South Fork American River – Wilderness Overnight 2 day raft trip


Class 3 Wilderness Overnight Adventure!

Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate

Rating: Class 2-3+

Minimum Age: 8 years

Length: 21 miles

Time: 8:00am day 1 - 4:30/5:00pm day 2

Price: Starting at $349 [ VIEW PRICES ]

4 meals and 1 night camping included.


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This 2 day trip is “wilderness style” camp trip, which maybe preferred by those looking to get away from it more, rather than being in a road accessible campsite with more facilities. It is a great rafting and outdoor experience for youth groups, families, corporate groups and more!

We raft the South Fork American River from top to bottom and camp on BLM land (no road access, pit toilets, no showers). We meet you early the first morning to pack up your personal gear to be transported down the river.  All equipment including personal gear, camping equipment, food and kitchen is transported in a separate oar raft. You depart in a bus soon after this for the launch point near Placerville. After the usual pre-trip instruction, the rafting action 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.

We will most likely take lunch at the meeting location camp, then raft a short distance down to the wilderness BLM camp site location. The camp has a great beach area and very few overnight visitors. After setting up tents you can swim, hike, play games or simply relax by the river with a cold drink.  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.

Next morning, awake to the sounds of the river, aroma of coffee brewing and breakfast being prepared by your guides. Enjoy the leisurely morning as we will have to wait for the release of water upstream to reach us at camp. Hiking is available on these BLM lands, the adjacent American River Conservancy Cronan Ranch area and a riverside trail along the entire lower South Fork America River. Camping gear and overnight equipment is packed onto the gear raft before launching the rafts again. Lunch maybe be taken at camp before departure or on the river. Once back on the river we 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 also numerous milder and fun rapids along the way. This rafting trip ends at Folsom Lake where you are served ice cold drinks and we bus the group back to the meeting location.