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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

South Fork American River - 2 Day Rafting Trip

Lotus, CA /

Monday – Thursday

Adults (14+) $299
Kids $299 Half Off! $149

Friday – Sunday

Adults (14+) $339
Kids $299

Camping, Rafting & Meals included!

Our 2 day South Fork American River rafting trip is ideal for families with kids ages 7-8+ groups and ok for non-swimmers. This is also great for groups coming from Sacramento, the Bay Area, & Southern California!

Come for 2 days of white water rafting on the Class 2-3+ South Fork American River. This full vacation package includes 5 meals and camping for 2 nights at our Riverside Campground, with showers and flushing toilets. Rent a Canvas Tent for an upgraded, stress free glamping experience.

The first day of rafting starts with the Class 2 section of the South Fork we call the Lotus Run, there are smaller rapids to get you ready for the bigger stuff in the afternoon. After stopping for lunch we tackle the Class 3+ rapids in the Gorge section like Satan’s Cesspool & Hospital Bar. We end in Folsom Lake and load the gear up and shuttle back to camp. There is time to shower and relax riverside upon arrival back at camp. Appetizers & dinner are made by your amazing river guides, after they clean up dinner they wish you goodnight until breakfast in the morning.

Day 2 you wake to the sound of the rushing river. Coffee & tea is available in the kitchen early morning followed by a tasty breakfast before we head out for more rafting! This is an earlier morning than day 1 and we have a longer shuttle to the upper Chili Bar put in on the South Fork American River. You will tackle many Class 3+ rapids for the first 7 miles finishing with the infamous Troublemaker Rapid. We float into the Marshall Gold Discovery Park for a picnic lunch at the historic park. There is some time to walk around, but a return visit in the afternoon with more time to explore is a popular post rafting trip activity. There are a few more miles of Class 2-2+ rapids back to camp like Old Scary and Barking Dog.

We also offer a more wilderness style trip on the river which is popular with both youth groups (scouts etc) and corporate/adult groups.


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.

  • Great for Families, First Timers, and Groups
  • Great for those new to camping – upgrade your stay with a Canvas Tent Rental
  • Great get-away from San Francisco, Sacramento & Lake Tahoe

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!

The night before your rafting adventure begins:

  • 4:00-8:00PM – Check in to our South Fork American River campground for camping the night before you start rafting. Dinner is not included. 4 Person Canvas Tents are available for rent both nights of your stay at our camp. This is a great glamping upgrade to your experience.  

Day 1

  • 7:00AM Coffee, tea and drinks are available in the kitchen
  • 7:30AM Breakfast
  • Mid-Morning (10:00am ish) Load shuttle for a short ride up to the put in
  • Lunch around Noon
  • More Rafting after lunch and you will return to camp around 4:30PM
  • 6:00PM Riverside appetizers
  • 6:30PM Dinner
  • 8:00PM Campfire and riverside chats (campfire not guaranteed due to possible high fire danger)
  • 10:00PM Quiet Hours begin until 7:00AM the following morning, that just means no loud partying, music or noises…it’s not a bedtime!

Day 2

  • 7:00AM Coffee, tea and drinks are available in the kitchen
  • 7:15AM Breakfast
  • 8:00AM Load shuttle to put in for the Chili Bar Run. Safety talk at put in and start rafting!
  • NOON Riverside lunch either at Marshall Gold Discovery park or our camp
  • The final 4 miles back to camp are pretty mellow with a few Class 2 & 2+ rapids along the way including Barking Dog a few strokes before we take out at our camp
  • Done around 2:00pm 

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  • Kids ages 7 and up
  • non-swimmers
  • great for groups & families

Included for the rafting:

  • PFD (Personal floatation device / aka life jacket)
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Professional raft guide for each raft
  • Shuttles to/from camp


Included with this overnight vacation package:


Required Items:

  • Re-usable 20oz or more water bottle (filled with ice water)
  • shoes (no flip flops)
  • sunscreen


Suggested Items:

  • sunglasses (with a strap)
  • baseball hat
  • Cell Phone (at your risk, it will sink)



  • Wallets
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Pets


FOR CAMPING (both nights)

  • sleeping bag
  • pillow
  • flashlight/headlamp
  • change of clothes
  • towel
  • tent & sleeping pad OR Rent a Glamping Tent
  • camp chair


Meeting Place: Raft California 6500 State Highway 49 Lotus, CA 95651-9764

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.