Length: 21 miles, 1/2 - 2 Days
Difficulty: Class III, Intermediate
Minimum Age: 7 or older during high water

Califoria River Adventures offers 2 day, 1 day, and 1/2 day rafting trips on the South Fork American River, allowing us to match any trip with your time and budget. All of our trips on the South Fork American River are operated by Beyond Limits Adventures, Inc., well regarding as the finest rafting company in California.

The South Fork American River is the most popular rafting river in the western United States, and for good reason too. With close proximity to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and The San Francisco Bay Area, it makes for an easy day or weekend trip with California River Adventures.

The South Fork offers 2 distinct semi-wilderness river canyons filled with exciting class II and III rapids, making this a perfect trip for first-timers and experienced rafters alike.

The rapids are perfect for large groups with varying abilities and can accommodate families with children as young as 7 years old. With upstream hydro-power dams, the South Fork American River receives dependable recreational flows all year long, giving this river the longest rafting season (April - October) in California..

Water flows in the South Fork American River are determined by hydroelectric facilities located upstream, and are not subject to control by El Dorado County or commercial companies operating under permits from the County.

South Fork American River Trips

South Fork American River - 1 Day Rafting Trip
This trip is great for large groups and families. With easy logistics and plenty of class II and III rapids, your day will be filled with fun on the river.
South Fork American River - 2 Day Rafting Trip
The 2 Day trip is a great way to get away from it all. You will raft the entire 21 miles of the South Fork American River while stopping overnight at a beautiful beach resort that is great for swimming, fishing, or just plain relaxing.
South Fork American River - 1/2 Day Gorge
The 1/2 Day Lower Gorge Trip is perfect for groups with mixed abilities. Those leaning towards the cautious will be at ease knowing that there is a class II warm-up section for all the crew to get their feet wet. Those looking to experience the thrill of the class III rapids will find it during the final portion of the trip as the boats enter the South Fork Gorge.