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South Fork American River Location: American River, CA View trip details

The river, of course, was the star, but the trip was made excellent due to the company organization and the three guides that knocked it out of the canyons when it came to professionalism, work ethic and great attitude. Would recommend a trip like this to all who were interested in a river adventure. Leave your cell phones in the car and get connected to family, friends and nature. Well done, OARS and our guide team – thank you.

The perfect balance between feeling like you were on an adventure and being taken care of, particularly by the guides during the trip.

Where do I even begin – everything was amazing. The food was incredible. The guides were very knowledgeable and we always felt super safe in their hands. They always went above and beyond expectations in every regard.

A woman in a yellow inflatable kayak paddles on the river.

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