiting for you!
Not seeing what you’re looking for? We specialize in custom trips. Give us a call today and we can create the experience of a lifetime, together. (530) 575-2293
Good to Know
Start times are based on dam releases that provide sufficient water for rafting so don’t be late! Let us know ASAP if you’re at ANY risk of being late!
Overnight camping is available at River’s Bend with hot showers and flush toilets. Self camping is $20 per person, per night. We do offer camping rentals as well, inquire for a detailed rental list. Deposit is required to rent equipment. Contact us for more information.
Let us know in advance if you’ve booked separately from your friends but want to be together. We recommend bringing additional cool weather clothing in April, May, September & October. Photographers are available on special request only.
If you want to go with a specific guide, let us know in advance and we will try our best to organize it. Youths and people under 90lbs require a different life jacket. Please let us know advance.