South Fork American River – Camping

Camping on the South Fork American River is available to all our 1 day American River trip rafting guests.

This is also the location for camping on many of our 2 day American River rafting trips. Our 60 acre campground will sure to give your group. A cart to assist in transporting your overnight gear should be available at the top of the steps into our camp. You can set up in any available location, but please be considerate in your use of the space.


our river camp is full of secluded nooks for sleeping out under the stars.


We've got spots for your campers and RV's. (Sorry, no hookups)


Do your thing in comfort with our individual showers and flush toilets!


up to 25 people (additional $20/person with 50 total max.)


THE BEST way to camp on the South Fork American River! We offer 4 person canvas tent rentals for a more “glamping” experience. These are all situated on a wood platform with a private deck. Cots, sleeping pads & chairs are provided.


Bring your own tent for closest camping to the river. Our parking areas are large with some shaded areas for RV's. There are no hook-ups, but you have use of our restroom and shower facilities during your stay.

Group Site

For large groups we have a private riverside area located within the 40 acre Private Campground. This is the ideal camp area for groups who would like a secluded area. Great for family reunions, scout groups, healing adventures, corporate team building events and more! Some of our amazing employees are certified yoga, and massage therapists – inquire with us if you are interested in additional activities.

Camping is available to our rafting guests @ $15/person for each night. Our overnight trips usually include 1-2 nights camping already.

Many of our guests bring their own kitchen items to cook at camp. Please be aware that we do not provide any BBQ’s or kitchen items, you are welcome to bring your own.

Open Fires – We usually have a ban on open flames (campfires, charcoal BBQ’s etc) in the peak summer months when California is especially susceptible to fires. We do not usually allow any campfires, charcoal BBQ’s or any open flame at camp. Propane cook stoves & BBQ’s are allowed, so we suggest you plan on bringing those if you are cooking at camp.

*If you are looking to go camping on the river, but not interested in a rafting trip, please Contact Us. We do not always offer just a camping option, and if we are not, we are happy to give you information on local camping options!

South Fork American River Trips
Meeting Location

Raft California Camp, 6500 CA-49, Lotus CA 95651

  • You will be looking for the large sign from Highway 49 (also called Coloma Rd).
  • Please print your map, cell phone reception is also not always available in these rural areas.  
  • This is a group campground – there are no individual sites.
  • Solely for the use of our American River rafting clients, not open to the general public.
  • It is the meeting location for all our rafting trips on the South Fork American River.
  • Advance reservations are required.
  • Free parking.
  • Sorry, no pets allowed. See dog sitting services on our Area Information page


Arriving the night before an American River rafting trip:

Most of our 2 day American River trips include camping at the camp the night before your trip (not included with Lower Middle Fork combo trips, but available). 

  • Arrive between 4:00pm-8:00pm the night before your trip
  • Camp host on site to greet you, sometimes available after 8:00pm
  • If you are scheduled on an overnight trip breakfast is included the first day of your rafting trip

South Fork American River Trips
South Fork American River Area Information