We offer many white water rafting trips located in the Gold Country. Trips are most popular & more available April-September, but trips are available year round. The Gold Country provides some of the best whitewater in the US. The Gold Country (aka Mother Lode country) is located on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada foothill. Historic Highway 49 meanders through the historic Gold Rush towns of Placerville, Coloma, Auburn, Nevada City & Downieville, just to name a few.

Kids ages 4+ are welcome to participate in a rafting trip. There are several levels of whitewater excitement to be had and we offer all options from mellow to extreme. Class 2, 3, 4 & 5 rapids are suitable for certain ages & abilities.

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.

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.

RIVER RAFTING ON THE South Fork American River

Dates: April
- October

The South Fork of the American River is located in Northern California, only 30 minutes from Sacramento. It is one of the major tributaries of the American River and flows through the Sierra Nevada mountain range before spilling into Folsom Reservoir.

The South Fork is known for its scenic beauty and is a popular destination for outdoor recreation, including white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and camping. The river passes through areas in El Dorado County, providing access to the diverse landscapes of the Sierra Nevada region.

Join us for a California classic – American River rafting!

  • Three sections of South Fork American River rafting to choose from with six diverse white water trip experiences
  • Several specialty rafting trip options including winetasting, ropes course, a live band, a creative workshop and a yoga retreat.
  • Take 50% off kids on mid-week whitewater rafting trips. (Mondays through Thursdays.) Learn more. 
  • South Fork American River rafting trips include the popular Gorge Run and Chili Bar sections
  • Variety levels to choose from – Class II to Class III+
  • Rafting for kids as young as 4 and  accommodations for guests of varying abilities and needs
  • Long season – provides great rafting and white water the entire summer and through Labor Day weekend
  • Camping is available before or after any South Fork American River rafting trip at our private campground

RIVER RAFTING ON THE Middle Fork American River

Dates: June
- September

The Middle Fork is one of the main tributaries of the American River located in Northern California.  The proximity of the American River to Sacramento and San Francisco makes the Middle Fork American River accessible for day trips or weekend getaways.

Middle Fork American River rafting trips are fed all summer long by snow melt captured in upstream reservoirs.

  • Fast paced, fun and challenging Class IV rapids – experience Middle Fork American River rafting
  • Renowned “Tunnel Chute,” a man-made marvel from the Gold Rush Era with a 90-foot rock tunnel and a 6-foot drop
  • Ability to camp at our private campground right on the river
  • Raft the Wild & Scenic River section

RIVER RAFTING ON THE Lower Middle Fork American River

Dates: April
- September

The Lower Middle Fork of the American River is a picturesque and ecologically significant waterway located in Northern California. Flowing through the Sierra Nevada foothills, this American River rafting segment flows west towards Sacramento. This section of river is a  perfect day trip or weekend getaway.

  • Perfect American river rafting trip for young families and older generations
  • Great rafting introduction for children
  • We are one of the few outfitters that offer this section of the American river
  • Available all summer long, perfect for summer breaks
  • Inflatable kayaks available for rent
  • Mellow section of the American River

RIVER RAFTING ON THE North Fork American River

Dates: April
- May

The North Fork of the American River is located in Northern California, 30 minutes east of Sacramento. The river flows through the Sierra Nevada mountain range (near Lake Tahoe) and is a tributary of the American River.

North Fork American River rafting offers fantastic, challenging, whitewater rafting trips through steep walled canyons in the spring.

  • Challenging Class IV North Fork American river rafting
  • Free-flowing limited spring season rafting trip
  • Clear cold water (don’t worry the Class IV adrenaline helps)
  • Steep walled canyon for beautiful and exciting American River rafting
  • Raft the Wild & Scenic section
  • North Fork American River rafting is close to Sacramento, San Francisco and Lake Tahoe


Dates: April
- October

The Truckee River is located in the western United States originating in California and crossing into Nevada. It flows approximately 121 miles from Lake Tahoe through the Sierra Nevada mountains and into Pyramid Lake in Nevada.

Our guided Truckee River whitewater rafting trips leave from Truckee which is north of Tahoe City by 20 miles. Travel time is approximately 1.5 hours from South Lake Tahoe, 30 minutes from Reno and 10 minutes from Truckee.

  • Truckee River rafting trips are available all summer from mid-May to end of September
  • Perfect summertime activity for families ages 7+ while visiting Lake Tahoe
  • We white water raft two different sections depending on river flows – Boca run and Verdi run
  • Unique Tahoe scenery with a volcanic canyon and craggy cliffs
  • Note that our our guided rafting trips run even when the Tahoe City raft rentals do not


Dates: April
- May

The North Yuba River travels through the scenic Tahoe National Forest, and is fed by the snow-melt from the majestic 8000+ peaks of the Sierra Buttes. It is located at the north end of the fabled Mother Lode highway (Hwy 49). The nearby mining towns of Downieville and Sierra City provide rustic charm and great history. There is plentiful camping, a good selection of restaurants, cozy cabins & motels, saloons and historic landmarks.

  • Challenging Class IV & V rapids
  • An early spring-time whitewater adventure: not always available
  • Best technical whitewater in California, ready to thrill you with its challenges
  • Exciting wildlife and spectacular views
  • Uncrowded as there are only 3 commercial permits
  • Several rafting options depending on flows
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