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What Gear Does Raft California Provide

Included for the rafting:

  • PFD (Personal floatation device / aka life jacket)
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Professional raft guide for each raft
  • Shuttles to/from camp


Included with this overnight vacation package:

  • 2 nights riverside camping (different locations each night, additional nights available as an add on)
    • Your first night of camping is at our established South Fork American River campground in Lotus, CA with showers, and flush toilets (additional nights are at this location)
    • The second night of camping out on the South Fork American River @ BLM camp
  • 5 meals
    • Day 1 – breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Day 2 – breakfast & lunch
  • Dry Bag for your gear on the 2nd night

What Gear Should I Bring


Required Items:

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


Suggested Items:

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



  • Wallets
  • Expensive jewelry


FOR CAMPING (both nights)

  • sleeping bag
  • pillow
  • flashlight/headlamp
  • change of clothes
  • towel


For camping Night #1

This night is at our established campground on the South Fork American River


For camping Night #2

This night is at the BLM campground

  • tent & sleeping pad (Raft California will also provide)
  • duffel with personal gear that can easily be packed into our large Dry Bag
  • Kids ages 7-8 and up
  • non-swimmers
  • great for groups & families

Once you arrive as our guest please know you are now what we consider “River Time”. This means we try and stick to a schedule, but times are merely a guideline and may not be exact once we start our adventure. Times below may vary, but not much!

The night before your rafting adventure begins:

Day 1

Your guides will hand out dry bags for your personal & overnight camping gear

  • 7:00AM Coffee, tea and drinks are available in the kitchen
  • 7:15AM Breakfast
  • 8:00AM Load shuttle to put in for the Chili Bar Run
  • 8:30AM Safety talk and put in and start rafting
  • Class 3 rapids begin early in the trip and you will encounter Meatgrinder, Maya, Troublemaker and more.
  • 12:30 Lunch @ our Riverside Camp
  • 2:00pm Back to rafting – time on river varies as gear boats join us after lunch.
  • A few miles of Class 2 rapids
  • 4:00pm Land at our overnight camp where we unload the gear from the rafts as a communal team (guests included)
  • Free Time to hike, play and explore! We also suggest you set up your overnight sleeping accommodations (tent, hammock, under the stars) before dinner.
  • 6:00PM Riverside appetizers
  • 6:30PM Dinner
  • 8:00PM Campfire and riverside chats (campfire not guaranteed due to possible high fire danger)
  • 10:00PM Quiet Hours begin until 7:00AM the following morning, that just means no loud partying, music or noises

Day 2

  • 7:00AM Coffee, tea and drinks
  • 7:30AM Breakfast
  • Explore, play or relax as we wait for the river flows to rise. We also take this leisurely morning to pack up all our gear again to take down the river.
  • Noon Lunch
  • Lots of Class 3 rapids like Fowlers Rock, Satan’s Cesspool & Hospital Bar
    4:30PM Take out and head back to our campground where your cars are parked
    5:30PM usual departure time if guests are going somewhere else for the night. Or an additional night at our riverside camp in a Canvas Tent is a great end to the vacation.

More Questions?

6500 State Highway 49 Lotus, CA 95651

Please note that cell phone reception in our remote area is not guaranteed, if you do not have Verizon we suggest you save the directions.

Please be sure to check drive times when booking your rafting trip and allow for additional time on Holidays and weekends.  

Raft California, California 49, Lotus, CA, USA