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?

NEXT LEVEL RAFTING EXPERIENCES

FOR MAXIMUM WHITEWATER ACTION

“The Tunnel Chute”
Middle Fork - 18 Miles Full Day Trip
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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.
“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.


RAFTING FOR EVERYONE!

CATERING TO BEGINNERS AND TO LARGE GROUPS

Beginners ½ Day Experience
Lower Middle Fork
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Cruise the American River and enjoy the scenery without the work on this perfect day out for all ages.
Groups
A Fun-Filled Rafting Experience!
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If you have a group then we can organize a special rafting experience for you, from scout groups to bachelor parties.
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WHY CHOOSE SIERRA WHITEWATER RAFTING?

Local + Family Owned

We are a local, family owned and operated business and have proudly been in operating in the Sierra foothills since 2008.

Safety is Our #1 Priority

Sierra Whitewater always puts your safety first with highly trained guides, top quality equipment and full insurance.

Get Close to Nature

There’s nothing like the feeling of conquering the American River rapids while cruising through pristine wilderness in a raft.

THE BEST 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.

Not only will you experience the thrill of a guided rafting adventure with plenty of rapids but you will also enjoy incredible scenery as we float through through canyons and pristine wilderness along the way. We are located in the Sierra Foothills and although we’re not far from Sacramento, it feels a million miles away from civilization. Why not come down for the weekend and make a rafting trip part of your plans? Our goal is to ensure each and every rafter has a great time every trip.

WHAT OUR RAFTERS ARE SAYING

Alex G., Sacramento, Calif.

I've been multiple times with them, and have always come away smiling and looking forward to the next trip...

Carolyn B., Walnut Creek, Calif.

My husband used to be a raft guide himself and he said that our guide (Luke) was very good from a technical perspective...

Jeridith L., Lindenhurst, New York

Derek and his team emphasized safety and fun and there wasn't a single moment where we didn't feel both safe and happy....

Christine F., Boulder City, Nevada

My kids and I had a fantastic time and would definitely choose this outfitter again...