Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Rating: Class 2-3+
Minimum Age: 7-8 years
Length: 21-25 miles
Time: Arrive 4:00pm-8:00pm for camping the night before you start rafting. Done around 2:00pm day 2
Price: Starting at $279 [ VIEW PRICES ]
5 meals and 2 nights camping starting with breakfast on day 1.
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Spend 2 days whitewater rafting on the South Fork American River Overnight trip and camp at our Riverside campground!
On these 2 day trips, we run the Lower Gorge run on day 1 and the Upper Chili bar on the second day. This allows for a later meet time on the first day, but an earlier finish time on the 2nd day for those travelling. It also is preferable for the slower start on the Gorge on Day one so first time rafters get more time to warm up.
Our trip includes camping the night before you begin rafting. You are welcome to arrive anytime between 4:00pm-8:00pm. The first morning we start with a tasty breakfast around 8:00am. For the rafting we than meet in the parking lot at 10:30am and transport you to the put-in where you receive pre-trip instruction. The pace is fairly gentle to start, with 4 miles of Class 2 rapids to warm up on, before we pull into camp for 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 ice cold drinks as you are returned by bus to the meeting location/camp.
You will spend the night at our exclusive camp site at Rivers Bend, which has flush toilets, hot showers, volleyball net and horseshoe pits. If you did not arrive the night before, you will have time to set-up camp. Then time for swimming, volleyball, Frisbee or other games, or simply relax with a cold drink. In the early evening, appetizers are served and a delicious 3 course dinner is prepared by your guides and is accompanied with a moderate amount of beer, wine, and soft drinks. After dinner, the day’s photos will be available to view in camp and you can relax around the campfire.
On the second morning, awake to the sound of the river, the aroma of coffee brewing and breakfast being prepared by your amazing river guides. We will usually depart from camp by 9:00 am for our put-in on the ‘Chili Bar’ run which begins quickly with the Class 3 Meatgrinder rapid and continues for the next 5+ miles with Racehorse Bend, Rock Garden, Triple Threat, the infamous Class 3+ Troublemaker and others. Another great riverside lunch is usually served at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, so clients can check out some of the exhibits or the museum while lunch is prepared. After lunch the river slows and we raft either to the 49 bridge or back into camp where you are greeted with ice cold drinks before departing on your homeward journey (or stay another night by arrangement).
This trip is featured as a Family Special raft trip all summer long! On Monday and Thursday departures kids from 7-16 are 50% off with every full paying adult!