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South Fork American 1/2 Day PM Gorge Run

Middle Fork American – Run the Famed “Tunnel Chute”

50% Off Kids on Weekdays

South Fork American Discovery Run - short 1/2 day

Lotus, CA /

Mondays - Thursdays

Adults (14+) $79
Kids $149 Half Off! $39

Friday - Sundays

Adults (14+) $99
Kids $89

Our Class 2 Lower Middle Fork American River Trip is available on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Our Class 2 Lower Middle Fork American River Trip is available on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Perfect for Young Kids!

The South Fork American River Discovery 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.

We offer 2 different Class 2 trips on the American River, this South Fork American River Lotus Run is scheduled for Sundays, Mondays & Thursdays. For trips on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays please check out our Lower Middle Fork American River Trip.


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.

  • 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
  • Suitable for guests with disabilities
  • Great instructional rafting trip
  • 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
  • Done around Noon

Coming Soon

  • Kids ages 4 and up
  • non-swimmers
  • people with special needs (please contact us prior to booking to guarantee we can accommodate, if not we have partners we can refer you to)
  • great for families & multigeneration

Included with this trip:

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

Required Items:

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


Suggested Items:

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



  • Wallets
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Pets


Meeting Location: 6500 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651

45 minutes East of Sacramento & only 3 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.