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California Whitewater Rafting
Trips on the American River
Since 1982, as one of the original of the California white water rafting trips companies, Mariah Wilderness Expeditions has explored all the best river destinations for rafting in California. We’re proud to say that we offer half-day to three-day whitewater adventures on six different California rivers, including the American River, as well as trips for the beginner, more eager, and very experienced rafter.
CHOOSE YOUR AMERICAN RIVER, OR OTHER CALIFORNIA WHITEWATER RAFTING TRIP
Did you know that white water rafting on the American River and Sacramento are less than 40 miles apart, San Francisco is only 2.5 hours away, and Lake Tahoe is 2 hours away. The Merced and the Tuolumne are near Yosemite. The Kings is near Fresno.
We offer nearly a dozen different rafting trips on the classic " Entrance Level", Class III South Fork American River. The Middle Fork American river is our "Intermediate Level", Class II-IV+ river. Advanced rafters will enjoy the Class IV+ North Fork American River. If you are traveling in Yosemite, hop on the Class III-IV Merced River that winds through pine forests and a deep gorge. The Class III Kings River is a high desert river whose banks are lined with cottonwood trees. The Class IV Tuolumne River is another classic, considered to have one of the top ten rapids in the United States. The Upper Tuolumne known as Cherry Creek is a solid Class V.
Take advantage of our large, comfortable base camp on the shores of the South Fork American River and enjoy an evening of wine tasting during hors d'oeuvres and dinner, gather around the campfire and sleep under the stars, or in one of our unique tent-cabins; play volleyball, horseshoes and Ping-Pong, and enjoy a hot shower. Special Family Vacations, and special Winery Tour and Rafting trips are fun and exciting. Our Family with Kids trips are super fun for kids, and they get to come for half-price.
South Fork American – Two-Day Trips
Raft the historic Class III river where the California Gold Rush of 1849 began! Enjoy two days of moderate yet exciting California white water rafting, delicious meals with wine tasting during hors d’oeuvres, comfortable camping, and peaceful reflection as you gaze at a star-studded night sky.
South Fork Two-Day Family Trips
Join other families every Monday-Tuesday and every Thursday-Friday for this unique outdoor adventure. We offer a discount of half price for children age 16 years and younger! Camping and meals are provided.
Whitewater Rafting and Wineries Tour
Tour several wineries in El Dorado County's wine country on your first day, and spend the next day enjoying California whitewater rafting, all within 2.5 hours of San Francisco. This combination of relaxation and adventure is perfect for those of you appreciate the unique.
Middle Fork Wilderness 2 Day Trips
Enjoy fun and excitement-filled days on this Class IV river. Camp on a beautiful beach, explore side canyons and possibly a waterfall. This overnight trip is among the most beautiful rafting-camping experiences in California. We require a minimum of 12 people in order to conduct this trip.
American River White Water Rafting
California’s American River has become one of the most popular whitewater rafting destinations in the United States. The American River is divided into three separate forks, each forming its own river and offering its own unique features. The South Fork American is 21 miles long and excellent as an introductory-intermediate river. The Middle Fork American is 18 miles long and is well known for its intermediate-level rapids, including the famous Tunnel Chute. The North Fork American is 9 miles long and is suitable for experienced rafters.
RAVE REVIEWS FOR MARIAH WILDERNESS EXPEDITIONS!See what our guests say about whitewater rafting California
“The ladies in the reservation office were absolutely amazing! Very patient and kind ladies! Their customer service and thriving for customer satisfaction is excellent and they should definitely be recognized for it! The email I was sent after the reservation was short, simple, yet detailed enough to remind me what to bring and where exactly to meet.
Our guide, Marc, was very experienced and made it look like white water rafting is such a breeze!! Awesome guide and he kept our energies up and our conversations going which was quite difficult because all of us running on one hour sleep. Besides that…he was a great instructor.
The trip was better than I ever expected! Thank you to the amazing staff at Mariah! I will definitely be booking with you guys very soon for my next trip.”
--Middle Fork, 6/15/13.