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Rafting Near Me – Bay Area Trip Planning Guide

Looking for rafting near San Francisco? Look no further!

San Francisco – THE city by the Bay. Renowned in literature and song for it’s culture, it’s history, it’s food and it’s proximity to some of California’s most beautiful sights. Arguably the ying to the east coast’s New York yang, residents and visitors to this fair metropolis enjoy a multitude of choices when it comes to striking gold for a day or two of exploration – stunning views of coastline both north and south of the City; day trips across the Golden Gate Bridge for a drive or a hike to the Marin Headlands; a day or weekend spent in any one of the many world-class wine growing regions personified by Napa and Sonoma Valley, the Russian River and more. AND….just a few hours east lies the two most popular white water rivers on the west coast – the South and Middle Forks of the American River. Simply put, Adventure Connection is your source for rafting near San Francisco.


The cool thing about these two rivers is not only their proximity to the Bay Area, but also the diversity of experiences they both provide. Half, one and two-day adventures on Class III beginner/intermediate and more advanced Class IV runs, as well as chances to combine your on-river adventure with the area’s other unique attractions.


For example, our Red Wine/Whitewater trip, a two-day opportunity to partake in one of California’s best up-and-coming wine regions – the wineries of El Dorado County. Twice named by Sunset Magazine as one of “The Top Ten River Trips In The West“, Adventure Connection is the only professional river outfitter on the west coast that offers such a unique adventure. Day one is spent being chauffeured to a number of award winning wineries, having lunch at a marvelous Bistro and even a possible visit to one of our two local micro-breweries. Day two is spent on the South Fork of the American River. Complete with camping and all your meals this is one of the best river trips we’ve ever experienced.

And that’s just one of our many adventures. Go ahead and check us out…..San Francisco just got a whole lot more exciting!

Local Lodging Partners

For the Kaweah River

For the South Fork American

For the Middle and North Forks of the American

For the Tuolumne

  • Groveland Hotel: (209) 962-4000 or (800) 273-3314
  • Hotel Charlotte: (209) 962-6455
  • All Seasons Groveland Inn: (800) 595-9993
  • Yosemite Rose: (866) 962-6548
  • Yosemite Westgate Motel: (209) 962-5381 or (800) 253-9673
  • The Evergreen Lodge: (209) 379-2606 or (800) 935-6343

Our Most Popular American River Rafting Trips

White Water Rafting California, American River Rafting Trips
South Fork Gorge 1-day

This is our most popular American River rafting trip, and for good reason! It’s a wonderful day of rafting, excitement, fun and relaxation in a beautiful river canyon with lunch along the riverbank. Family-friendly and great for group outings!

American River Rafting, California White Water Rafting
Middle Fork American 1-day

This 17 mile trip is a Middle Fork extravaganza for those of you wanting a lot of excitement in one, very full day. We’ll be on the river early, running the Tunnel Chute and lots of other exciting rapids as well as floating and paddling the calmer stretches of the river.

White Water Rafting California, Red Wine and Rafting
Red Wine Whitewater

This trip is two days of excitement, fun and relaxation in a beautiful river canyon. 1-Day Wine tasting, 1-Day rafting, one night camping & 11 miles of rafting. Enjoy 4 great meals prepared by your guides, and many other camping activities.

Local Weather

Excessive Heat Watch

3:30 AM PDT on June 21, 2018
8:00 PM PDT on June 24, 2018

Fire Weather Watch

4:59 AM PDT on June 21, 2018
8:00 AM PDT on June 24, 2018
Thursday 06/21 0%
Sunny. High 93F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 06/22 0%
A mainly sunny sky. High near 100F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday 06/23 0%
Sunny skies. Very hot. High 102F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 06/24 0%
A mainly sunny sky. High 98F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 06/25 0%
Sunny. High near 90F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.