South Fork American River Rafting  
2 Day Wilderness Rafting Trip

2 day South Fork American River Wilderness Rafting and Camping Trip

This is the perfect American River rafting trip for youth groups, scout groups, and corporate groups looking for a wilderness rafting trip. We are conveniently located close to Sacramento, San Francisco, and Lake Tahoe! 

We run the South Fork American River from “Top to Bottom” taking our time to enjoy the scenery and history of the riverbank. This is a great for kids and adults to unplug and enjoy the outdoors.

Trip Highlights
  • 2 days of white water rafting (covering 21 miles)
  • 5 delicious meals
  • 2 nights riverside camping (different locations each night, additional nights available as an add on)
    • Your first night of camping is at our established South Fork American River campground in Lotus, CA with showers, and flush toilets (additional nights are at this location)
    • The second night of camping is primitive located on BLM property, no showers and vault toilets


Mon/Tues and Thurs/Fri 
** Kids are 50% off with every full paying adult!**
  • $319 – adult
  • $159.50 – youth (7-17) 
  • $299 – additional youth (7-17) 
  • $299 – senior (62+)


  • $349 – adult
  • $329 – youth (7-17)
  • $329 – senior (62+)  

All prices are subject to an 8% state/county river access fee. Discounts available for groups of 6 or more. 

South Fork American River Rafting Map and Directions

Please note that cell phone reception in our remote area is not guaranteed, although it is getting better. Therefore we suggest you print out the directions or save for offline on your phone.

Please be sure to check drive times when booking your rafting trip and allow for additional time on Holidays and weekends.  


Once you arrive as our guest please know you are now what we consider “River Time”. This means we try and stick to a schedule, but times are merely a guideline and may not be exact once we start our adventure. Times below may vary, but not much!

The night before your rafting adventure begins:

4:00-8:00PM – Check in to our South Fork American River campground for camping the night before you start rafting. Dinner is not included.  

The first day of your rafting trip. Your guides will hand out dry bags for your overnight gear for camping tonight as it will be in a different location

7:00AM Coffee, tea and drinks are available in the kitchen
7:15AM Breakfast 
8:00AM Load shuttle to put in for the Chili Bar Run
8:30AM Safety talk and put in and start rafting!
NOON Lunch
12:45PM Back to rafting!
2:00PM Pull into BLM camp
Free Time to hike, play and explore!
6:00PM Riverside appetizers
6:30PM Dinner
8:00PM Campfire and riverside chats (campfire not guaranteed due to possible high fire danger)
10:00PM Quiet Hours begin until 7:00AM the following morning, that just means no loud partying, music or noises…it’s not a bedtime!

Day 2 of your camping and rafting vacation. The morning is leisurely as we have to wait till lunchtime to get on the river! There is plenty of time to explore the BLM grounds and hiking trails, go fishing, or just sit back and enjoy the beauty of the river!

7:00AM Coffee, tea and drinks
7:30AM Breakfast 
Play or relax time!
11:30AM Lunch
12:30PM Load up and get on the river!
4:30PM Take out and head back to our campground where your cars are parked
5:30PM Fond farewells as you head home or to your next destination … OR maybe you would like to stay another night!


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