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 this secluded river canyon is ornamented with streams, pools, and waterfalls. The Middle Fork American River is located in the Auburn State Recreational Area and the dam controlled flows from the Tahoe National Forest.

The Thrill of California Whitewater Rafting on the American River

For 1+ days on the Class IV run: The Middle Fork American River is suitable for adventurous fist timers and return rafters. Swimming skills are required and our min. age for kids is 12 years old (and must meet height/weight requirements). This river was made famous by the California gold miners in their quest for gold. In the 1850s there were hundreds of small communities along the riverbanks, 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.

For the Class 2 sections downstream: We offer several whitewater rafting trips on the Middle Fork of the American River. 1 day, overnight wilderness trips, American River combo trips, and even a 1/2 day Lower Middle Fork American River Class 2 run perfect for young kids and families!

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 one of the most beautiful rafting-camping experiences in California. TRIPS OFFERED MONDAY-TUESDAY, THURSDAY-FRIDAY, SATURDAY-SUNDAY. Please contact us if you want another date.

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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Lower Middle Fork American River Rafting

This is a 1/2 day trip that is suitable for all ages 4+! We welcome families and all generations on this wilderness rafting trip. Meeting in the afternoon in Auburn, CA this Class 2 whitewater trip is 7 miles long. We stop along the way for a side hike (seasonal), riverside picnic (bring your own snacks), and blackberry picking (also seasonal). Combo this with the South Fork American River for an overnight rafting and camping family vacation!

Duration
1/2 – 2days

Season
May–Sept.

Length
7 miles

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