california rafting trips & vacations

South Fork / North Fork American River - 2 Day Rafting Trip

Lotus, CA /

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PRICING

Weekdays
  • $319 – adult
  • $299 – youth (13-17)
Weekends
  • $349 – adult
  • $329 – youth (13-17)
2 Day South Fork / North Fork American River Rafting Combo

This 2 day rafting trip is usually only available in the Spring when the Middle Fork American River flows are still too high for rafting trips. Join us at our Lotus, CA campground located on the banks of the South Fork American River. Camping & meals are included with this trip as is transportation from the campground for rafting.

Raft on Class 2-3+ rapids on the South Fork American River day 1, followed by the more challenging Class 4+ North Fork American River on Day 2! Swimming skills are required to participate in this trip. If you have any non-swimmers who want to come with you, we suggest the 2 day South Fork American river trip which is suitable for non-swimmers.

The North Fork is known throughout the boating community as “The little T” for it’s smaller, but just as challenging, resemblance to the Tuolumne. Don’t miss out on this trip – it’s rare and it’s special!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Combine two great California Rivers
  • The perfect trip for experienced paddlers
  • Two days rafting (covering 22 miles), one night camping, and 4 great meals
  • Camp both nights at our South Fork American riverside camp where we enjoy volleyball, horseshoes, camp store, campfire circle, hot showers and flush toilets
  • Great guides: skilled and ready to provide a safe and fun outdoor adventure
  • Two full days of fun, relaxation and excitement in two beautiful river canyons
TRIP ITENERARY

Get ready for 2 great days on the river! After your arrival we’ll gather together, talk about our day and then head to the South Fork. En route your guides will present orientation and safety information. At the launch site you will receive your paddle, your life jacket, and a helmet. We warm up practicing paddling skills with our guides before heading for the rapids.

We stop mid-day for a delicious lunch along the river and then run more rapids such as Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing Rock and Hospital Bar before we return to camp tired and happy with time to relax over dinner (including soda, beer, and wine) and campfire.

The next day, after breakfast, we shuttle to the North Fork ready for lots more fun and exciting rapids like Slaughter Sluice and Chamberlain Falls! We will enjoy lunch along the wilderness banks of the river and then run more rapids including the infamous Staircase!

We head home with fond farewells around 4:00 p.m., relaxed and filled with memories of a great river trip experience!

Directions

Meeting Location: Raft California South Fork American River Campground – 6500 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651