AT-A-GLANCE FACTS

Spring Adventure Rafting!
Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Rating: Class 4-4+
Minimum Age: 13 (may increase at high flows)
Length: 9-18 miles, ½-2 days
Season: April - June
Elevation: 1100 Ft
Price: Starting at $108 [ VIEW PRICES ]
Location: Colfax, CA
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North Fork American River Rafting

AT-A-GLANCE FACTS

Spring Adventure Rafting!
Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Rating: Class 4-4+
Minimum Age: 13 (may increase at high flows)
Length: 9-18 miles, ½-2 days
Season: April - June
Elevation: 1100 Ft
Price: Starting at $108 [ VIEW PRICES ]
Location: Colfax, CA
[ MAP & DIRECTIONS ]
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North Fork American River rafting trips are early season Class 4-4+ whitewater trips. This free-flowing spring river depends on the mountain snow pack, so the length of the season varies.

On this Chamberlain Falls run, the action starts quickly and it is an experience you will never forget. You raft down nearly continuous pool and drop rapids with unsurpassed back country scenery. Aqua colored water flows over polished granite rocks and hillsides are dotted with spring flowers. 

Previous paddling experience is recommended and competent swimming ability is required. This is particularly important at times of higher water when eddies are scarce and large holes must be negotiated. This IS NOT A NOVICE RUN! 

The North Fork American River flows through a pristine and very scenic steep walled canyon. The 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, as it freely tumbles through steep gorges in the Tahoe National Forest. It enters the Auburn State Recreation Area near Colfax and joins the Middle Fork American near Auburn.

North Fork American River rafting trips are dependent entirely on the snow pack. Things can change fast in that respect, so don’t give up. We have had Miracle March before! Check out our flow predictions or call or email for updates. The North Yuba has a longer season normally, and the  Middle Fork might be available sooner than usual. 

North Fork American River Rafting Trip Options

Only Class 4 Express Run! Previous experience preferred!

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Rating: Class 4-4+
Minimum Age: 14 years
Length: 9 miles
Time: Varies, but usually 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Price: Contact us

Lunch NOT included. Strong swimming skills required.

This North Fork American River rafting half day trip is most often available as an afternoon trip. You still get the full 9 miles, but you do not get lunch or the side hike. You blast down the whole thing …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

Spring Adventure on the American River!

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Rating: Class 4+
Minimum Age: 14 years
Length: 9 miles
Time: Varies, 8:00-10:00am meet – 3:00/5:00pm return
Price: Starting at $139

Lunch included. Strong swimming skills required.

This North Fork American River 1 day rafting trip is a challenging Class 4-4+ early season snow melt river run. As with any Class 4 run, good footwear is essential. Due to cold snow melt water and the technical nature …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

Double the Fun in 1 day!

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Rating: Class 4+
Minimum Age: 16 years
Length: 18 miles
Time: Varies, 8:00-10:00am – 3:00/5:00pm
Price: Call for Pricing

Lunch included. Strong swimming skills required.

A North Fork American River Double run in 1 day may be possible for a fit, active and experienced group. The trip will involve an early morning meeting in Weimar. We will shuttle you to the put-in launch site near …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

Adventurous Spring Overnight! Strong swimming skills required.

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Rating: Class 3-4+
Minimum Age: 13-16 years
Length: 22 miles
Time: 10:30am day 1 - 4:30/5:00pm day 2
Price: Starting at $319

4 meals and 1 night camping included.

This early season South Fork / North Fork American River Rafting trip is an ideal choice for those wanting to warm up on some Class 3 rapids, before stepping up to some exciting Class 4 action on the 2nd day. …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

Adventurous Spring Overnight! Strong swimming skills required.

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Rating: Class 4-4+
Minimum Age: 13-16 years
Length: 26 miles
Time: 8:00am day 1 - 4:30pm day 2
Price: Starting at $319

4 meals and 1 night camping included.

This early season Middle Fork / North Fork American River 2 day rafting trip is an ideal choice for those wanting to warm up on Class 3/4 rapids, before stepping up to some exciting Class 4+ action on the 2nd …[ FIND OUT MORE ]

Spring Class 4 Excitement!

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Rating: Class 4+
Minimum Age: 14 years
Length: 18 miles
Time: 9:30 am day 1 – 3:30 day 2
Price: Starting at $369

4 meals and 1 night camping included. Strong swimming skills required.

This North Yuba and American River rafting trip provides spring and early summer whitewater excitement and is one of our most popular early season Class 4 overnight trips. We combine two classic and outstanding runs starting with the “Maytag” run …[ FIND OUT MORE ]