South Fork American River | Riverside Camping

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

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!

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

Our camping areas are one of a kind and directly on the river! 

Private 60 acre ranch in Lotus, California – off Highway 49 between Auburn and Placerville

2 person & 4 person Canvas tent rentals

Riverside camping with secluded nooks

RV’s Welcome! (no hook-ups)

Individual Showers (no charge)

Flushing Toilets


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. 

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.

South Fork American River – Riverside Camping

A private 40 acre ranch just outside Coloma, CA on Hwy 49 in Lotus. Secluded nooks and riverside camping is abundant throughout our campground. Camping at this location is offered to our 1 day clients who want to extend their stay with us.

South Fork American River Campground Location

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.  


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