1 Day Rafting Trip

Prices Starting At

$149 Adults (14+)


White Water Rafting on the North Fork American River Near Sacramento

The North Fork American River provides fun, yet challenging, white water rafting. The rapids are close together, and action packed with big drops and large boulders in the river. Some of the rapids we tackle include Slaughter’s Sluce, Tounge in Groove, Zig Zag, Achille’s Heel and Bogus Thunder. 

We are the only outfitter to meet at Crooked Lane Brewing – home of the “River Daze” brew (see more info below)! Meet us in Auburn, CA at the brewery in the morning and depart (with a bit of off roading) to the put in near Colfax. Upon arrival you will see what makes this river so special, the water is emerald green and there are amazing rocks lining the banks of the river.

After you conquer the run we will shuttle you back to your vehicle so you can cheers to the day at the brewery post trip!

North Fork rafting trips are only available in the spring when the free flowing river is getting snowpack melt from the Sierra’s. They are not for first time rafters, wet suites are mandatory and swimming skills are required.

Join us over the weekend or add it onto a vacation! It’s proximity to Sacramento, San Francisco and Lake Tahoe make it an easy day trip for many.

Want to up the ante? Double down on your rafting experience with the South Fork / North Fork combo trip and join us for a 2 day, 2 night getaway on the river.

About Crooked Lane Brewing Company

Crooked Lane Brewing is a family owned craft brewery in the heart of Auburn, CA. They offer an expansive selection of beers, ranging from Blonde Ale and American Red Ale to Kolsch, IPAs, Imperial Porter, Doppelbock, among others. Their events calendar is packed each month with Trivia Nights, Food Truck Events, Bingo Nights, Stand Up Comedy and Live Music. Recently, they’ve expanded their offerings with the introduction of an on-site kitchen, allowing visitors to pair their favorite brews with delicious meals. For those who prefer to enjoy Crooked Lane at home, the brewery provides pre-order and pickup services, as well as online purchasing options with delivery across California.

Partnership Brew – River Daze!

We’ve teamed up with Crooked Lane Brewing to create a beer to pair with your rafting trip! Celebrate the rafting season with a crushable hazy IPA. Now available! Pick up the newly brewed, newly canned, newly rebranded collaborative beer River Daze Hazy IPA at their Auburn brewery, where we meet for several of our American River rafting trips.


  • Challenging Class 4+ rapids
  • Perfect trip for return rafters
  • Raft the Wild & Scenic section
  • Meet at Crooked Lane Brewery and cheers with a “River Daze” brew at the end of the day
  • Steep walled canyon featuring and turquoise water
  • Skilled guides ready to provide a safe and fun outdoor adventure

River Map

Trip Itinerary

After meeting you at the Crooked Lane Brewery we will shuttle to the put-in launch site near Colfax. You will be given your pre-trip instruction and necessary equipment.

The challenge on this North Fork American River 1 day rafting trip starts right from the beginning. We negotiate a Class III-IV gorge with a series of boulder slalom rapids called ‘Slaughter Sluice’ less than 1/2 mile from put-in. Soon after is the 8′ vertical drop of the Class 4+ ‘Chamberlain Falls’.

In short order comes more Class 4 rapids named ‘Tongue & Groove’, ‘Zig-Zag’, ‘Achilles Heel’, ‘Bogus Thunder’, and ‘Grand Slalom’. Take a deep breath as here comes the Class 4+ ‘Devil’s Staircase’, a series of 3 river wide ledges.

We will take a well-deserved river side lunch stop, and relax a little after all these intense Class 4 rapids.

Post trip we will head back to your vehicle at Crooked Lane Brewery where you can tell stories from the day and celebrate your rafting victory!

Traveling to the

Where to Meet

Meet at Crooked Lane Brewing Co

536 Grass Valley Hwy
Auburn, CA 95603

Where To Stay


  • Tributary Campground – Lotus, CA
    Many of our multi-day American River trips include camping at our private campground, located directly on the South Fork of the American River. Extend your trip and camp with us at our private riverside campground before or after your rafting adventure.
  • 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.


Hotel Options

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.

Rafting shuttle services and fees included. For more information on trip shuttles click here.

What Does Tributary Provide

Spring Rafting

  • Wetsuits or drysuits are required during this trip
  • We provide a wetsuit, splash top and (if needed) a fleece
  • You may also bring your own personal wetsuit or drysuit
  • Learn more about our  wetsuit/splash tops here
  • DO NOT WEAR COTTON! We suggest you wear polypro and wool materials

Included with Rafting

  • PFD (Personal floatation device / aka life jacket)
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Professional raft guide for each raft
  • Lunch