California Whitewater Rafting — RAFT THE MIDDLE FORK OF THE AMERICAN RIVER — If you’re too advanced for the South Fork and not skilled enough for the North Fork, the perfect excursion for you may be rafting the American River Middle Fork. The Middle Fork is, for the most part, considered an intermediate river experience. The minimum age to participate is 14. The only rapid that gives some people pause on this trip is the Tunnel Chute, a thrilling roller coaster of a ride through a narrow chute into a flat water tunnel. Anxious travelers always have the option of walking around this rapid.
Rafting the American River South Fork: Kids Seven and Older Welcomed
If whitewater rafting the Middle Fork of the American River sounds too intense, you may want to give the South Fork a try. At a level III difficulty rating, it is appropriate for intermediates and for beginners, and children ages seven and older are welcomed. The South Fork certainly isn’t a boring ride—you’ll fly through more than fifty rapids—but the frantic activity alternates with some quiet time when you can relax and enjoy the view. Whatever your skill level, Adventure Connection has the perfect rafting trip for you.