Middle Fork American River – 2 day Wilderness Overnight raft trip


Summer Class 4 Wilderness Overnight!

Difficulty: Adventurous Beginner to Intermediate

Rating: Class 2-4+

Minimum Age: 13 years

Length: 17 miles

Time: 8:00am day 1 - 4:30pm day 2

Price: $369 [ VIEW PRICES ]

4 meals and 1 night camping included.


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This Middle Fork American River 2 day rafting trip is great for any group looking for remote, secluded overnight camping location. On most river trips, the camping is walk-in or drive-in accessible. On this trip, all the gear is taken down the river by raft. Facilities are basic, no hot showers and only porta-potties. On the plus side, there is the choice of some great private and truly get-away-from-it-all camp spots. You get the chance to enjoy the beauty of this river canyon in a more leisurely way. Our favorite spots include hikes to smooth, sculptured plunge pools and cascading waterfalls (seasonal). On this multi-day trip there is time to swim, play, hike, fish or simply relax in seclusion. It is our most popular Bachelor Party trip. 

Arrive the evening prior to your rafting trip begins at our South Fork American River Campground. There are some great places to grab dinner if you are coming thru Auburn or Placerville, you can also bring gear and cook in our camp. The morning of the first day we will provide you with your dry bags at breakfast. Personal gear is packed into waterproof dry bags. We transport you out to Foresthill to the put-in just below Oxbow Reservoir. The guides equip you with PFD’s and helmets and give you an orientation & safety talk. All the food, kitchen, personal and camping equipment is loaded on separate oar rafts to be taken down the river, so plan on traveling light!

The famed ‘Tunnel Chute’ is encountered early in the trip and this is followed by numerous Class 3 rapids and the Class 4+ ‘Kanaka’. Lunch is served riverside and our guides escort you on side hikes to secret locations. We will pull into one of the wilderness camp locations in the afternoon, which is usually exclusive for our group. You are welcome to bring fishing poles (hard case preferred and license required). Brown trout and beautiful rainbows love the clear pristine waters of this river. Cold drinks are served and you have plenty of free time to set up your camp site. The guides produce a sumptuous river side feast that surprises many of our clients. Our guides really love these trips as they are able to bond with our clients in a more intimate camping scenario. Many stories are shared around the campfire in the evening.

Waking up in the canyon is amazing with the sun taking its time to crest the canyon walls. Guides prepare a tasty breakfast – the morning is leisurely and there is opportunity to hike around and fish again. We are really on “River Time” out in this wilderness canyon. We pack and load gear back onto the oar raft.

The 2nd day continues with more exciting Class 4 action. Just below the entrance of Canyon Creek the adrenaline rush kicks back in with the Ruck-a-Chucky rapids. ‘Upper Ruck-A-Chucky’ (AKA ‘Chunder) is the first in this series followed by the falls. This is is a mandatory portage for clients as the river drops 20’ drop through a sieve of huge boulders. The overnight gear is also taken off the  river. ‘Lower Ruck-a-Chucky’ (AKA ‘Cleavage’) immediately follows and is a fun “surf” spot. We make our way thru a 2 mile gorge laced with numerous Class 3-4 rapids such as ‘Parallel Parking’ and ‘Catapult’ (AKA ‘101 Airborne’). At the take out at Drivers Flat Road (old Greenwood Bridge site), you are served cold drinks before you load up for your return to our camp. You are welcome to add another nights camping. 


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