Lower Middle Fork American River- 1/2 Day Rafting Trip

Auburn, CA /


Weekdays Offered on Wednesdays & Fridays
  • $99 – adult
  • $89 – youth (4-17)
Weekends Offered on Saturdays
  • $119 – adult
  • $109 – youth (4-17)
Lower Middle Fork American River – 1/2 Day Raft Trip

The Lower Middle Fork American River is the perfect Class 2 rafting trip for families with younger kids ages 4+. We know – we are parents too!

This afternoon half day trip meets in Auburn, California, also a historic mining town, and known as the “Endurance Capital of the World”. It is a 7 mile wilderness trip that meanders thru the canyon walls in the Auburn State Recreation Area. Due to the upstream water releases we meet at noon and like to take our time on the river. There is plenty of opportunity for swimming and possibly doing a hike, fishing, or stopping for snacks (not included, but you are welcome to bring your own, alcoholic beverages are not permitted). There are several fun rapids along the way, but nothing more than a Class 2+ at regular flows. Making this the perfect trip for younger kids and others who want to explore this beautiful secluded canyon. We typically have you back to your vehicles by 5:00pm.

Inflatable Kayaks are a fantastic addition for groups with teens and adventurous adults, these are available for rent.

We also offer overnight camping at our South Fork American River where you can bring your own tent, or rent a Canvas Tent!

  • Best rafting trip for families with young kids – ages 4+
  • Close to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area
  • Mellow rapids
  • Secluded wilderness setting
  • Inflatable Kayak rentals typically available
  • All summer long! From Mid-May thru the end of September

Noon – Meet @ SpringHill Suites in Auburn, CA (We meet in the afternoon, so be sure to have a good lunch before you arrive. )

We transport into the Middle Fork American Canyon. You will get glimpses of the river flowing far below as we descend. At the put-in you will receive personal flotation devices, paddles & helmets and pre-trip instruction. There is a professional river guide on each raft, and if you rented a kayak they will be giving instructions to those people as well.

Along this 7 mile river trip there are safe beach areas for us to stop along the way for picnicking and play, and possible side hikes with waterfalls at the end! Wildlife sightings are often and you may see ducks, deer, heron and fish. At certain times there are blackberry bushes offering the most amazing fruit, we will stop and pick some if we see them!

At the take-out the guides load the equipment and we shuttle you back to your original meeting location.

5:00pm Arrival back @ SpringHill Suites – extend your stay with a night at the hotel (psst they have a pool!)


Meeting Location:

SpringHill Suites –

Travel time is approximately 45 minutes from Sacramento, 1 hour from North Lake Tahoe and 2-2.5 hours from the Bay Area.


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.