Rafting in the Gold Country

California whitewater rafting in the Gold Country is available April-September and provides some of the best whitewater in the USA. The Gold Country (aka Mother Lode country) is located on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and it straddles the Highway 49 corridor. Take a great scenic drive from Yosemite north along Highway 49 through the historic Gold Rush towns of Placerville, Coloma, Auburn, Nevada City and Downieville.

Gold Country rafting trips include the three forks of the American River and the North Fork Yuba River.  See below for summary and links to the different rivers. These rivers provide something for everyone, from mild to wild. Raft trips can be found that are suitable for kids from 4 years to some of the toughest whitewater in California.

Planning a rafting trip in the Gold Country:

Whitewater rafting trips in the Gold Country can be combined with other many other activities to make a great get away for many occasions. Come join us for a 1/2 day or spend 3 or more days camping and rafting with all meals provided. We will even set your tent up for you. The area information page for each of the rivers provides links to visitor information for accommodations, camping, wineries, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, restaurants and other places of interest.

Consider a Gold Country rafting trip for the following:

  • A romantic weekend for a couple, with a stay in a Victorian bed & breakfast inn, wine tasting and plentiful restaurants with world class cuisine.
  • A family vacation with camping and additional activities for kids including caving and biking. Also many historic Gold Rush sites.
  • Active singles seeking some real adventure rafting, with other activities like mountain biking and hiking.
  • A quick get away from the city.

Popular areas for rafting in the Gold Country:

  • Folsom
  • Placerville
  • Coloma
  • Lotus
  • Sacramento
  • Auburn
  • Colfax
  • Nevada City
  • Grass Valley
  • Downieville
  • Sierra City

River Rafting Trips in the Gold Country

South Fork American River Rafting

Rafting for all ages!!
April-September
Beginner to Intermediate
$89 and up
Rafting the Staircase Rapid on the North Fork American River

North Fork American River Rafting

Spring Adventure Rafting!
April - June
Intermediate to Advanced
Starting at $108

Lower North Fork American River Rafting

Beautiful Spring run for Families!
April-June
Beginner
Starting at $109
North Fork Yuba River - Maytag Rapid - Class 5

North Fork Yuba River Rafting

Best Spring Rafting!
April - July depending on snow pack
Intermediate to Advanced
Starting at $138
Middle Fork American River Rafting, Tunnel Chute Rapid

Middle Fork American River Rafting

Summer Adrenaline Rush!
May-September
Adventurous Beginner to Intermediate
Starting at $139

Lower Middle Fork American River Rafting

Wilderness rafting trip for young kids!
May-September
Beginner
$89-$119