SOUTH FORK AMERICAN RIVER

FUN FOR ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE

The South Fork is our most popular rafting trip in California because it has lots of Class I to Class III+ rapids, a long rafting season and has a perfect safety record. The South Fork flows through California’s gold rush country and has a rich history as well as tons of fun rapids. Our guided tours will give you some history of the area, let you experience the rapids plus we’ll discover other fun stuff like rocks to jump off and we’ll even give you a chance to swim in the white water.
We are lucky to have scheduled dam releases on the South Fork every day that ensures ample water flow for rafting. The daily water release from Chili Bar Dam make it possible to raft the American River spring, summer, and fall! In the morning the dam release allows us to do the “Chili Bar” and in the afternoon we can do “The Gorge” run.  If you want a bigger adventure why not do the 21-mile full river experience with a break for lunch in the middle?

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“Chili Bar” Morning Trip
Upper South Fork - 9 Miles • 9am Departure
Intermediate Level
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NEXT LEVEL RAFTING EXPERIENCES

FOR MAXIMUM WHITEWATER ACTION

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“The Tunnel Chute”
Middle Fork - 18 Miles Full Day Trip
Advanced
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Middle Fork is the next step for more advanced rafters. The highlight of this run is getting to experience the famous ‘Tunnel Chute’ class IV+ rapid, a manmade tunnel from the gold rush era. This trip is always available during the week but please call us for weekend availability.
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“The North Fork”
13 Miles Full Day Trip
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The North Fork is a free flowing river and this rafting run is only possible when there’s plenty of water which is dependent on snowmelt and rainfall. But if you get the chance, then this trip is unforgettable! We usually operate this run in Spring only and starts are limited.