1 Day Full River Rafting Trip

Prices Starting At

Monday – Thursday
Adults (14+) $149
Kids $149 Half Off! $74

Friday – Sunday
Adults (14+) $169
Kids $159


Raft the entire South Fork American River in one day! Join us for a full day, or 21 miles, of Class 2-3+ American River whitewater adventure including the upper Chili Bar run and lower Gorge run down to Folsom Lake. If you are looking for a trip that is great for first-time rafters, quick paced and with non-stop action this is the river rafting trip for you!

There are many Class 3 rapids to encounter first thing in the morning. The action continues for the first 7 miles ending with the iconic Troublemaker Rapid (Class 3+). We float past the Marshall Gold Discovery Park and continue with a mellow afternoon float back to camp for lunch. The afternoon we tackle the Gorge section of the South Fork American River known for the big Class 3+ rapids Satan’s Cesspool & Hospital Bar, along with many other Class 2-3 action along the way.

The South Fork of the American River has become a “must do” for rafters of all abilities. This section of river is what you think of when you think of white water rafting. This classic trip has introduced many to the river and is the trip that brings them back to year over year.

Water flows in the South Fork American River result from releases from hydroelectric facilities located upstream. Such water releases are not subject to the control of El Dorado County or rafting companies operating under Permits from the County of El Dorado.


  • Run both the Chili Bar and Gorge section of the South Fork American River in one day!
  • Non-stop, fast paced trip
  • Best 1 day trip deal – all 21 miles of whitewater excitement!
  • Best California River for first-time rafters as well as experienced paddlers, families with kids, groups of friends, and company team-building outings
  • Wonderful day of rafting with lunch along the riverbank
  • Our luxury riverside camp has a nice camp store, which provides last-minute items that you may have forgotten including t-shirts, shorts and other sportswear
  • Experienced guides: skilled and ready to provide a safe and fun outdoor adventure

River Map

Trip Itinerary

Get ready for a great day on the river! At 8:00a.m. we gather for orientation and safety information before heading for the river where you will receive your paddle and your life jacket. We launch our boats, practice paddling skills with our guides, and head for great rapids such as Meatgrinder, Race Horse Bend, Triple Threat, and Troublemaker.

Mid river, back at the orginal camp meeting location a big barbecue lunch awaits.

After lunch we continue on and tackle even more Class III whitewater  rapids named Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing Rock, Hospital Bar and more.  Finishing up at Folsom Reservoir we shuttle you back to camp usually finishing up around 4 to 5:00 PM. You will head home with fond farewells relaxed and full of memories from a great river trip experience.

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Where to Meet

Tributary Outpost & Private Campground on the American River

6500 CA-49
Lotus, CA 95651

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.

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