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The South Fork American River is the ideal outdoor whitewater rafting adventure for families. Enjoy the fun and excitement of whitewater rafting with your kids in the outdoors while creating wonderful memories of time spent together on the river. Your kids will develop an appreciation for the great outdoors, get to know the wonders of nature, and have a terrific fun time. Our whitewater rafting guides are enthusiastic, safety conscious, and looking forward to introducing your family to the thrills of whitewater rafting. We’ll take good care of you and your kids on these special family fun trips.

Families can also enjoy the Class III and Class IV Middle Fork Rafting Combo at the special Family Midweek price. This trip is a great experience for those families with children who are 12 years of age or older.

Only American Whitewater’s campground is able to offer your children such fun-filled activities as fishing in a trout-stocked pond, swimming in the pool, and playing volleyball and horseshoes. Plus, Troublemaker Rapid, where you can watch dozens of rafters paddle their way down the biggest rapid on the South Fork, is just a 2 minute walk from our campground. Spend an afternoon exploring James Marshall Gold Discovery State Park which is only a 5 minute walk. There is no fee to enter the park if you walk. Learn all about the History of the Gold Rush with an afternoon spent in this historic area.

Family Fun Midweek Special

Midweek river trips offer an opportunity to experience rafting at a slower, more relaxed pace, with fewer people on the water, the same great food, and all at a lower price. You can even stay an extra day at our South Fork campsite ($10 per person per day and $20 per person on Friday and Saturday) while you see the sights in the heart of the Gold Rush country including quality restaurants in Placerville and Auburn, parks and antique stores.

Combine your rafting adventure with a visit to Sacramento, Tahoe or San Francisco, or enjoy the local sights and history just minutes from our camp. You’ll want to book your midweek trip early. Try a weekday escape this season and find out for yourself why midweek trips are so enjoyable. It can become a habit!

Adults paying full fare can take ONE CHILD PER ADULT for half that rate and additional children at a special reduced price. Prices are per person.

4-person tent rentals (set up before you arrive) are free! Save $16 on one-day trips and $25 on two-day trips!

You’ll really appreciate the slower midweek pace and the special attention you’ll receive.

1 & 2 DAY FAMILY FUN MIDWEEK SPECIALS – SOUTH FORK AMERICAN RIVER

 

Family Midweek Specials One Day South Fork Lower Gorge Two Day South Fork Lower Gorge & Chili Bar Run One Day South Fork Whole River Trip Two Day South & Middle Fork Combo
(Ages 12+)
Adult price: $125 $269 $145 $289
Special Youth,
6-16, price:
$62.50 $134.50 $72.50 $199
Additional Youth price: $95.50 $217.50 $115 $234

An 8% Government Land & River Use Fee is added to all trip prices. No other discounts or specials apply.

This Family Special cannot be booked online. Call now to book at 1-800-825-3205 – Spaces Fill Fast

AGE REQUIREMENTS:

  • South Fork trips: Minimum age is 6 years.
  • Middle Fork trips: Minimum age is 12 years.
  • Youth Prices are for ages 6 – 16.

THESE FAMILY FUN SPECIAL TRIPS ARE AVAILABLE AS FOLLOWS:

One Day
Lower Gorge Run
Two Day South Fork Lower
Gorge and South Fork
Chili Bar Run
One Day South
Fork Whole
River Trip
Two Day South Fork
& Middle Fork
Combo
Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday, Friday
Monday & Tuesday,
Thursday & Friday
Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday, Friday
Monday & Tuesday,
Tuesday & Wednesday,
Thursday & Friday
Where: Coloma to Salmon Falls
15 miles
Class: III
Where: Chili Bar to Salmon Falls
21 miles over two days
Class: III
Where: Chili Bar to Salmon Falls
21 miles
Class: III
Where: Chili Bar to Coloma or Coloma to Salmon Falls and Oxbow Bend to Greenwood Bridge
24 or 33 miles
Class: III & IV
#01 Day Trip – Lower Gorge Trip

The longest Lower Gorge Run on the South Fork and our most popular one day rafting trip. Spend a relaxing day filled with moments of excitement paddling through fun rapids. Perfect for first timers, families with young children and groups looking for a fun day out.

WHERE: Coloma to Salmon Falls
LENGTH: 15 miles
Class: III
DEPARTS: 10:00 AM every day except No-Water Tuesday and Wednesday
MEALS: River Lunch Included
CAMPING: Camping the night before your trip is FREE
Minimum Age: 6 years. Youth prices ages 6 to 16

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Camp the night prior to your trip for free or arrive the morning of your trip by 9:30 AM. We’ll meet at our deluxe campground and, following a safety talk, you’ll get on the water and you’ll be on your way for a day of fun on the exciting South Fork American River’s “Lower Gorge Run”. Your trip begins just below Troublemaker Rapid and you’ll raft past James Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, where gold was discovered in 1848!

The first few rapids you’ll encounter on the lower stretch are small but spirited and will allow you to practice your new paddling skills. Then a huge deli-style lunch to match those big, outdoor appetites will be set out for you by the side of the river. After lunch, we’re off to challenge “The Gorge” and experience the excitement of outstanding rapids such as Fowlers Rock, Satan’s Cesspool and Hospital Bar. Just before you hit Folsom Lake our own Honda Jet Ski will meet you for the tow to the take-out at Salmon Falls – this way you avoid a 2 mile paddle out with a headwind. Cold beverages will be provided at the end of your trip, and we will shuttle you back to camp between 4:00 & 5:00 PM depending on river flows.

Additional night’s camping and meals are available. Please call 1-800-825-3205 or email us for details.

Important Trip Details

The South Fork Lower Gorge rafting trip is offered every day of the week, except Wednesdays, departing from our River Camp in Coloma. Click for Directions.

This trip leaves our River Camp at 10:00 AM so it’s imperative that you arrive by 9:30 AM at the latest. We also offer a Lower Gorge Express trip for those that can only start their raft trip in the afternoon.

Get ready for your South Fork rafting adventure! Check out our Equipment List for items you will need for your trip as well as maps and directions to our River Camp.

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#02 DAY TRIP – SOUTH FORK WHOLE RIVER TRIP

Are you looking for a super full day of whitewater rafting on a river that’s just packed with fun, excitement, and thrills? Then this is the trip for you! You’ll raft the entire 21 mile length of the South Fork Chili Bar and the Lower Gorge Sections in a wet and wild one day trip.

WHERE: Chili Bar to Salmon Falls
LENGTH: 21 miles
Class: III
DEPARTS: 9:00 AM every day except No-Water Tuesday and Wednesday
MEALS: River Lunch Included
CAMPING: Camping the night before your trip is FREE
Minimum Age: 6 years. Youth prices ages 6 to 16

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Camp the night prior to your South Fork rafting trip for free at our deluxe campground or arrive the morning of your trip by 8:30 AM. Our shuttle will drive you to the top of the South Fork at the Chili Bar put-in. After a last minute restrooms break, get geared up and after a detailed safety talk, you’re off on the water. The fun starts right off the bat. Paddle your way through rapids such as Meat Grinder, Triple Threat, and the famous Troublemaker. Halfway down you’ll take a break for a yummy and hearty lunch served riverside. Then you’ll head downstream to the Gorge, a canyon filled with rapids such as Fowlers Rock, Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing Rock, and Hospital Bar. After the last rapid our Honda Jet Ski will tow the rafts across Folsom Lake to the take-out at Salmon Falls. Ice-cold beverages will be provided and our shuttle will take you back to the deluxe campground between 4:30 and 5:30 PM.

Important Trip Details

The South Fork Whole River rafting trip is offered every day of the week, except Tuesday and Wednesdays, departing from our River Camp in Coloma. Click for Directions.

This South Fork rafting trip leaves our River Camp at 9:00 AM so it’s imperative that you arrive by 8:30 AM at the latest. You can also choose to camp with us for Free the night before. Additional nights camping and meals are available before or after your trip. Please call 1-800-825-3205 or email us for details.

Get ready for a fun filled day rafting the South Fork of the American River! Check out our Equipment List for items you will need for your rafting trip as well as maps and directions to our River Camp.

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#03 Two Day South Fork – Lower Gorge + Chili Bar

Join us for two days of fun, sun, and whitewater on the South Fork of the American River, one of the most popular whitewater rafting trips in the world! A perfect way to relax, unwind and enjoy time with family and friends.

WHERE: Day 1 – Coloma to Folsom Lake
Day 2 – Chili Bar to Coloma
LENGTH: 21 miles
Class: III
DEPARTS: 10:00 AM every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
MEALS: 5 meals included
CAMPING: 2 nights camping FREE
Minimum Age: 6 years. Youth prices ages 6 to 16

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Arrive the day before your two day rafting trip at our deluxe campground, complete with indoor restrooms and free hot showers, swimming pool, volleyball court, and more, situated just above Troublemaker Rapid on the South Fork. Your two day South Fork American River rafting adventure begins the morning of your rafting trip with a hearty breakfast then, after an informative safety talk, you’re off to the river for a day of fun, laughter, excitement, and lots of exhilarating whitewater.

The first few rapids you’ll encounter on the lower stretch are small but spirited and will allow you to practice your new paddling skills. Then a huge deli-style lunch to match those big, outdoor appetites will be set out for you by the side of the river. After lunch, we’re off to challenge “The Gorge” and experience the excitement of outstanding rapids such as Satan’s Cesspool and Hospital Bar. Just before you hit Folsom Lake our own Honda Jet Ski will meet you for the tow to the take-out at Salmon Falls – this way you avoid a 2 mile paddle out with a headwind.

At the end of the day’s rafting, cold beverages and transportation back to camp await you. At camp you can enjoy some tasty hors d’oeuvres, a hot shower or free time until we serve a delicious, healthy dinner with dessert that will satisfy the heartiest appetite.

On the second day of your South Fork rafting adventure following another delicious breakfast, the thrills start swiftly on the upper stretch with more outstanding whitewater including rapids such as Meat Grinder, Triple Threat and Troublemaker. A tasty lunch back at camp completes your unforgettable two day South Fork rafting trip. You’ll leave with memories of the beautiful scenery, feeling fully relaxed and invigorated, quality time spent with family and friends wanting to come back again.

Important Trip Details

This Two Day South Fork rafting adventure is offered on Thursday/Friday, Friday/Saturday, Saturday/Sunday, and Sunday/Monday. Departing from our River Camp in Coloma. Click for Directions.

This rafting trip leaves our River Camp at 10:00 AM so if you are not camping with us the night before then it’s imperative that you arrive by 9:30 AM at the latest.

Get ready for some South Fork rafting action! Check out our Equipment List for items you will need for your river trip as well as maps and directions to our River Camp.

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#04 Two Day Combo – South Fork Lower Gorge + Middle Fork

Our most popular two day trip! Warm up on the fun rapids of the South Fork and then head to the Middle Fork for an even more intense run surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

WHERE: Day 1 – Coloma to Salmon Falls on the South Fork
Day 2 – Oxbow Bend to Greenwood Bridge on the Middle Fork
LENGTH: 33 miles (15 miles on the South Fork and 18 miles on the Middle Fork)
Class: III & IV
DEPARTS: Daily except No-Water Tuesday and Wednesday
MEALS: 5 meals included
CAMPING: 2 nights camping is Free
Minimum Age: 12 and older. Youth prices ages 12 to 16

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Arrive the day before your rafting trip at our deluxe river campground, complete with indoor restrooms and free hot showers, swimming pool, volleyball court, and more, situated just above Troublemaker Rapid on the South Fork. Your two day South and Middle Fork American river adventure begins the morning of your trip with a hearty breakfast then, after an informative safety talk, you’re off to the American River for a day of fun, laughter, excitement, and lots of exhilarating whitewater.

The first few rapids you’ll encounter on the lower stretch are small but spirited and will allow you to practice your new paddling skills. Then a huge deli-style lunch to match those big, outdoor appetites will be set out for you by the side of the river. After lunch, we’re off to challenge “The Gorge” and experience the excitement of outstanding rapids such as Satan’s Cesspool and Hospital Bar. Just before you hit Folsom Lake our own Honda Jet Ski will meet you for the tow to the take-out at Salmon Falls – this way you avoid a 2 mile paddle out with a headwind.

At the end of the day’s rafting, cold beverages and transportation back to camp await you. At camp you can enjoy some tasty hors d’oeuvres, a hot shower or free time until we serve a delicious healthy dinner with dessert that will satisfy the heartiest appetite.

On the second day of your adventure enjoy a delicious continental breakfast before heading off on your Middle Fork rafting trip for a day of thrills, challenges, and excitement as well as a true wilderness experience. This beautiful river, flowing through rich gold-bearing country, has impressive rapids, including the ultimate in “Big Drops” at the Tunnel Chute Rapid. Here the river descends 80 feet through a very narrow chute. Then you’ll suddenly find yourself underground for 90 feet traveling through a tunnel blasted by the gold miners long ago.

Covering 18 river miles, you’ll experience one long, thrilling day on the river on this adventurous trip. We provide you with a hearty deli lunch along the river and ice-cold beverages at the end of your trip.

There are limited spaces available on the Middle Fork. Weekends fill up fast so book soon!

Important Trip Details

The two day rafting adventure is offered Monday & Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, Friday & Saturday, Saturday & Sunday, or Sunday & Monday. This trip leaves our River Camp at 10:00 AM so it’s imperative that you arrive by 9:30 AM at the latest if you’re not camping with us the night before.

Additional night’s camping and meals are available. Please call us 1-800-825-3205 or contact us for details.

Get ready for some Middle Fork rafting action! Check out our Equipment List for items you will need for your trip as well as maps and directions to our River Camp.

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