Half Day Rafting Trips (10/11 Miles, Class 2-3)

Morning 1/2 day-Chili Bar

Wake up to whitewater with our morning half day on the 'Chili Bar' section of the South Fork of the American River. This morning stretch of the South Fork provides an action packed 10 mile stretch of Class II and III rapids. You'll paddle through rapids like Meat Grinder, Triple Threat, and Troublemaker Rapid – the biggest Class 3 rapid on the South Fork of the American. This trip meets at 9:00am and has you off the river in time to enjoy lunch in the historic area of gold discovery.


The Gorge section is a classic California whitewater run that people keep coming back to paddle. One of our most popular trips, the Lower South Fork of the American River 1/2-day begins on a relaxing stretch of Class II white water rapids right at our base camp in Rivers Bend Resort, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, and leads up to a legendary stretch of white water known as "the Gorge." You will navigate through the American River canyon as the Sierra foothills narrows and leads into a stretch of class III white water rapids, including Bouncing Rock, Hospital Bar, and the legendary Satan's Cesspool. This trip is an affordable way to enjoy one of the most popular white water rafting runs in the country in a condensed time frame. This Stretch is offered as an afternoon trip, meeting at 12:30pm.

1-Day Gorge Sections (13 Miles, Class 2-3)

A popular and scenic 13 miles of river will have you experiencing rapids such as Highway 49 (only 50 yards downstream from camp after lunch) Satan’s Cespool, and Hospital Bar.  Lunch is included at our private riverside campground, and from there is all downstream to the final destination at the tail end of Folsom Lake. This trip meets at 10:15am and has you back to your cars around 4:30pm.


Full River Rafting Trip (21 Miles, Class 2-3)

Want to see what the whole 21 miles is like in 1 day? Well this is your trip!  You will conqueror rapids such as Troublemaker, Satins Cesspool and Hospital Bar all while enjoying the fulfillment of a full day floating down the South Fork of the American.  Lunch is provided at our private riverside camp at Rivers Bend Resort.  Meet time is at 8:15am and you are typically returned to your vehicles around 4:30pm. In our opinion, this trip is best at flows over 3,000 CFS (typically during March-June).

2-Day Rafting Trip with Camping

Every one needs more whitewater in their life, so stay the night and get more the next day. H2O Adventures offers an overnight trip where you get 2 days of rafting on the South Fork with dinner cooked in between. Can you say awesome? We think so too. Day one follows the “Gorge” section itinerary, then dinner and breakfast at camp, followed by "Chili Bar" section on day 2. Clean restrooms, hot water showers, great food and campfires await your overnight camping adventure at Rivers Bend.

Call to discuss options for multi day south fork of the american river trips at: 530.277.3433