Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Rating: Class 2-4+
Minimum Age: 12-13 years
Length: 30 miles
Time: 10:30am day 1 - 4:30/5:00pm day 2
Price: $299-$349 [ VIEW PRICES ]
4 meals and 1 night camping included.
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This South Fork / Middle Fork American River Rafting combo overnight trip is an ideal rafting trip for those wanting to warm up on some Class 3 rapids, before stepping up to the more exciting Class 4 action on the Middle Fork American River on the 2nd day. This American River raft trip is great for adventurous first time rafters and suitable for families with teenagers.
Arrive the night before your rafting vacation at our private South Fork American River Camp. Our overnight camp on the South Fork American River is an exclusive camp site not open to the general public. It has flush toilets, hot showers, lots of riverfront camping, & upgrades!
We will greet you the following morning in the kitchen for breakfast. Following a leisurely breakfast/morning we transport you to the put-in at the Hwy 49 bridge. Before launching the rafts you will receive your equipment and pre-trip instruction. The South Fork American River “Gorge” rafting trip starts fairly gently, with 4 miles of Class 2 rapids to warm up on.
The trip pulls into camp where we serve a delicious riverside lunch spread. After lunch the excitement builds on the remaining 9 miles. The rafts enter the “Gorge” where the rapids occur frequently, with many Class 3-3+ rapids like ‘Fowler’s Rock’, ‘Satan’s Cesspool’, ‘Bouncing Rock’, and ‘Hospital Bar’. There are numerous milder and fun rapids along the way. The raft trip ends at Folsom Lake where you are served cold drinks. A bus returns the group to the meeting location/camp.
In the early evening the guides serve appetizers and prepare a delicious 3 course dinner. This is accompanied with a moderate amount of beer, wine, and soft drinks. The day’s photos will be available to view in camp after dinner and you can relax around the camp fire.
On the morning of day 2, you awake to the sound of the river and the aroma of coffee brewing. An early start from camp is necessary due to it being a long day running the 17 miles on the Middle Fork American River. The guides prepare a continental breakfast while you pack your personal gear.
On the Middle Fork American River, the famed Class 4+ ‘Tunnel Chute’ is encountered early in the trip. Numerous Class 3 rapids follow and the Class 4+ ‘Kanaka’. You are served lunch on a beach during the easier stretch in the middle of the river. Just below the entrance of Canyon Creek your adrenaline will kick back in with the Class 4 Ruck-a-Chucky rapids. Upper Ruck-A-Chucky (AKA Chunder) is the first in this series followed by the falls. You will hike around this 20′ drop through a sieve of huge boulders as it is a mandatory portage for clients. Back in the raft for ‘Lower Ruck-a-Chucky’ (AKA ‘Cleavage’) which follows and is a fun “surf” spot. Then the action continues with a 2 mile gorge laced with numerous Class 3-4 rapids including ‘Parallel Parking’ and ‘Catapult’ (AKA ‘101 Airborne’).
We take out at Drivers Flat Road (old Greenwood Bridge site). You are served cold drinks before boarding vehicles for your return to Auburn.
This trip is also offered in reverse. So you raft the Middle Fork on the first day and the South Fork Day 2. Benefits of this are great for those who are ready for Class 4 on the first day, and who may also want to get an early start home on the 2nd day.