2 Day Rafting Trip

Prices Starting At

Monday – Thursday
Adults (14+) $299
Kids $299 Half Off! $149

Friday – Sunday
Adults (14+) $339
Kids $299


Raft the entire South Fork of the American River! We will guide you on a two day, two night white water rafting trip featuring both the upper Chili Bar run and the lower Gorge run sections. Each day you will raft on waters featuring Class II and III rapids and each night you will camp at our private American River campground. Psst… we do all of the cooking!

This rafting trip is a perfect weekend getaway for those interested in staying at a developed campground – located on a beautiful secluded area of the river. Lawn games, fireside stories and good food will all be had during your two night camping experience. Interested in upgrading to a glamping tent? Reach out! Our canvas tent rentals offer a prime location overlooking the river and a fun experience. Plus our private campground features showers and flush toilets – so you’re camping, but not quite roughing it!

If you are looking for something a bit more off the grid, check out our 2-day, 2-night wilderness style trip.

This is a popular rafting trip for youth groups (scouts etc) and corporate/adult groups coming from Sacramento, the Bay Area, & Southern California!


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.


  • Great for Families, First Timers, and Groups
  • 2 Nights of camping in our private campground right on the river
  • Upgrade your stay with a Canvas Tent Rental
  • Lawn games, camp activities and fireside stories
  • Great weekend get-away from San Francisco, Sacramento & Lake Tahoe

River Map

Trip Itinerary

Once you arrive as our guest please know you are now what we consider “River Time”. This means we try and stick to a schedule, but times are merely a guideline and may not be exact once we start our adventure. Times below may vary, but not much!

The night before your rafting adventure begins:

4:00-8:00PM – Check in to our South Fork American River campground for camping the night before you start rafting. Dinner is not included.  

Day 1

  • 7:00AM Coffee, tea and drinks are available in the kitchen
  • 7:30AM Breakfast 
  • Mid-Morning (10:00am ish) Load shuttle for a short ride up to the put in.
  • We start rafting on the South Fork American Class 2 section mid morning 
  • Stop for lunch around noon before tackling the Class 3+ rapids on the Gorge section in the afternoon. There are many rapids on this section including Satan’s Cesspool & Hospital Bar.
  • Return to camp around 4:30PM
  • 6:00PM Riverside appetizers
  • 6:30PM Dinner
  • 8:00PM Campfire and riverside chats (campfire not guaranteed due to possible high fire danger)
  • 10:00PM Quiet Hours begin until 7:00AM the following morning, that just means no loud partying, music or noises…it’s not a bedtime!


Day 2

  • 7:00AM Coffee, tea and drinks are available in the kitchen
  • 7:15AM Breakfast 
  • 8:00AM Load shuttle to put in for the Chili Bar Run. Safety talk at put in and start rafting!
  • You will tackle many Class 3+ rapids for the first 7 miles finishing with the infamous Troublemaker Rapid.
  • We float into the Marshall Gold Discovery Park for a picnic lunch at the historic park. There is some time to walk around, but a return visit in the afternoon with more time to explore is a popular post rafting trip activity.
  • The final 4 miles back to camp are pretty mellow with a few Class 2 & 2+ rapids along the way including Barking Dog a few strokes before we take out at our camp

We say our fond farewells

Traveling to the

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

For Rafting

  • 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

For Camping

  • Linens
    • Blankets
    • Pillow
    • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Camp chair


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

Included with this Overnight River Rafting Trip

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Cot
  • Dry Bag for your gear
  • 2 nights camping
  • 5 meals
    • Day 1 – breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Day 2 – breakfast & lunch