Riverside Camping on the South Fork American River in Lotus, CA

A private 60 acre property located off Highway 49 between Auburn and Placerville.

We offer a variety of camping options in conjunction with our rafting trips as well as a large secluded group camping area.

2 person & 4 person Canvas tent rentals

Riverside camping with secluded nooks

RV’s Welcome! (no hook-ups)

Individual Showers (no charge)

Flushing Toilets


Join us for a whitewater rafting and camping adventure on the American River, and more! We have trips suitable for all age including families with kids ages 4 and up!

We have the perfect camping location for your group! Nobody else has this much riverside camping to offer! Our camping areas are one of a kind and directly on the river! 

  • Families
  • Corporate groups
  • Bachelor/bachelorette parties
  • Scout groups
  • Birthday Parties
  • Singles
  • Couples

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.  

South Fork American River – Private Canvas Tents

THE BEST way to camp on the South Fork American River! We offer 2 person and 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, depending on the size you rent these come with either 2 or 4 of each. 

South Fork American River – Riverside Camping

Camping option for our day trip rafting guests. Secluded nooks and riverside camping is abundant throughout our campground. Additional meals are not included with 1 day trips, we do offer meals on our overnight trips. You do not have to book this separately from your rafting adventure, when reserving your rafting trip online there will be an option to add camping. 

Camp #1 on the South Fork American River – A Private Group Riverside Campground

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.


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