South Fork American River – Camping

Camping on the South Fork American River is available to all our 1 day American River trip rafting guests. This is also the location for camping on many of our 2 day American River rafting trips. Our 60 acre campground will sure to give your group. A cart to assist in transporting your overnight gear should be available at the top of the steps into our camp. You can set up in any available location, but please be considerate in your use of the space.

Also please be aware that there is a County Ordinance “quiet time” between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. You are welcome to talk at normal levels after this time, however, noise must be minimal after 10:00 pm.

Meeting Location: Raft California Camp, 6500 CA-49, Lotus CA 95651

  • You will be looking for the large sign from Highway 49 (also called Coloma Rd).
  • Please print your map, cell phone reception is also not always available in these rural areas.  


Google map for / Tributary Whitewater Tours South Fork American River Camp:

  • This is a group campground – there are no individual sites.
  • Solely for the use of our American River rafting clients, not open to the general public.
  • It is the meeting location for all our rafting trips on the South Fork American River.
  • Advance reservations are required.
  • Free parking.
  • Sorry, no pets allowed. See dog sitting services on our Area Information page


Rivers Bend camp on the South Fork American River - tent rentals available

Tent camping

Facilities include:

  • Free Hot Showers
  • Flush Toilets
  • Horseshoes
  • Fire-pits (seasonal due to fire danger)
  • Canvas Tent Renals

RV Camping on the South Fork American River:

Unfortunately RV hook-ups are not available, but RV’s are welcome to park in the parking area and use the resort shower and restroom facilities. Advance reservations and fees for camping are still required.

Glamping on the South Fork American River:

For those who are more into Glamping than Camping, looking for more luxury and comfort we offer 2 or 4 person Canvas Tent rentals. These are found thru out our campground situated on a wood platform. They come with cots for either 2 or 4 people, and feature beautiful views of the river. These are the perfect upgrade to an overnight trip, and a great get-a-way for those joining us on a 2 day Wine Tasting/Rafting Trip

Arriving the night before an American River rafting trip:

Most of our 2 day American River trips include camping at the camp the night before your trip (not included with Lower Middle Fork combo trips, but available). 

  • Arrive between 4:00pm-8:00pm the night before your trip
  • Camp host on site to greet you, sometimes available after 8:00pm
  • If you are scheduled on an overnight trip breakfast is included the first day of your rafting trip

South Fork American River Trips
South Fork American River Area Information