California Whitewater Rafting Trips near San Francisco and Lake Tahoe
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North Fork American River 1-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

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Departures: Daily  8:00am-4:00pm (Time varies depending on day of week – Check your invoice), April through June. Length of season depends on snow pack & how fast the snow melts.

Trip Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced Class IV-IV+

Who Should Go: Novice & experienced, Ages 14-97

Type of Raft: Paddle boat, 6 paddlers plus a professional guide

Price Range: $139-$169

  • plus 8% River Use Fee
  • Group rates are available

Not Included: 8% River Use Fee, gratuities and wetsuit rental ($20 or you are welcome to bring your own)


An hour north of Sacramento, on your way to Reno, the Class IV North Fork of the American River has some of the best technical whitewater rafting in California.

This 1 Day North Fork American River Rafting Trip is perfect for those of you looking for a one-day trip on a Class IV-V  river.

If you are looking to extend your adventure after the North Fork American River Rafting Trip please consider camping with us an extra night, either before or after your trip. If we already have a dinner or breakfast on the schedule you are welcome to join us. The additional camping and meals are for a small add-on price.

  • Trip Includes

    • LENGTH OF RIVER: 10 miles of river, Iowa Hill Bridge to Ponderosa Bridge, fun, safe whitewater rafting
    • TIME ON RIVER: 2-4 hours, depending on river flow, with time for lunch on the river
    • MEALS: Lunch
    • GUIDES, EQUIPMENT, AMENITIES: Professional, highly experienced, fun guides, instruction, river equipment & shuttles to/from Auburn
    • Wet suit & booties (which are required on all North Fork trips), plus a spray jacket — a savings of $20
    • Our Campground

      We have a beautiful campground, large and spacious.There are lots of trees which means that there are many sites that can accommodates groups of all sizes. Spend the night in one of our Tent Cabins which are all built on platforms and most include deluxe cots, foam pads and deck chairs. Each houses between 2-5 persons.
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    The Evening Before Your Trip!
    Camping at our South Fork of the American River Campground this night is not included in the price of your trip. However, we invite you to join us for a small additional fee. If you camp with us the night prior to your trip, we request that you come anytime after 5:00pm. Our Camp Host will greet you, give you any rentals you have reserved, and show you where you may camp. There are several nice restaurants nearby where you may enjoy a lovely dinner. Our Camp Host will be on duty from 5:00pm – 9:00pm; however, you may come after 9:00pm, just have your flashlight handy.