2 Day Lower Middle Fork / South Fork American River Rafting Trip

Best 2 day American River Rafting Trip for kids!

The Lower Middle Fork & South Fork 2 day overnight trip is a great first time American River Rafting trip for younger children. We meet after lunch (on your own) in Auburn for the 1/2 day Class 2 trip for the first day to “warm-up”. Inflatable kayaks may be available on the first day for added excitement for teens and more adventurous participants.


Camp at our Riverside camp on the South Fork American River where dinner and breakfast are provided. On Day 2 you can raft just Class II rafting or extend your trip for youths ages 7+ on the Class III section after lunch.

Lower Middle Fork / South Fork American River | 2-Day Trip

Trip Highlights

  • Best rafting trip for families with young kids – ages 4+
  • Close to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area
  • Mellow rapids with the option for more on day 2
  • Inflatable Kayak rentals possible for day 1
  • All summer long! From Mid-May thru the end of September


We meet in the afternoon for the first day, so be sure to have a good lunch before you arrive. Transportation to put-in in provided and you will receive personal flotation devices, paddles & helmets and pre-trip instruction before launching. There is a professional river guide on each raft, and if you rented a kayak they will be giving instructions to those people as well.


We take our time enjoying this secluded river canyon and you will be returned to the original meeting location and given directions to our camp on the South Fork American River. A delicious Dinner and Breakfast are provided at our overnight camp location.


Day 2 rafting does not start till late morning so you can have a mellow start to the the morning. We begin with another 4 miles of Class II than return to camp for lunch. If you have kids in your group over 7 years old or adults who want more excitement they will continue onto some Class III and III+ rapids after lunch.


Class 2/3:

Monday & Thursday
$269 – adult
$134.50 – youth *
$249 – senior (62+) / additional youths
* 50% off each youth (4-16) with every full paying adult


Saturday & Sunday
$299 – adult
$279 – youth (4-16) / senior (62+)

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


Departure Times

12:30 PM


River Rating

Class II-III (Beginner)
11 to 20 Miles long!



Behind Raleys – 13384 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603

Travel time is approximately 45 minutes from Sacramento, 1 hour from North Lake Tahoe and 2-2.5 hours from the Bay Area.


With over 25 years of running the highest quality rafting trips and river tours, Raft California invites you to join us on one of our spectacular rafting adventures!

We have whitewater rafting trips on over 12 rivers in Northern California, Oregon, and into Nevada! Rivers include the South Fork American, Middle Fork American, North Fork American, North Yuba, Truckee, Tuolumne, Kaweah and more!.

Raft California
6500 State Highway 49
Lotus, CA 95651-9764
(530) 626-7385