Join us for a premier American River white water rafting adventure! The South, Middle and North Forks of the American River offer a wide variety of rafting options for all ages and skill levels. We have something for everyone including large groups! Camping is also available at our private South Fork American River Campground in Lotus, CA.

As one of the first California rafting companies to offer a special series of family rafting experiences, these trips are designed to bring the whole family together on the river!  These trips feature time together in the outdoors, sharing the thrills of the river, meals, campfires, and sleeping out under the stars.

Whitewater rafting trips are the perfect medium for building teamwork and camaraderie for you and your group. Working with our team of highly trained guides, or even in conjunction with your own facilitator, we can help you develop a trip custom tailored to fit your needs, while rafting the best rapids in California.

El Dorado County is home to some of the finest wineries in California. These wine makers have earned a national reputation for numerous varieties. This helped inspire Raft California to be the first and only professional outfitter in to offer 2 day camping trip with Wine tasting on the first day, and Whitewater rafting on the American River on the second day! This is truly a luxurious adventure.

About Raft California

Originally Adventure Connection, Tributary Whitewater Tours and Mariah Wilderness Expeditions, some of the original Northern California Whitewater rafting outfitters With over 40 years of running trips on the American River, Truckee River, Yuba River and more! Raft California invites you to join us on one of our spectacular white water rafting adventures!

California Whitewater Rafting

OVER 12 RIVERS TO CHOOSE FROM — From 1/2 day trips to mulit-day wilderness adventures we have a river rafting trip for you! We have California white water rafting trips perfect for all ages (4+) as well as large groups, and adrenaline junkies! Check out some of our favorite rivers:
Truckee River
South Fork American River
Middle Fork American River
North Fork American River
North Yuba River
Kaweah River

What makes Raft California special?

Our spacious, private base camp in Coloma, CA is situated right on the banks of the South Fork of the American River. With hot showers, flush toilets and exquisite tent sites, all our American River rafting guests are insured a fun camping experience. Just a short drive from San Francisco or Los Angeles, many of our guests combine their rafting vacation with tours of nearby wineries and the historic 49er gold rush towns. Rafting near Sacramento has never been easier, you’re just an hour away from the best white water rafting in California! Looking for a multi day rafting vacation? Looking for an outdoor adventure in Lake Tahoe? Our river trips are as close as 30 minutes from many Lake Tahoe destinations! We can help you plan a white water rafting California vacation on other western rivers. Please contact us!

Yelp Review

“Highly recommended. Our family of five including three teen and pre-teens loved this adventure. We did the full day on the South Fork of the American River. All kids were first timers and the adults had only been once before so we wanted something that would suit everyone- excitement but not too extreme!”

– Susie C, United Kingdom

Yelp Review

“Wine Tasting + Whitewater Rafting = A Great Weekend!” My husband and I went on the two-day red wine tasting/whitewater rafting weekend adventure, and loved every minute! Highly recommend this as a great weekend getaway from San Francisco, Sacramento, or anywhere in the state!”

– Katis S, San Francisco

Yelp Review

“We had the best time on the South Fork American River. The guides were just fabulous in taking good care of us, sharing their knowledge of the river environment and just having fun!”

– N.K., Anaheim


This 17-mile trip is a Middle Fork extravaganza for those of you wanting a lot of excitement in one, very full day. We’ll be on the river early, running the Tunnel Chute and lots of other exciting rapids as well as floating and paddling the calmer stretches of the river. This trip highlights the best white water rafting in California.

This is our most popular American River rafting trip, and for good reason! South Fork American River rafting leads to a day of excitement, fun, and relaxation in a beautiful river canyon with lunch along the riverbank. Great for group outings and perfect for a California white water rafting family trip!

Experience 2 luxurious days of California white water rafting and camping, delicious wine and relaxation all in a stunning river canyon. This unique trip features 1-day of Wine tasting, 11 miles of rafting, 1 night of camping, and amazing company. Enjoy 4 great meals prepared by your guides and other camping activities!

2-day American River rafting trips

Try out the best multi day white water rafting California has to offer. This California rafting trip mixes the adventure of rafting with the beauty of sleeping under the stars. You experience rafting the American river, the canyon, the people, the food, and waking up in the morning to fresh coffee, fruit and an awesome breakfast!


With over 25 years of running the highest quality rafting trips and river tours, Raft California invites you to join us on one of our spectacular rafting adventures!

We have whitewater rafting trips on over 12 rivers in Northern California, Oregon, and into Nevada! Rivers include the South Fork American, Middle Fork American, North Fork American, North Yuba, Truckee, Tuolumne, Kaweah and more!.

Raft California
6500 State Highway 49
Lotus, CA 95651-9764
(530) 626-7385
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