Lower Middle Fork American River rafting trips offer a beautiful, wilderness setting located in the Gold Country near Sacramento. It is a great choice for the younger or more timid child, and kids as young as 4 years can safely raft at normal summer flows. It is also a great trip for families who want to bring the grand parents or less able bodied. Inflatable kayaks can be shared for some added rafting adventure for older youths and adults, so the trip can quite happily accommodate a diverse group.
The Lower Middle Fork American is more relaxed, mellower, and much less traveled rafting trip than the nearby South Fork American River. It is close to civilization, yet it is possible to feel that you are really getting away from it all. This river is a gem, though due to being less accessible, few outfitters offer this raft trip. Group sizes are usually small. The river flows through the steep, rugged and forested canyons of the Auburn State Recreation Area. There are safe beach areas for picnicking and play, and possible side hikes up creeks into shady dells with waterfalls. Very few people are seen on this raft trip, but we often see nesting ducks, deer, heron and fish jumping. Late in the season, we also stop to pick the most incredible juicy black berries.
It can be combined with additional Class 2 or 3 rafting trips on the South Fork American for overnight Family Specials.
We can also offer this run as a 1 day trip that includes a hike on the Western States trail to the impressive Ruck-A-Chucky falls. This is only available as a custom trip for more adventurous youth groups.
In years we have a larger snow pack, additional options are available when we are getting higher flows. We can then combine this run with the very scenic Lower North Fork American for a 2 day trip. See all the options below.
American River Wilderness Rafting for Young Kids!
Rating: Class 2-2+
Minimum Age: 4 years
Length: 7 miles
Time: 12:30pm – 5:00pm
Price: Starting at $89
Lunch NOT included. Inflatable Kayaks available.
The Lower Middle Fork River is a perfect first trip for young kids and ideal for families. Due to the water release on this section of the American River, we can only run the Lower Middle Fork American in the …[ FIND OUT MORE ]