The Lower Middle Fork American River is the perfect Class 2 rafting trip for families with younger kids ages 4+. We know – we are parents too!
This afternoon half day trip meets in Auburn, California, also a historic mining town, and known as the “Endurance Capital of the World”. It is a 7 mile wilderness trip that meanders thru the canyon walls in the Auburn State Recreation Area. Due to the upstream water releases we meet at noon and like to take our time on the river. There is plenty of opportunity for swimming and possibly doing a hike, fishing, or stopping for snacks (not included, but you are welcome to bring your own, alcoholic beverages are not permitted). There are several fun rapids along the way, but nothing more than a Class 2+ at regular flows. Making this the perfect trip for younger kids and others who want to explore this beautiful secluded canyon. We typically have you back to your vehicles by 5:00pm.
Inflatable Kayaks are a fantastic addition for groups with teens and adventurous adults, these are available for rent.
This beginner trip can be combined with the South Fork American River for an overnight adventure with camping & meals included. We also offer overnight camping at our South Fork American River where you can bring your own tent, or rent a Canvas Tent!