california rafting trips & vacations

South Fork American 1/2 Day PM Gorge Run

North Fork American River is a GO this Spring

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Middle Fork American River – 1 Day Rafting Trip

What Gear Does Tributary Provide

Included with this trip:

  • PFD (Personal floatation device / aka life jacket)
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Professional raft guide for each raft
  • Shuttle from Crooked Lane to the river and back
  • Lunch

What Gear Should I Bring

Required Items:

  • Re-usable 20oz or more water bottle (filled with ice water)
  • shoes (no flip flops)

Suggested Items:

  • sunglasses (with a strap)
  • baseball hat
  • sunscreen
  • Cell Phone (at your risk, it will sink)


  • Wallets
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Pets
  • active first time rafters with swimming skills
  • kids ages 14+

Please note this is a full day of physical activity in a wilderness canyon. There is no road access to where we raft between the put in and take out. If you have serious medical conditions please consult with your physician before booking.

We are the ONLY rafting company that meets at the Crooked Lane Brewing Company. Your photos are shown on a TV screen at the Brewery upon your arrival, sip a cold brew while viewing (not required!).

8:00am Meet in Auburn, California at the Crooked Lane Brewing Company (Restrooms’ available inside before you depart)
We board our river van soon after and head for the river, the shuttle to the put in is about 1 hour. The drive itself isn’t bad as we travel over the Foresthill Bridge spanning the North Fork American River, 730 feet below! It is one of the 4th tallest bridges in the United States!
At the put in location you will receive your river gear including a paddle, a helmet, and a life jacket. Your guides will go over some safety information and once on river practice paddling skills with our guides…the first (and biggest) Class 4+ Tunnel Chute rapid is coming soon! Followed by several more Class 4 rapids like Kanaka Fall.

We stop mid-day for a riverside deli lunch for about an hour.

Back on river we encounter more Class 4 white water like Chunder and Parallel Parking Rapids to finish the day’s run.
Our shuttle vehicle will greet us at the Drivers Flat Take out while we (with some guest assistance) load the gear onto the vans.

We will pass back over the Foresthill Bridge on the way back to Crooked Lane at the end of the day, this shuttle is about 30 minutes.
4:00pm you are usually back and enjoying your photos!

There are food trucks usually at the Brewery from 3:00pm on, Crooked Lane is a family friendly indoor/outdoor facility.

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