North Fork American River Rafting | Class IV California White Water Rafting

a thrilling advanced whitewater challenge – welcome to our north fork american river rafting trips!

Plummeting out of the Desolation Valley basin near Lake Tahoe lies the free-flowing North Fork American River with some of California’s most exciting springtime technical rapids. From the moment we enter the river, the ride is challenging and exciting. The upper stretch of river has an average gradient drop of 50′ per mile through a steep and narrow granite canyon for spectacular whitewater and great vistas — when we have a moment! Turns are tight and technical; Chamberlain Falls is a thrilling drop! North Fork American River rafting is a must-do for the true adventure seeker. Rafters ready for the North Fork are in good physical condition and possess prior Class III paddling experience. We will cover advanced paddling, safety, and swimming techniques before beginning our run. Wetsuits are usually required for this run. You can bring your own or rent them in advance (please reserve at least 24 hours in advance).

We meet in the town of Auburn and meeting times vary from early morning to mid-day depending on our put-in time. After check-in we’ll drive to the put-in where you will receive a safety orientation and review paddling techniques with your guides. The river leaps into intense rapids from the start with almost continuous class 4 runs for the first five miles. Depending on water levels we may scout one of the biggest drops, Chamberlain Falls, for the best run. Lunch on the riverbank will give us a chance to relax and enjoy the stark beauty of this stunning canyon, before more rapids on the lower section!
The chance to combine another river with the North Fork for an outstanding two-day adventure happens each spring! Combine the Gorge Run of the South Fork American with a North Fork run for a springtime extravaganza! Camp at our South Fork camp for two nights, enjoying the “outdoor living” of our wilderness setting.

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