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Lower Middle Fork American River

Auburn, CA /

Level: Beginner /

Class 2

Great for first-time california rafters, families with young kids, and youth groups

The Lower Middle Fork American River rafting trips offer a beautiful, wilderness setting located in the Gold Country near Sacramento. This trip is perfect for young kids ages 4 and up as well as more timid children for safe rafting trips available all summer long.

Lower Middle Fork American River- 1/2 Day Rafting Trip

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It is also a great trip for family groups who want to include multiple generations to experience rafting with the grand parents or less able bodied.

The Lower Middle Fork American raft trip is mellower, less traveled, and more relaxed than the nearby South Fork American River. We originally started rafting this river section to introduce our own children to rafting, and now we hope to share it with you too! Our guides are knowledgeable of the flora, fauna and wildlife on this river and are happy to share with you as we float down the river.

Logistics of the trip make it less accessible, therefore few outfitters offer this raft trip. Group sizes are usually small & offer inflatable kayak rentals for older kids and adults.


Where should I stay near Auburn, California?

Camping near Auburn:

  • Stay with us at our South Fork American River Camp! Bring your own tent, or rent a 4 person glamping canvas tent from us. RVs are also welcome, but please note the parking is in our main lot without any hookups.

Hotels to stay in Auburn:

Where to eat in Auburn, California?

Meeting Location

Meeting Location:

Crooked Lane Brewing Company

Easy access off I-80 near Sacramento, between San Francisco & Lake Tahoe