South Fork American River – Rivers Bend Resort Camping & Cabins

Location (also the meeting place South Fork American River trips): Rivers Bend Resort, 6400 State Hwy. 49, Lotus, CA 95651. South Fork American Map & Directions

Rivers Bend camp - view of the South Fork American River

View of the South Fork American River from Rivers Bend Camp

  • This is a group campground – there are no individual sites.
  • Solely for the use of our American River rafting clients, not open to the general public.
  • It is the meeting location for all our rafting trips on the South Fork American River.
  • Advance reservations are required.
  • Camping equipment available for rent.
  • Free parking.
  • Sorry, no pets allowed. See dog sitting services on our Area Information page

Tent Camping at Rivers Bend Resort:

Rivers Bend camp on the South Fork American River - tent rentals available

Tent camping at Rivers Bend

The large on-river site holds up to 75 guests and an overflow site is available for larger groups.
Facilities include:

  • Free Hot Showers
  • Flush Toilets
  • Volleyball
  • Horseshoes
  • Fire-pits (seasonal due to fire danger)
  • On-site raft trip photo viewing
  • Equipment Rentals available

RV Camping at Rivers Bend Resort:

Unfortunately RV hook-ups are not available, but RV’s are welcome to park in the parking area and use the resort shower and restroom facilities. Advance reservations and fees for camping are still required.

Accommodations at Rivers Bend Resort:

River Otter Room cabin

River Otter guest room

Rivers Bend Guest Cabins

Rivers Bend Guest Cabins

For those who are more into Glamping than Camping, looking for more luxury and comfort. These 2 air conditioned rooms at Rivers Bend are right next to our meeting/camping location. Shower & restroom facilities are adjacent in a separate building. These are both listed on AirBnB and are not maintained by Tributary.

These are not usually available in the winter and sometimes not available to book until the spring. If the owners are away, listings are suspended. Give us a call if you might be interested in booking and we will put you in touch. 

Arriving the night before an American River rafting trip at Rivers Bend Resort:

Rivers Bend camp on the South Fork American River - meeting location sign Reservations are required, and can be book thru our reservations office. You can arrive any time after 5:00 pm, but preferably during daylight hours. There is no check in point, just proceed down the trail to our camp which is past the rest rooms, and the last site on the trail. It is clearly marked “Tributary Camp”. A cart to assist in transporting your overnight gear should be available at the top of the steps into our camp. You can set up in any available location, but please be considerate in your use of the space. Also please be aware that in all camps on the South Fork American, there is a quiet time between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. You are welcome to talk at normal levels after this time, however, noise must be minimal after 10:00 pm.