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South Fork American 1/2 Day PM Gorge Run

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South Fork American River – ½ Day PM Gorge 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 back to camp (and your vehicle) at the end of the trip

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
  • Cell Phone (at your risk, it will sink)



  • Wallets
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Pets
  • Kids ages 7 and up
  • non-swimmers
  • great for groups
  • Meet 1:00pm @ our South Fork American River Camp
  • After meeting your guide we gather for orientation and safety information where you will receive your gear.
  • We launch our boats right there from camp. Once on the river we take a few minutes to go over some basic paddle commands, and head for some easy rapids.
  • After a few miles of warm up on some Class 2 rapids the real fun begins when lollipop tree is in sight and encounter your first Class 3+ rapid of the day – Fowlers Rock! There is a nice amount of time between the rapids and we will paddle through more Class 2-3+ rapids including Satan’s Cesspool and Hospital Bar.
  • The South Fork American River flows into Folsom Lake. If Folsom lake levels are high, our jet-skis will meet to get through the the upper reaches of the reservoir to the take-out. We return you back to camp around 4:30pm full of memories of a great river experience.

We suggest you come early and have a picnic lunch at our camp/meeting location. There are also some great spots just minutes from camp you can get food, we just ask than you give yourself enough time so that you are at camp and ready to go rafting by the meet time in your email confirmation.




Put in: @ Raft California Campground (mid river, above Current Divider Rapid II)

Take Out: Salmon Falls (Folsom Lake commercial boater only access)

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