2-Day Wilderness Middle Fork American River Rafting & Camping Trip

Class 4 Wilderness White Water Rafting Trip on the Secluded Middle Fork American River

The really great thing about this trip is the beauty and solitude of the canyon – no cars, no cell phones… and no worries. We’ll be rowing all your gear down the river and you’ll get that all-to-rare chance to escape from everyday life. This trip features side hikes to secluded waterfalls and you can even  wilderness adventure!

Minimum age for this journey is 13-14. 

Two-Day Middle Fork American River Rafting

Trip Highlights

  • Most popular California River for first-time rafters as well as experienced paddlers, families with kids, groups of friends, and company team building outings
  • Two days rafting (covering 18 miles)
  • Wilderness Camping, camp under the stars!
  • Experienced guides: skilled and ready to provide a safe and fun outdoor adventure
  • Two days of excitement, fun and relaxation in a beautiful river canyon


Departures on Monday, Thursday and Saturday
$369 – adult $349 – youth (14-16) $349 – senior (62+)  
All prices are subject to an 8% state/county river access fee.
Discounts available for groups of 6 or more.

Departure Times

This trip includes night before camping at our South Fork American River Campground. 

River Rating

Class IV (Adventurous Beginner/Intermediate: Medium Intensity Whitewater)
17 Miles of Rafting!


Get ready for two great days on the river! 

Arrive the evening before the rafting begins at our private South Fork American River Campground. There are several restaurants if you are passing thru Auburn or Placerville, as well as a few tasty local places within 2 miles of camp. Dinner is not included for this first evening.

The following morning you awake to the sound of the river and the nature around you. There are coffee, teas, and beverages are available in the kitchen shortly after sunrise followed by a continental breakfast. We board our vans and head to the river about 45 minutes away in Foresthill. At the river launching site, your guides will present orientation and safety information and you will receive your river gear including a paddle, a helmet and a life jacket.


We will launch our boats, practice paddling skills with our guides, and head for the excitement and fun of the Tunnel Chute and Kanaka Falls! We stop along the way for lunch as well as side hikes up creeks to secluded waterfalls. Upon arrival at our wilderness camp there is time to enjoy the peace of the remote canyon, fishing, more exploration and fun. Your guides will prepare appetizers and a moderate amount of beer and wine is provided followed by a delicious dinner. We will include a campfire if permitted by State Parks.
The next day, after a leisurely riverside breakfast we continue our run with more big rapids like Chunder and Parallel Parking. Again we will stop for a riverside lunch, or may stay in camp in the morning waiting for the water to rise and have lunch there too. We will arrive at the take out where our shuttle vehicle will greet us at take-out with cold water for the ride back to camp. You’re ready to head home by around 5:00 p.m., relaxed and full of memories from a great river trip experience!

Meeting Location:

Raft California South Fork American River Campground

Address: 6500 Highway 49 Lotus, CA 95651

Please note that cell phone reception in our remote area is not guaranteed, although it is getting better. Therefore we suggest you print out the directions or save for offline on your phone. Please be sure to check drive times when booking your rafting trip and allow for additional time on Holidays and weekends.