2 Day Middle Fork American River Whitewater Rafting Trip
- 18 miles of river
- Class II – IV+ whitewater rapids
- 2 days of whitewater rafting
- One night of Wilderness camping (the night during)
- Four meals (LD/BL)
- Professional fun guides & instruction, river equipment & shuttles
- 2-pax tent & pads
8:00 am: Meet, greet, and sign in with your head guide in Auburn.
8:30 am: Board Mariah Vehicles for the 45-min. drive down to Oxbow Reservoir Put-In.
9:30 am: Launch your boats and begin your river journey. Encounter the Tunnel Chute rapid.
12:00 am: Enjoy a hearty picnic lunch on the river.
12:30-3:30 am: Enjoy an afternoon of Class II-IV rapids, & beautiful scenery.
3:30-4:00 am: Arrive at your overnight riverfront campground.
5:00 am: Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, camaraderie.
6:00 pm: Dinner, dessert, campfire, more camaraderie.
Whenever you want: Fall asleep under the stars, in your own tent or in rented tent.
(Quiet hours start 10:00 pm)
The day begins at 8:00 am when we meet you in Auburn, sign-in, and pack personal gear into our waterproof dry bags; your guides will give you detailed packing instructions, and even a demonstration. About 9:00 AM we board our river shuttle vehicle for the 45-minute drive to the put-in below Oxbow Reservoir. The drive takes us through the small gold-rush town of Foresthill, through beautiful scenery, and down a steep grade to where the river begins its flow.
By 9:30AM we should be at our put-in just below Oxbow Reservoir. We gather together for a thorough 30-minute presentation given by your Head Guide to discuss the safety features of the trip and demonstrate paddle techniques. After, you’ll meet your own guides, then launch boats from camp to begin rafting a fun day of rafting. Today we raft about 10 miles of the Middle Fork. We’ll be on the river early, running the Tunnel Chute and lots of other exciting rapids as well as floating and paddling the calmer stretches of the river.
We stop for a picnic lunch along the way on a large, sandy beach. You will have the opportunity to relax, take a short stroll, and gather energy for the afternoon run.
After lunch there are several good-sized rapids right away: Thread The Needle (Class III+) and Kanaka (big Class IV) will get your adrenalin pumping. While in the calm stretch of river that leads to our overnight camp you may observe lots of birds, including a possible sighting of a golden eagle, and completely forget about your life in the city.
Mid-afternoon we arrive at our wilderness campsite. You will feel like you are in the state of Idaho, this area of the canyon is really beautiful. The guides will set up our kitchen while the guests set up their tents (with help from the guides) and get comfortable. There is plenty of time to take a stroll, pull out your binoculars, take photos, read, or just relax. The evening is spent enjoying a delicious dinner and spinning tales around the campfire.
8:00 am: Enjoy your breakfast prepared by your river guides.
9:00 am: Enjoy peaceful time at camp, pack your gear, oar boat takes all overnight gear to the take-out.
10:00 am: Board rafts and continue downriver enjoying many more rapids and picnic lunch.
2:30-3:30 pm: Arrive at Take-Out, load boats, drive back to your cars in Auburn.
The day begins at 8:00AM with a delicious breakfast, including fresh fruit, cereal, juice, fresh coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.
After a leisurely morning, we board our boats and continue downriver.There are many rapids to run, more beautiful scenery to admire.
We will have you back at your cars in Auburn about 3:00pm-ish.
Our CampgroundWe 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.Very unique to Mariah are our Tent Cabins which are all built on platforms and include deluxe cots, foam pads and deck chairs.Each houses between 2-5 persons with cots, foam pads and deck chairs.
View River Rapids Map