American River Rafting trips

California’s #1 white water rafting destination.

Class 2 American River Rafting Trips

Fun outdoor rafting trips for kids on the American River
Beginner Rafting Trips for Families | Ages 4+

These rafting trips are ideal for non-swimmers 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| 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 Rafting Trips  | 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

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

Many of these white water rapid rafting trips are available with guaranteed flows from April through September. These rivers offer something for all levels of ability, experience, and age. Our guides have extensive knowledge and unmatched experience navigating every mile of the American River, ensuring that you and your family experience one of the safest river rafting adventures around.

The easiest American River rafting trips are suitable for children ages 4 and up. Intermediate rafting is perfect for most kids (ages 7-8+) and suitable for non-swimmers and first timers alike. No experience is necessary for those lower difficulty adventures. There are also whitewater rafting trips for the most experienced and for the adventurous first time rafter. Be sure to check on our weekday Family Rafting Specials  where kids raft with discounts of 50% on selected two day trips.

Pick an American River rafting trip from just a few hours or a few days. We also offer Canvas Tents for a little more glamping on the South Fork American. Facilities also include hot showers and flush toilets. We also offer wilderness style rafting trips where we take the gear on the river and pull over at secluded trip locations.

The South Fork American River and 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. Whitewater rafting trips are located close to Sacramento, California, 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. We hope you and your family join us for some memorable whitewater rafting trips on the American River. 

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. Also, before booking a day trip, please check our Resources tab at the top of the page. It will help you properly prepare for your water rafting trip along the American River. There’s also our FAQ page that will answer every question and/or concern you may have about your upcoming rafting trip. 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!