For the 2023 season – the South Fork American River flows will be running higher and faster than most years, we expect these to last until mid-June. Higher flows means that requirements for rafters does change, min. age restrictions and swimming abilities may be required at certain flows. For rafting with younger kids (under 14), we suggest planning your trip in July or August.
There are many memorable rapids as the South Fork American river winds its way through the scenic green and gold foothills of California’s Gold Rush Country. It passes through the historic town of Coloma and the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
When other California rafting trips have dried up, the South Fork American River is still providing an exciting and fun time. Great water releases are guaranteed past Labor Day weekend.
All South Fork American River rafting trips meet at our camp in the Coloma-Lotus area. Each rafting trip starts with an orientation and a safety talk. Personal flotation devices are fitted and paddling instruction is given. A professional, skilled river guide is on board every raft to help steer you safely down the river, as you power the raft with your paddle.
Camping can be arranged before or after any of our South Fork American River trips. Multi-day trip options include 1-2 nights camping.
Professional photography companies shoot at the major rapids on the river. You can view your photos online after your trip.
NOTICE: Water flows in the South Fork American River result from releases from hydroelectric facilities located upstream. Such water releases are not subject to the control of El Dorado County or commercial rafting companies operating under permit from the County of El Dorado.
Great option for rafting near Lake Tahoe, Sacramento & the Bay Area!