The American River in California has become one of the most popular white water rafting runs in the west. Located just 40 minutes from Sacramento and two hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, The American River is easily accessible to all white water enthusiasts. The river runs through three separate forks, offering you a variety of relaxing class II rapids in addition to the more challenging runs.
The South Fork of the American River is the best choice for family white water rafting trips. This portion of the river features a mix of class II rapids along with class III rapids that fun for both families and experienced rafters. Trips on the South For of the American River range from half day to two day white water rafting adventures.
The Middle Fork of the American River is known for its class IV rapids which offer a more challenging course for the more experienced white water rafter. Enjoy spectacular views of the wilderness scenery as you take on the raging rapids.
The North Fork is the most challenging course on the American River. If you’re an experienced or expert white water rafting, then this run is for you. The North Fork is packed with Class IV rapids for the majority of the run. Be prepared to have your adrenaline pumping over every rock, rapid, and roar of the water.
During the summer months the flows become too low for boating, and the North Fork is transformed into a spectacular hiking region. Instead of taking on the rapids you will have the opportunity to hike the challenging canyon trails and beautiful Sierra foothills. Cool off in the refreshing swimming holes that spot the river and provide a great rest stop.
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