American River Rafting trips

California’s #1 white water rafting destination.

We offer a wide range of American River whitewater rafting trips located in Gold Country just east of Sacramento, California near Lake Tahoe.

Many of our American River whitewater rapid rafting trips are available throughout the summer with guaranteed flows from April through September. 

There are many options when it comes to white water rafting on the American River including runs on the South Fork American, Lower Middle Fork American, Middle Fork American and North Fork American. Each section of river provides a different adventure tailored to ability level, experience, and age. Our experienced guides have extensive knowledge navigating every mile of the American River, ensuring that your group experiences a fun and safe river rafting trip.

Camping is available to all our American River rafting guests in our private campground located directly on the river. Site options include tent spaces and canvas glamping tents to rent. Multi-day rafting trips include two nights of camping with their booking. Groups are welcome! Note that weekends we do fill up, so be sure to plan and book in advance. 

Class 2 American River Rafting Trips

Fun outdoor rafting trips for kids on the American River
Beginner Whitewater Rafting Trips for Non-Swimmers and Families on the American River | Ages 4+

These rafting trips are ideal for non-swimmers and ages 4+ who want some fun and exciting rapids. Overnight trips with camping and meals are available on most rivers making them a great option for youth groups looking for an outdoor experience!

Class 3 American River Rafting

Beginner / Intermediate Whitewater Rafting Trips on the American River| Ages 7+

These rafting trips are great for groups and first time rafters! The South Fork American offers lots of options from half day to overnight adventures. Combo with a day of Wine Tasting or Ropes Course

South Fork American River Rafting

Class 4 American River Rafting

Middle Fork American River Rafting with Raft California
Intermediate/Advanced Whitewater Rafting Trips on the American River  | Ages 14+

Challenging rapids and wilderness canyons. Class 4 American River Rafting trips are fun and exciting. Make it an overnight combo with the South Fork for a Class 3 warm up day 1.

American River Rafting Trips for All Ages

The South Fork American River and Middle Fork American River & Lower Middle Fork American River have the most reliable flows and longest season for whitewater rafting in California. The three forks of the American River (South Fork, Middle Fork and North Fork) are truly an exceptional resource. Trips range from Class II (for ages 4+) to Class III (ages 8+) and Class IV (ages 14+), offering something for everyone.

Whitewater rafting trips are located close to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and the San Francisco Bay Area. Escape the city into the wilderness. River rafting is one of the greatest adventures you will ever experience. 

Family Whitewater Rafting for Ages 4+ on the American River

Looking for a thrilling outdoor adventure that the whole family can enjoy? Whitewater rafting on the American River is the perfect choice. Splash through waves, navigate gentle drops, and enjoy the laughter and shared thrills as you make your way downstream. Professional guides are available to ensure your family’s safety and provide expert instruction, making it an ideal introduction to whitewater rafting for children and beginners. With its diverse sections and range of rapids, the American River offers options suitable for families with varying levels of rafting experience. Create lasting memories as you navigate the exciting rapids, bond with your loved ones, and immerse yourselves in the stunning natural beauty of California’s river landscapes.

Class IV Rapids of the Middle Fork and North Fork American River

For thrill-seeking adventurers, whitewater rafting on the North Fork and Middle Forks of the American River are experiences like no other. Located in the heart of California’s stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains, these two sections offer a challenging and adrenaline-pumping journey through its powerful rapids. Brace yourself for a wild ride as you navigate the Class IV and V rapids and prepare to paddle through intense rapids, embrace the challenge, and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

About the American River

The American River is located in Northern California, primarily flowing through the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. It is one of the major rivers in California and stretches approximately 120 miles from its headwaters in the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe, to its confluence with the Sacramento River near Sacramento. The American River basin encompasses various counties, including El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and parts of Alpine and Amador. The river is known for its scenic beauty, recreational opportunities, and significance in California’s history and water supply.

If you have any questions or would like to book about one of our whitewater rafting day trips, give us a call at the phone number above.  We look forward to helping you and your family & friends begin the first of many whitewater rafting adventures! We can’t wait to see you out on the American River!