After a nutritious “ADVENTURE CONNECTION” breakfast we’ll drive up to the start of the upper ten miles of the river known as the “Chili Bar” section. The river starts right out in some big Class III rapids, and you’re ready for them after yesterday’s run. We tackle the exciting Meatgrinder rapid, followed by Triple Threat, Racehorse Bend and Troublemaker, thought by some to be the biggest rapid on the river. Then we float into a calmer stretch to enjoy the beautiful scenery and laugh about the excitement and adrenaline rush of the morning’s rapids.
We’ll beach our boats back at the campsite in the early afternoon and enjoy a delicious lunch. Saying good-bye to your guide and other crew members before departing for other adventures is the last event of a glorious two-day adventure. One thing to note is if you’ve a family with children you should really check out our ½ Price midweek Family Trips page.

Two-Day Gorge/Chili Bar Run | American River Rafting At Its Finest

Trip Highlights

  • Most popular California River for first-time rafters as well as experienced paddlers, families with kids, groups of friends, and company team building outings
  • Two days rafting (covering 21 miles), one night camping, and 4 great meals
  • Our beautiful riverside camp where you will enjoy meals prepared by your guides, volleyball, horseshoes, camp store, campfire circle, hot showers, and flush toilets
  • Experienced guides: skilled and ready to provide a safe and fun outdoor adventure
  • Two days of excitement, fun and relaxation in a beautiful river canyon


$279 – adult
$259 – youth (7-16)*
$259 – senior (62+)


Saturday & Sunday
$309 – adult
$289 – youth (7-16)
$289 – senior (62+)


All prices are subject to an 8% state/county river access fee.
Discounts available for groups of 6 or more.

* youth price is $139.50 (1/2 off adult rate) with every full paying adult on Monday and Thursday departures!

Departure Times

10:30 AM the morning of your trip

River Rating

Class III (Beginner/ Intermediate: Medium Intensity Whitewater)
21 Miles of Rafting!


Get ready for two great days on the river! Join us the morning of your trip at our South Fork camp. We’ll 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 start out with some easy rapids to build confidence before the real excitement begins.

We stop mid-day for a delicious lunch along the river and then run some fun Class III rapids like Satan’s Cesspool and Hospital Bar. We return to camp with time to enjoy the peace of the river over dinner (including soda, wine & beer), with a campfire.

The next day we shuttle to the top of the river for more exciting rapids, which include Meatgrinder, Triple Threat and the infamous Troublemaker. Our trip concludes with a big lunch back at camp. You’ll head home with fond farewells about 3:00 p.m., relaxed and full of memories from a great river trip experience!


6500 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA – approximately 1 hour east of Sacramento on Hwy 49, about 3 hours from the Bay Area.


Take Hwy I-80 or Hwy I-5 to Sacramento, then Hwy 50 east towards Placerville/So Lake Tahoe. In about 30 miles take the Ponderosa Road exit in Shingle Springs. Turn left over the freeway, then make an immediate right at the light onto North Shingle Road. That automatically becomes Lotus Road at mile 4.5. At mile 11.3 turn left at the stop order cheap ultram online sign onto Hwy. 49, and follow 2 miles to the Adventure Connection sign at 6500 Hwy 49. Turn left into gate and follow signs to our meeting area.

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We’re confident that you’ll agree with the editors of Sunset Magazine when they chose our whitewater rafting company as having one of the “Ten Best River Trips In the West”!


At the end of the trip you will have the chance to view and purchase photos of your raft running the South Fork—a wonderful reminder of your exciting day with Adventure Connection.


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!

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, Adventure Connection invites you to join us on one of our spectacular rafting adventures. We have whitewater rafting trips on the South Fork American, Middle Fork American, North Fork American, Tuolumne and Kaweah rivers.

Adventure Connection
6500 State Highway 49
Lotus, CA 95651-9764
(530) 626-7385