As with our other journeys you have the option, at a minimal cost, of arriving the afternoon or evening prior to the trip and enjoying breakfast with us that first morning. The North Fork is known throughout the boating community as “The little T” for it’s smaller, but just as challenging, resemblance to the Tuolumne. Don’t miss out on this trip – it’s rare and it’s special!
6500 Hwy 49, Coloma, 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 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.
Get ready for 2 great days on the river! After your arrival we’ll gather together, talk about our day and then head to the South Fork. En route your guides will present orientation and safety information. At the launch site you will receive your paddle, your life jacket, and a helmet. We warm up practicing paddling skills with our guides before heading for the rapids.
We stop mid-day for a delicious BBQ lunch along the river and then run more rapids such as Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing Rock and Hospital Bar before we return to camp tired and happy with time to relax over dinner (including soda, beer, and wine) and campfire.
The next day, after breakfast, we shuttle to the North Fork ready for lots more fun and exciting rapids like Slaughter Sluice and Chamberlain Falls! We will enjoy lunch along the wilderness banks of the river and then run more rapids including the infamous Staircase!
We head home with fond farewells around 4:00 p.m., relaxed and filled with memories of a great river trip experience!
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 is the best California river rafting trip for first-time rafters as well as experienced paddlers, families with kids, groups of friends, and company team building outings. Whilst we truly believe that the more time you spend on a river the happier you’ll be…this trip is a gem!
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