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South Fork | Middle Fork American River Rafting Combo

2 Days from $321
Trip Highlights
  • South Fork American River rafting trips are perfect for families & groups
  • Paddle exciting Class III rapids like Fowler’s Rock, Satan's Cesspool & Hospital Bar
  • Middle Fork American River rafting trip includes an underground rapid called Tunnel Chute
  • Class IV whitewater rapids like Chunder, Parallel Parking, Texas Chainsaw Mama & Final Exam
  • FREE camping, showers & restrooms available at O.A.R.S. River Park Adventure Campground
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The season runs May - September.


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Thursday, Saturday & Sunday May through September
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O.A.R.S. River Park Adventure Campground

7330 River Park Drive, Lotus, CA  95651

38.806327, -120.903538

Adjacent to where Hwy 49 crosses the river, behind Hotshot Imaging and the River Park shopping center

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Price

20% Discount for Groups of 12 or More! (call for details)

$321 Thursday!
$358 Saturday
$340 Sunday

Deposit: $60

Additional Costs:
$16 per person federal, state and local access fees

Ask about our free camping for rafters!*

Rental Options:

  • Sleep Kit (sleeping bag, pad, pillow & sheet): $25 per person for up to 2 nights
  • 2-Person Tent: $30 for up to 2 nights
  • 4-Person Family Tent: $50 for up to 2 nights
  • 2-Person Pre-set Platform Tent (with 2 cots & sleep kits):
    Monday - Thursday: $85 per night
    Friday & Saturday: $100 per night

*Camping for non-rafters: $10 per person per night


River Rating Minimum Age
Class III - IV14 (16 during high water)
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American River Rafting Combo - South Fork | Middle Fork: Overview

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Combine a South Fork American River rafting trip with a Middle Fork American trip for the ultimate 2-day California rafting adventure through the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills of California’s scenic gold country. Our South Fork & Middle Fork American River Combo, which begins on the fun Class III South Fork of the American River, then steps up to a day of aggressive paddling through action-packed Class IV whitewater on the Middle Fork of the American River offers more river miles than any other 2-day river rafting trip in the state.

American River Rafting Combo - South Fork | Middle Fork: Itinerary at a Glance

  • Your 2-Day South Fork | Middle Fork American River Combo trip begins at the private O.A.R.S. River Park Adventure Campground where we board rafts for a day of fun and sun
  • The river spills through the narrow granite walls of the Gorge bringing the challenge of some of the biggest, most exciting whitewater on the South Fork, including Fowler's Rock, Satan's Cesspool and Hospital Bar
  • Take a swim or a shower; join a game of volleyball or horseshoes while dinner is prepared
  • At camp, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cold drinks before a scrumptious evening meal
  • After dinner perhaps a cheerful campfire will encourage a gathering filled with conversation, stories and laughter
  • After a hearty continental breakfast, we transfer to the Middle Fork American for a day of Class IV excitement
  • Aptly named Good Morning, a big-wave Class III rapid gets our blood flowing and hearts pumping on our Middle Fork American River rafting trip through the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • The ominous roar of famous Tunnel Chute is the presage that we hear before the river rushes downward 25 feet through a man-made chute and tunnel
  • The river changes considerably, meandering over several miles of calm water allowing us the opportunity to rest while gazing at the beautiful scenery
  • Steep walls covered in pine forests plunge down into the boulder-strewn river in the heart of Auburn State Recreation Area in the American River Canyon
  • A delicious deli-style picnic is served riverside
  • Paddle through the flat-water section and prepare for another long stretch of continuous whitewater action
  • An intense Class IV drop, Chunder, provides thrills and chills before a portage around the roaring 35-foot Ruck-A-Chucky Falls
  • The day winds down with another mile and a half of great whitewater - Parallel Parking, Texas Chainsaw Mama and Final Exam
  • Transfer back to our vehicles and return to civilization for the conclusion of our South Fork / Middle Fork American River rafting trip

20% Discount for Groups of 12 or More!
Call 1.800.446.7238 or 1.209.736.2597

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From Sacramento on U.S. Hwy 50

Follow Hwy 50 east toward Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. Take the Ponderosa Rd exit (Exit #37), turn left onto Ponderosa/S. Shingle Rd and cross over the freeway. At the second stop light, take the right turn on N. Shingle Rd toward Coloma/Lotus.

After about 4.5 miles N. Shingle Rd turns into Lotus Rd—continue going straight for about 6 more miles. As you approach Lotus, pass through the town’s first stop sign and continue to the 3-way stop sign intersection with Hwy 49. Turn left onto Hwy 49 (north) and cross the bridge over the South Fork of the American. Right after crossing the river, you will see the “River Park” shopping center on the left, with signs for Hotshot Imaging. Please use the center’s second entrance, where a left-turn lane is provided at River Park Dr. Look to the back of the center, where you will see the entrance to our River Park Adventure Campground.

From South Lake Tahoe

Take Hwy 50 west to Placerville. Turn right on Hwy 49 (north) and follow the directions from Placerville listed below.

From Placerville

Proceed north on winding Hwy 49 for about 9.5 miles (about 20—25 minutes) through the town of Coloma. Just past Coloma and the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, cross the bridge over the South Fork of the American. Right after crossing the river, you will see the “River Park” shopping center on the left, with signs for Hotshot Imaging. Please use the center’s second entrance, where a left-turn lane is provided at River Park Dr. Look to the back of the center, where you will see the entrance to our campground.

From Reno, Nevada/North Lake Tahoe:

Take Interstate 80 west to Auburn. Take Hwy 49 south from Auburn for about 17 miles (about 30 minutes), arriving in the Coloma/Lotus area. After passing through Lotus’ 3-way stop sign (intersection with Marshall Grade Rd), continue past the gas station and look for us behind the “River Park” shopping center on the right. Before Hotshot Imaging’s building, turn right onto River Park Dr and look for the entrance to our campground in the back of the retail center.

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Many people enjoy the time saved by flying into Sacramento, which is accessed my most major airlines. A variety of car rental companies are available at the airport.

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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

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