california rafting trips & vacations

South Fork American Lotus Run

Lotus, CA /


  • $79 – adult
  • $69 – youth (4-17)
  • $69 – senior (62+)
  • $99 – adult
  • $89 – youth (4-17)
  • $89 – senior (62+)
Perfect for Young Kids!

The South Fork American River Lotus Run is a rafting trip suitable for younger kids, older seniors and timid rafters. Its an easy guided river trip which contains mild Class 1 & 2 rapids.

We meet at 10:30am in the parking lot for a short shuttle to the put in where pre-trip instruction is given. PFD’s and helmets are fitted, and paddles given out before launching. The group enjoys an easy 4 mile float with fun rapids including ‘Barking Dog’ before we arrive back to our camp.

Make a day of it – Plan a visit to the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park just 2 miles away from our camp or take some easy local hikes.

Make it a camping & rafting vacation! Add camping at our private riverside campground with canvas tents and group event areas. Also check out our Lower Middle Fork American/South Fork Lotus Run Overnight package!

The South Fork American River Lotus Run has limited availability, especially on weekends and during peak holidays.

  • Most popular California River for first-time rafters as well as experienced paddlers, families with kids, groups of friends, and company team building outings.
  • Our beautiful riverside camp has a camp store, which provides last-minute items that you may have forgotten including t-shirts, shorts and other sportswear
  • Experienced guides: skilled and ready to provide a safe and fun outdoor adventure
  • A great day of excitement, fun and relaxation in a beautiful river canyon
  • 10:30am Meet at our South Fork American River Camp Check-in
  • Short shuttle ride to the put in where pre trip instruction is given and all participants outfitted with gear
  • Enjoy a 4 mile trip down Class 2 rapids ending with the Class 2+ Barking Dog rapid
  • Float back into camp for a riverside lunch around noon


Meeting Location: 6500 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651

45 minutes East of Sacramento & only 3 hours from the Bay Area!