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South Fork | North 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
  • Class IV North Fork American River rafting provides extreme whitewater action
  • Raft Chamberlain Falls with a crashing 8-foot drop, along with Achilles Heel & Bogus Thunder
  • FREE camping, showers & restrooms available at O.A.R.S. River Park Adventure Campground
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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 Weekdays!

$358 Weekends

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 with pad, pillow & sheet): $25/person for up to 3 nights
  • 2-Person Tent: $30 for up to 3 nights
  • 4-Person Family Tent: $50 for up to 3 nights
  • 2-Person Pre-set Platform Tent (with 2 cots & sleep kits): $100/night + tax (Special! only $50 for additional night)

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


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

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Combine rafting the South Fork American River with our North Fork American rafting trip for a one-of-a-kind California rafting adventure!


The gently sloping golden hills, deep green woodlands, rocky gorges and early-season wildflowers deliver an American River rafting trip that serves as an ideal training ground for rafters moving up in paddling dexterity. The South Fork American River is California’s most popular rafting destination with fun, easy-to-handle Class II-III whitewater rapids, gold rush history and beautiful wilderness scenery. The un-dammed North Fork American River provides incredibly scenic Class IV excitement as runoff from the Sierra Nevada snowmelt thunders with a vengeance through the towering 2000-foot canyon walls. Surrounded by blankets of green grass, colorful wildflowers and black oak and pine forests, this is a "do not miss" in early-season California rafting adventures!

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

  • Your 2-Day South Fork / North 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
  • Back 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
  • Following a hearty breakfast the next morning, we transfer to the North Fork American for a day of Class IV excitement
  • The North Fork begins with tumultuous river action which starts immediately as the rafts enter Chamberlain Falls Gorge. Class IV rapids and the crashing 8-foot Chamberlain Falls provide a surefire surge of adrenaline
  • Zig-Zag, Achilles Heal and Bogus Thunder are among the continuous steep drops and boulder slaloms we negotiate
  • After several miles of aggressive paddling through some of the state’s best whitewater, the end of the Class IV section nears, but not before facing Staircase, the river's most infamous rapid
  • Float through a breathtaking exhibit of the Sierra Nevada's striking scenery between towering 2000-foot canyon walls of polished granite, clear water, spring-green grasses, deep woods and brightly colored wildflowers
  • At take-out on Upper Lake Clementine, a shuttle waits to take us back to our vehicles for the conclusion of our North Fork American River Rafting trip

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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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“Loved the Class IV rapids! Our guides did an excellent job. We had a blast and I don't think we could have ever made it out of "The Toaster" without swimming if it weren't for Ryan's knowledge and expertise. Top notch job guys!”
Phil Crosby ~ Newbury Park, CA

"The river was great, the food was great, and the staff was the best. The tri-tip steak dinner was amazing."
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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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