Whitewater rafting trips near San Francisco and the Bay Area are as close as 2.5-3 hours away. The American Rivers provides the closest rafting trips. These are available April-September even in a drought!
Our American River trips have something for everyone. There are mild class 2 trips for kids from 4 yrs old. Exciting Class 2-3+ trips for beginners and return rafters. As well as some of the toughest whitewater for adventure seekers.
Come escape the city for a 1/2 day, 1 day trip, or overnight trip. River trip locations feature small town charm rich with gold mining history. There are a variety of accommodations, cuisine, and entertainment close to the rafting trips. Come for the day or make it a vacation. Families and groups will be sure to find the perfect itinerary. Overnight rafting trips include riverside camping and meals. Longer trips give you an opportunity to come spend a couple days on the water, sit back at our Riverside camp, and let us do the cooking for you!
Heading to Lake Tahoe? Our American River trips are convenient from I-80 and Highway 50!
Whitewater rafting trips are convenient to the Bay Area. American River trips are the most popular from San Francisco. Your rafting adventure can be combined with several other opportunities. There are many outdoor activities including hiking, biking and horseback riding. For foodies there is an abundance of unique dining experiences. Wine and beer trials are a great addition to whitewater rafting for couples, bachelor and bachelorette parties…after your rafting trip! The area information page for each of the rivers provides links to visitor information for accommodations, restaurants and other places of interest.
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.
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.
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 segment of the American River west towards Sacramento this section of river is a perfect day trip or weekend getaway.
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.