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 meet in Auburn, California at Crooked Lane Brewing 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.



  • Challenging Class IV+ rafting
  • Perfect trip for return rafters
  • Raft the Wild & Scenic section
  • 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 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

Spring Rafting

  • Wetsuit or Drysuit (you can also rent wetsuit/splash top from us)
  • This is a spring rafting trip – DO NOT WEAR COTTON! We suggest you wear polypro and wool materials.

  • 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
  • Lunch