Our South Fork American River Gorge half-day trip covers what we think are the best 9 miles of rapids on the river. We launch directly from our Lotus-Coloma meeting location after the guides give you pre-trip instructions and set you up with paddles, PFD’s and helmets. The trip meets in the afternoon usually after lunch. With a group you can make special arrangements to arrive earlier and have lunch before the trip.
The rafts enter the steep scenic granite canyon known as the ‘Gorge’ soon after getting on the river. The rapids occur frequently, with many Class 3-3+ rapids like Fowler’s Rock, Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing Rock, and Hospital Bar and there are also numerous milder and fun rapids along the way. There are opportunities in quieter sections to take a swim.
At the end of the trip if Folsom lake levels are high, we are assisted by motorized tow-outs (usually jet-skis) to get through the the upper reaches of the reservoir to the take-out. Once reaching shore, we serve cold drinks and load up for the bus ride back to the meeting location.