1/2 Day Afternoon River Rafting Trip

Prices Starting At

$99 Adults (14+)
$89 Kids


The Lower Middle Fork American River is the perfect afternoon Class II rafting trip for families with younger kids ages 4+.

This afternoon half day trip meets in Auburn, California, meanders thru the canyon walls for 7 miles in the Auburn State Recreation Area. 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.

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).  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.

We also offer overnight camping at our South Fork American River where you can bring your own tent, or rent a canvas glamping tent!

For a morning Class II rafting trip, suitable for young children please check out our South Fork American River Discovery Run.


  • Best rafting trip for families with young kids (ages 4+) and older adults
  • Afternoon rafting adventure (we also have a morning rafting adventure suitable for young families)
  • Bring the grandparents and make it a multi-generational family trip!
  • Close to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area
  • Mellow rapids
  • Secluded wilderness setting
  • Inflatable Kayak rentals typically available
  • All summer long! From Mid-May thru the end of September

River Map

Trip Itinerary

Noon – Meet @ Crooked Lane Brewing Co in Auburn, CA (We meet in the afternoon, so be sure to have a good lunch before you arrive. )

We transport into the Middle Fork American Canyon. You will get glimpses of the river flowing far below as we descend. At the put-in you will receive personal flotation devices, paddles & helmets and pre-trip instruction. There is a professional river guide on each raft, and if you rented a kayak they will be giving instructions to those people as well.

Along this 7 mile river trip there are safe beach areas for us to stop along the way for picnicking and play, and possible side hikes with waterfalls at the end!

Wildlife sightings are often and you may see ducks, deer, heron and fish. At certain times there are blackberry bushes offering the most amazing fruit, we will stop and pick some if we see them!

At the take-out the guides load the equipment and we shuttle you back to your original meeting location.

5:00pm Arrival back @ Crooked Lane where there is usually a food truck, and cold drinks for the entire family

536 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA 95603

We have a reserved set of parking spaces located at Crooked Lane Brewing Company in Auburn, CA. There are several ways to enter the parking lot, but we have found the easiest way is via Highway 49. Please park in these designated spaces to the right side of the building (looking from Highway 49 towards the large covered patio with the columns). Our staff member will also be there to greet you.

At the end of your rafting trip there are cold drinks and food available at Crooked Lane. Delivery is also available from most restaurants in town.

Where To Stay

Tributary Campground – Lotus, CA
Camp with us @ our private riverside campground. This is the same location for our river trips and overnight trips with meals and camping included are also available on certain dates.

Consumnes River Ranch – Plymouth, CA
One of our preferred partners! This is an amazing private property on the Consumnes River with tent camping, glamping cabins, stone barn for weddings and more.

What Should I Bring

  • Required Items
    • Re-usable 20oz or more water bottle
    • Shoes (no flip flops)
  • Suggested Items
    • Sunglasses (with a strap)
    • Baseball hat
  • Do Not Bring
    • Cell Phones
    • Wallets
    • Expensive jewelry


Click here for a full detailed list of what to wear and what to bring.

What Does Tributary Provide

Included with Rafting

  • PFD (Personal floatation device / aka life jacket)
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Professional raft guide for each raft
  • Shuttles to/from camp