American River

North Fork
Experienced rafters will love the class 4+ rapids that run through the steep rocky canyon of the North Fork of the American River.
Middle Fork
Steep drops and powerful hydraulics offer challenging whitewater thrills suitable for ages 15 and older. Incredible blue green rocks and clear turqoise water make this a magical and secluded place to detach from civilization. One day trips are available only in April and May and depend on the natural flow from snowmelt.

The Middle Fork of the American is a very popular class 3-4 whitewater trip suitable for experienced boaters or athletic beginners. Float through a richly forested canyon with many waterfalls and cascades pouring in during the spring runoff. 1, 2 or 3 day trips run April through October for rafter ages 12 and up. Calm sections offer opportunities for swimming.
South Fork
One of the most popular whitewater trips in the country, the South Fork of the American has over 50 fun but not intimidating class 2-3 rapids. 1 and 2 day trips are offered April through October, through the rolling hillsides of the Sierra Nevadas. Float through the reamains of an old Gold Mining Town and take a swim in the river! Trips available for ages 8 and up.
River Information
  • South Fork of the American - Private boaters are required to display free permit tags. Tags available at Coloma State Park, Camp Lotus, and Chili Bar put-ins.
  • North Fork or Middle Fork of the American no private party permit required for day trips. If planning to camp on the North Fork or Middle Fork of the American permits are available at the Auburn SRA Ranger Station.
Shuttles - American South Fork
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Adventure Connection, Inc.
Lotus, CA
One, two and three day trips "perfect for kids 7 to 75!" Earned Sunset Magazines "Ten Best River Trips In The West" award two years running.
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O.A.R.S. - California
Angels Camp, CA * Lotus, CA
California (Angels Camp): California whitewater rafting since 1969 - Based in the Sierra Foothills, O.A.R.S. offers a variety of 1-day and multi-day white water rafting options. This includes Tuolumne River rafting and Merced River rafting near Yosemite National Park, rafting on the North Fork of the Stanislaus River near Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Klamath River Rafting in Northern California not far from Mount Shasta.

California (Coloma): American River whitewater rafting since 1969--Based out of Lotus on the South Fork of the American River, O.A.R.S. offers American River white water rafting near Sacramento & Lake Tahoe. Trip options include 1-day and multi-day rafting adventures from easy to extreme on the South Fork American, Middle Fork American and the North Fork of the American River in northern California.
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American River Recreation
Lotus, CA
Offering high quality whitewater river adventures on California's best rivers. 1/4 day floats to 4-day trips with all meals, shuttles and expert river guides. Over 34 years experence we trips suited for everyone from mild to wild.
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