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South Fork American 1/2 Day PM Gorge Run

North Fork American River is a GO this Spring

50% Off Kids on Weekdays

Class 4-5 Slab Creek Run on the South Fork American River

  • Not Typically available on the weekdays
  • $189 – adult
  • $179 – youth (14-17)
  • $179 – senior (62+)

This is a must do Spring white water rafting trip on the South Fork American River. Available only in May, and possibly early June, depending on water levels. This technical section of river is situated near Kyburz, CA off Highway 50 in the Tahoe National Forest.

We meet at our South Fork American River outpost in Lotus, CA in morning of your trip. Shuttle is provided by us to the put in location. Lunch is included and will be served on river, or back at camp at the end of the trip.

This is a 1 day trip but can be combined with any of our other California and American River rafting trips!


Water flows in the South Fork American River result from releases from hydroelectric facilities located upstream. Such water releases are not subject to the control of El Dorado County or rafting companies operating under Permits from the County of El Dorado.

  • Challenging rapids
  • The perfect trip for experienced paddlers
  • Can combine with camping at our South Fork American riverside camp where we enjoy volleyball, horseshoes, camp store, campfire circle, hot showers and flush toilets
  • Combo with other river trips for multi-day whitewater adventures!
  • Rare spring rafting opportunity!
  • 2019 Dates not yet announced…
  • Great guides: skilled and ready to provide a safe and fun outdoor adventure
  • Once you arrive as our guest please know you are now what we consider “River Time”. This means we try and stick to a schedule, but times are merely a guideline and may not be exact once we start our adventure. Times below may vary, but not much!
  • 8:00AM Meet at our South Fork American River campground in Lotus, CA where you will meet your guides and get your gear before we load the shuttle to the river!
  • 8:45AM Safety talk and put in and start rafting!
  • 1:00PM Lunch (depending on flows we may bring lunch to the river, or return to camp for lunch)
  • 2:00PM Fond farewells as you head home or to your next destination … OR maybe you would like to stay the night and camp!


Meeting Spot: Raft California, California 49, Lotus, CA, USA

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.

Truckee Trips end August 1st

Don't worry, We're not gonna do what everyboy thinks we're gonna do and freak out man... All we wanna know is, who's coming with us... to the American river that is.