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Wilderness rafting trip for young kids!
Difficulty: Beginner
Rating: Class 2-2+
Minimum Age: 4 (normal summer flows)
Length: 7 miles, ½ or 1 day, combination overnight also (16.5 or 20 miles)
Season: May-September
Elevation: 750 Ft
Price: $89-$109 [ VIEW PRICES ]
Location: Auburn, CA (Between Auburn and Foresthill)
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Lower Middle Fork American River Rafting

AT-A-GLANCE FACTS

Wilderness rafting trip for young kids!
Difficulty: Beginner
Rating: Class 2-2+
Minimum Age: 4 (normal summer flows)
Length: 7 miles, ½ or 1 day, combination overnight also (16.5 or 20 miles)
Season: May-September
Elevation: 750 Ft
Price: $89-$109 [ VIEW PRICES ]
Location: Auburn, CA (Between Auburn and Foresthill)
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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.

Lower Middle Fork American River Rafting Trip Options

American River Wilderness Rafting for Young Kids!

Difficulty: Beginner
Rating: Class 2-2+
Minimum Age: 4 years
Length: 7 miles
Time: 1:30pm – 6:00/6:30pm
Price: Starting at $89

Lunch NOT influded. 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 ]

Easy spring run, wilderness canyons

Difficulty: Beginner
Rating: Class 2-2+ (some 3 at higher flows)
Minimum Age: 5+ years (higher age at high flows)
Length: 16.5 miles
Time: 8:00 am, 10:00 am or 1:30pm meet on day 1 – 4:30pm day 2
Price: Starting at $249

Includes 3 0r 4 meals and 1 night camping. Inflatable Kayaks possible lower flows.

This is a spectacular spring family rafting overnight trip, suitable for younger kids. Availability of both rivers makes it a rarely run trip, but it can be available in seasons where higher water flows occur due to a large snow …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

American River Family Combo Trip!

Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Rating: Class 2-3+
Minimum Age: 6 years
Length: 20 miles
Time: 1:30pm day 1 - 4:30/5:00pm day 2
Price: Starting at $249

3 meals and 1 night camping included. Inflatable Kayaks available day 1.

The Lower Middle Fork & South Fork American Gorge 2 day overnight combo trip is a great first time trip for younger children. Also those who may be a bit nervous about tackling Class 3 rapids, will appreciate the Class …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

Perfect Overnight for Young Kids!

Difficulty: Beginner
Rating: Class 2-2+
Minimum Age: 4 years
Length: 11 miles
Time: 1:30pm day 1 - 1:00pm day 2
Price: Contact us

3 meals and 1 night camping included. Inflatable Kayaks available day 1.

This Class 2 American River Overnight Rafting trip is one of the few trips suitable for families with youths younger than 7 years. Due to the water release on the Lower Middle Fork American River, the first day must start after lunch. …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

3 day overnight for youths from 8 years

Difficulty: Beginner
Rating: Class 2-3+
Minimum Age: 4 years for part of trip, 8 years for full 3 days
Length: 32 miles, 3 days
Time: 1:30pm Day 1 - 2:30pm Day 3
Price: starting at $399

6 meals and 2 night camping included. Inflatable Kayaks available day 1.

This Lower Middle Fork American / South Fork American River 3 day overnight raft trip is a great first time trip for children. Those who may be a bit nervous about tackling Class 3 rapids, will appreciate the Class 2 …[ FIND OUT MORE ]