Our most popular day trip begins with you meeting us at 9:30 AM at our private 40 acre ranch just outside Coloma on Hwy 49 in Lotus. We’ll provide a comprehensive safety orientation, outfit you with paddles, lifejackets, helmets and a raft with a guide! We then take a short shuttle to the put-in location 3 miles upstream. Floating down that class II section through the heart of the Coloma/Lotus valley we’ll end up back at camp for delicious lunch. After lunch we continue on and spend the afternoon tackling fun and challenging rapids named Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing Rock, Hospital Bar and more, finishing up this 13 mile run at Folsom Reservoir where we shuttle you back to camp usually finishing up around 4 to 5:00 PM. Please note that the option to camp at our location the evening prior, along with a great breakfast the morning of your trip, is available in advance online or thru our office.
We meet at 8:30 AM at our private ranch just outside Coloma on Hwy 49 in Lotus and shuttle you up to the top of the river canyon to begin the Chili Bar run. The river starts right out with exciting rapids so first-timers are ready for a thrill from the beginning. After we practice our paddle strokes we’ll tackle fun and challenging rapids like Meatgrinder and Triple Threat, and finish off the big rapids with the excitement of Troublemaker. The rest of the morning and early afternoon is spent enjoying a beautiful float past Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, site of the iconic event which led to California becoming known as the “Golden State!” We end up back at our ranch with a delicious late lunch finishing up around 2 to 3:00 PM. Please note that the option to camp at our location the evening prior, along with a great breakfast the morning of your trip, is available in advance on line or thru or office.
The 11-mile Gorge half-day whitewater rafting trip meets at noon and finishes around 4:00 PM. Lunch is not included on these trips, but can be added for an additional cost. And whilst we truly believe that the more time you spend on a river the happier you’ll be…this mini-run is a gem!
The 9-mile Chili Bar half-day whitewater rafting trip meets at 8:30 AM and finishes around noon. Lunch is not included on these trips, but can be added for an additional cost. And whilst we truly believe that the more time you spend on a river the happier you’ll be…this mini-run is a gem!
These great trips run on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This adventure includes meeting at 9:00 AM on day one with four meals (lunch and dinner on day one and breakfast/lunch on day two) though the opportunity to come in the afternoon or evening prior to the trip and including breakfast that first morning is an option that’s very popular. After a comprehensive safety orientation we’ll get you set up with rafting gear, a guide and then take a short shuttle upstream to the put-in location. We’ll float down a 3 mile class II section and after a great on-river lunch we’ll tackle the rest of the Gorge Run, ending up in Folsom Reservoir where we’ll shuttle you back to camp. Appetizers, beverages (including beer, wine and non-alcoholic choices) and a fabulous dinner all await you. Interested in what happens on day two? Click “Learn More” below!”
Adventure Connection is proud to be one of the first rafting companies to offer a special series of rafting trips for the whole family, designed to bring fun and adventure, education and growth to our guests. These trips offer you time together in the outdoors, sharing the thrills of the river, meals, campfire and sleeping out under the stars. For detailed trip information, see Two-day South Fork Trips.
We start these great family adventures on Mondays and Thursdays, and we make them truly affordable by offering a 50% discount for each youth accompanied by a full-paying adult. Additional youths receive the regular $30/person youth discount
The chance to combine our classic Class III South Fork trip with our more adventurous Class IV/V Middle Fork run occurs each summer, usually from mid-May through September. We combine one day (either day one or two) on the South Fork with one day on the 17 mile Middle Fork run. The Middle Fork is one of California’s most beautiful Class IV runs, and it has perhaps the most famous rapid in all of the west – the infamous Tunnel Chute, a rollicking 20 foot drop through a man-made chute blasted out by 19th century miners, ending in a 90 foot tunnel!
Combine our classic Class III South Fork trip with the truly adventurous Class IV North Fork American. Only available during spring run-off, this is a challenging run for experienced boaters only. You must have run at least a class III river, and we cannot take non-swimmers on this adventure. Minimum age for this trip is 14
though, like our other trips, water levels and other factors may force a higher age