Difficulty: Beginning to Intermediate
Rating: Class 2-3+
Minimum Age: 7-8 years
Length: 11 miles
Time: 11:30am – 4:30pm
Price: Starts at $99 [ VIEW PRICES ]
Includes Lunch, Riverside camping available
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The South Fork American River Gorge “Lower” 1 day raft trip is the best rafting option for most participants as it includes a “warm up” on easier rapids. It also has some of the best rapids on the river. This section is between the Hwy 49 bridge in Coloma and Folsom Lake.
On our 1 day, 11 mile “Gorge” rafting adventure, we meet at our camp for a BBQ lunch. Here you will be given the usual pre-trip instruction and issued PFD’s and paddles.
You will get a few miles of warm up before you enter the steep granite canyon known as the ‘Gorge’ where the rapids occur more frequently. There are many Class 3-3+ rapids like Fowler’s Rock, Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing Rock, and Hospital Bar. Also numerous milder and fun rapids along the way and safe places in parts for swimming.
When Folsom Lake levels are high, we get a tow out with jet skis, rather than paddling flat water to the take-out. The rafting trip ends at Folsom Lake where you are served cold drinks and we bus the group back to the meeting location.
Please note that the flows in this video are a little higher than our typical summer flow.