1/2 Day Trips (10/11 Miles)
Morning Half Day ‘Chili Bar’
This upper stretch of the South Fork provides an action packed 10 miles of class 2/3 rapids. You'll paddle through rapids like Meat Grinder, Triple Threat, and Troublemaker Rapid – the largest class 3 rapid on the South Fork of the American River. This option is so popular, we began offering it twice, so no one misses out on the opportunity. With an option beginning at 9:00am and an option beginning at 10:30am it’s a no excuses chance to experience that ‘best day ever’ experience.
Afternoon Half Day ‘Gorge’
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. Trips begin at 1:00pm and return around 4:30pm.
Full Day Trips (13-21 Miles)
1-Day TriP (13 Miles)
The Gorge section is a classic California whitewater run that people keep coming back to paddle. A popular and scenic 13 miles of river will have you experiencing rapids such as Highway 49, 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.
‘Full Day’ (21 Miles)
Want to see the whole 21 miles in 1 day? Well this is your trip! You will conqueror rapids such as Troublemaker, Satan's Cesspool and Hospital Bar all while enjoying the fulfillment of a full day floating down the South Fork of the American. Trips meet at 8:15am and you are typically back to your cars around 4:00pm. Lunch and refreshments are provided at our riverside campground.
Multi-Day Adventures (21 Miles, Two Days, One NighT)
two day south fork Options
Can’t get enough whitewater? Experience the entire South Fork of the American River, the best way possible. Day one begins with the lower 11 miles. Wind down the day and relax around the campfire that evening at our riverside campground where meal options (dinner, breakfast, lunch the second day) can be added on, making the experience completely customizable. The second day starts off with whitewater in the morning as you raft the upper chili bar stretch down to camp.