California Whitewater Rafting Trips near San Francisco and Lake Tahoe
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Middle Fork American River California Whitewater Rafting

Middle Fork American River has sparkling clear water and dramatic wilderness canyons resplendent with lush forests. Whitewater rafting on the Middle Fork American River is definitely for you! Postcard-perfect in its natural beauty and ornamented with streams, pools, and waterfalls, the Middle Fork American River runs through the scenic Sierra Foothills of Tahoe National Forest.

Located near the gold rush town of Auburn, CA, the river flows through a narrow canyon where the forested embankments can rise hundreds of feet. In such a setting, Middle Fork American River rafting offers great recreation in the Great Outdoors!

The Thrill of California Whitewater Rafting on the American River

The Middle Fork American River has excitement a level or two higher than the South Fork, and the Middle Fork American River has become one of the most popular choices for all rafters. Families, corporations, older youth groups, honeymooners, and church groups find this river gives them the thrill of rafting that they are looking for! This river was made famous by the California gold miners in their quest for gold. In the 1850s there were hundreds of small hamlets peopled by gold miners from around the world. You’ll see historic remnants of those glorious days throughout the Middle Fork river canyon and see modern-day gold miners trying their luck.

We offer three different types of trips on the Middle Fork of the American River: 1-Day trips, 2-Day trips, and South Fork & Middle Fork Combo trips.


Middle Fork American River Rafting Trip

1 Day Middle Fork Whitewater Rafting Trip

The Middle Fork American and its famous Class IV+ Tunnel Chute rapid is perfect for active first-timers or intermediate rafters in good physical condition. The river flows through a stunning, remote canyon 2,000’ deep with tall, sheer-faced rock walls and lush pine forests. TRIPS OFFERED DAILY.
 

Duration
1 Day
(8:00-4:00)/lunch

Season
May–Sept. 13

Length
18 miles

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2 Day Middle Fork Wilderness Whitewater Rafting

2 Day Middle Fork Wilderness Whitewater Rafting

Enjoy fun and excitement-filled days on this Class 11-IV river, camp on a beautiful beach, and explore side canyons and possibly a waterfall. This overnight trip is amongst the most beautiful rafting-camping experiences in California. We need a minimum of 6 people to do this trip. TRIPS OFFERED MONDAY-TUESDAY, THURSDAY-FRIDAY, SATURDAY-SUNDAY.

Duration
2 Days/1 Night
4 meals

Season
May–Sept. 12

Length
18 miles

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Middle and South Fork 2 Day Middle Fork Wilderness Whitewater Rafting

Combo – Middle & South Fork 2 Days River Rafting

Spend two days whitewater rafting on two different rivers for a total of 29 river miles. Day 1 is the Middle Fork and Day 2 is the South Fork. Hors d’oeuvres, wine-tasting, dinner, and camping is at our South Fork Campground. We also do this trip in reverse. TRIPS OFFERED MONDAY-TUESDAY, THURSDAY-FRIDAY, SATURDAY-SUNDAY.

Duration
2 Days/1 Night
4 meals

Season
May–Sept. 12

Length
18 miles

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