california rafting trips & vacations

South Fork American 1/2 Day PM Gorge Run

Middle Fork American – Run the Famed “Tunnel Chute”

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Rafting Trip Update


Oh, hey there! Were you searching for whitewater rafting trips on the North Santiam, Tuolumne, Merced, Upper Sacramento or Kaweah rivers? As of the summer of 2024 we are no longer offering rafting trips on these rivers, BUT! We do offer trips on a wide variety of other river trips only a few hours drive away.

Custom River Rafting Trips Available

Interested in a custom rafting trip? We got you! We cater to group requests and can create a trip that best works for your group. Alternative rivers, different timeframes, add on music, make it a hike and raft trip, stay in private lodges, make a 4 night trip a 6 night, adjust the put in and take out points – there are so many options! Reach out directly, we would love to discuss how we can craft your perfect rafting vacation. Contact us.

American River Rafting, Near Sacramento, CA

The American River is near Sacramento, about 8 hours north of San Diego. Raft California runs trips on multiple forks of the American River, including the South Fork, North Fork, Middle Fork, and Lower Middle Fork.  Choose accessible Class II rapids on the South Fork American River (great for kids 4 years and up) or the exciting Class IV Tunnel Chute on the Middle Fork American River! We offer half-day trips and multi-day wilderness camping adventures. We also have a private campground on the South Fork American River, perfect for a long weekend getaway from San Diego.

River Partners

Friends on the river! We are partners with many other rafting outfitters throughout California and the west. Many of our partners run trips in areas that we do not – you may be interested in some of them below!

Tuolumne River Rafting Trips near Yosemite

Our outfitter partner Sierra Mac River Trips offers a range of whitewater rafting adventures in the Yosemite region, with a focus on the Tuolumne River, Cherry Creek/Upper Tuolumne, and the Merced River. Founded in 1965, Sierra Mac is a family-owned business and was the first outfitter to operate on these rivers.

Kaweah River Rafting Trips near Sequoia National Park

White water rafting partner, Mountain Descents, based in Three Rivers, California, offers thrilling whitewater rafting experiences on the Kaweah River just minutes from Sequoia National Park. With over 20 years of expertise, this locally owned company prides itself on delivering safe, professionally guided rafting trips for all adventure levels, from family-friendly Class II+ scenic floats to adrenaline-pumping Class IV+ rapids.


Sacramento Sportsmen’s Expo

Enter to win a $250 river rafting gift card! The Tributary team will be at the expo this upcoming weekend January 18-21 and we would

Tributary Blog

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