Driving Directions to the American River American River Rafting with OARS

OARS was among the first outfitters to offer American River rafting trips, and more than 50 years later from our riverside Outpost in Lotus, CA, we’re still at it. Today, the American River, which is easily accessible from Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and the San Francisco Bay Area, is considered the epicenter of California whitewater rafting with abundant opportunities for first-timers and experienced paddlers alike.

Whether you’re looking for a day of bouncy, fun in the sun on a South Fork American River rafting trip, you want to spice things up on a Middle Fork of the American River rafting trip, or take on the wild and untamed North Fork of the American River, there’s truly something for everyone.

Rafting on the American River is undoubtedly one of California’s top adventures. From short and sweet half-day trips to two-day getaways, explore your options below, grab your crew, and #LetsGoRafting!

Choose your adventure:

Map of American Rivers in California