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Beautiful Spring run for Families!
Difficulty: Beginner
Rating: Class 2-2+
Minimum Age: 6
Length: 9.5 miles, 1 day
Season: April-June
Elevation: 900 Ft
Price: Starting at $109 [ VIEW PRICES ]
Location: Auburn, California (trip starts near Colfax, Ca)
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Lower North Fork American River Rafting

AT-A-GLANCE FACTS

Beautiful Spring run for Families!
Difficulty: Beginner
Rating: Class 2-2+
Minimum Age: 6
Length: 9.5 miles, 1 day
Season: April-June
Elevation: 900 Ft
Price: Starting at $109 [ VIEW PRICES ]
Location: Auburn, California (trip starts near Colfax, Ca)
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This trip is typically a “back up” trip when the Lower Middle Fork American River is also not available. Please contact us if you are interested in this trip.

Lower North Fork American River rafting provides a great semi-wilderness spring run, with mostly easier Class 2-2+ rapids. There are some rapids that are more like Class 3 when flows are up, so not just an easy float. This trip is a great alternative to the Class 3 South Fork American River when a big snow pack results in higher water flows, making that river unsuitable for many youths. 

It is also a wonderful run for secluded rafting. With the addition of inflatable kayaks, it can be more exciting too. Flowing freely from the Sierra Nevada Mountains during the snow melt, this trip on the lower section of the North Fork American River twists and turns thru an intimate canyon. The banks are lined with oaks, alders and pines and at times, colorful wildflowers like the California poppy and lupine are breathtaking. After the first 4 miles, the only things that otherwise that might be seen are deer, or the occasional gold miner. There are possible side hikes including a hike to the impressive 40′ Codfish Creek Falls.  The rafting trip ends at Lake Clementine for a quick drive back to Auburn.

The North Fork American River starts its journey west from the headwaters in the Granite Chief Wilderness between the ski areas of Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley. For most of its length it is protected by federal Wild and Scenic status, and the river freely tumbles through steep gorges on the Tahoe National Forest into the defacto wilderness of the Auburn State Recreation Area.

Lower North Fork American River Rafting Trip Options

Easier spring trip, semi wilderness!

Difficulty: Beginner
Rating: Class 2-2+
Minimum Age: 6 years
Length: 9.5 miles
Time: varies
Price: Starting at $109

Includes lunch. Inflatable Kayaks maybe available at lower flows.

This trip is typically a “back up” trip when the Lower Middle Fork American River is also not available. Please contact us if you are interested in this trip. This Lower North Fork American 1 day rafting trip is a very scenic …[ 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: 12:30pm 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 trip is typically a “back up” for the Lower Middle Fork / South Fork American River is also not available. Please contact us if you are interested in this trip. This is a spectacular spring family rafting overnight trip, suitable for …[ FIND OUT MORE ]