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Mariah Guest Jumping into the South Fork American River
Middle Fork American River Rafting
Middle Fork American River Rafting
Middle Fork American River Rafting
South Fork American River Rafting
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California American River White Water Rafting!
For white water rafting near Sacramento, we’re just a short drive away!

Since 1982, as one of the original of the California white water rafting companies on the American River, Mariah Wilderness Expeditions has explored all the best river destinations for white water rafting California. We’re proud to say that we have led half-day to three-day white water rafting  adventures on the South Fork AmericanMiddle Fork AmericanNorth Fork AmericanMercedKings and Tuolumne rivers. Now you experience the excitement of California white water rafting, too.

  • Mariah Wilderness Expeditions has been rafting for over 31 years
  • Experienced, professional, passionate & fun-loving river guides
  • We offer whitewater river trips on 7 different California rivers
  • We are highly recommended by our rafting customers; we Have 65 Yelp reviews
  • Our South Fork riverside campground is one of the largest on the river
  • Our reservation office staff offers warm, personalized, and efficient service
  • A woman owned company

Discover American River Whitewater rafting !

Did you know that white water rafting and Sacramento are less than 40 miles apart? An easy drive from the city, awesome white water rafting adventures await you! Mariah Wilderness Expeditions will guide you around California’s exciting and beautiful, easy to advanced-level whitewater rafting rivers, each offering distinctive scenery and challenges.

We offer nearly a dozen different rafting trips on the classic Class III South Fork American River, including half-day, one-day, and overnight trips. Family Rafting, and Winery Touring and Rafting, are also available. Choose from three different trips on the Class II-IV+ Middle Fork American. Advanced rafters may 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, gathering around the campfire and sleeping under the stars. Relax in one of our unique tent-cabins, play volleyball, horseshoes and Ping-Pong, and enjoy a hot shower.

Watch The Gorge Run South Fork American River Video
Watch The Chili Bar South Fork American River Video

OUR MISSION is to provide a safe and supportive environment in which our guests can increase their self-confidence and strengths, learn more about nature, and just have fun! Our guides, drivers, office staff and river support staff each contribute to this goal. Our 31 years of experience, skills and wisdom help us in our endeavor to make your vacation the best!

Popular Trips
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.

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.

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.