American River Rafting trips

California’s #1 white water rafting destination.

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.

Camping is available to all our rafting guests, with 2 nights already included with our multi-day rafting adventures. Our riverfront South Fork American River campground with tent & glamping options. Groups are welcome, weekends we do fill up, so be sure to plan and book in advance. We also have some local partners to refer our guests to when our facilities are full. 

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

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. 

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!