Group of adults rafting on the South Fork American River prepare for big splash

Company Outings & Board Retreats


If your organization is looking for an all-inclusive and remarkably memorable company outing or board retreat, there’s no better venue than a river trip.

While traditional team-building activities and meetings certainly have their place, there’s something uniquely transformative about taking your team out of the office and into the great outdoors on a river trip.

But don’t take our word for it. Some of the best minds in the world from Amazon, Google, Meta, Grayl, Mighty Arrow Foundation, American Rivers, Sierra Club, Stanford, and many other organizations, have entrusted OARS with their group outings. A leader in whitewater rafting and adventure travel since 1969, we excel at providing corporate groups, non-profit boards, and business leaders a team-bonding experience that will truly resonate. 


Whether it’s a 1-day or multi-day adventure, we guarantee a quality trip tailored to fit your group’s needs and experience level. Join OARS for your next group outing and discover how a river trip can enrich your company culture and advance business goals.

Half- and Full-Day Team Building Trips on the American River

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Give your team the chance to step outside the office, unwind and have a blast together on California’s popular American River. In addition to a day of fun in the sun, a whitewater rafting trip on the South Fork or Middle Fork of the American River with OARS naturally provides the perfect setting for team building. 

Your group will learn to paddle in unison, actively listen and respond to your guide, and collaborate together to reach a common goal, all while building trust, mitigating conflict, and communicating in new ways. It’s an experience that helps teams gain new perspectives, while also fostering deeper bonds and camaraderie. 

Conveniently located near Sacramento and a short drive from the Bay Area, our American River Outpost is an ideal venue for groups of up to 200 people.

Choose from either a ½-day, 1-day, or multi-day package, and join us for an unforgettable river experience. 

Group rafting packages include:

  • Discounts up to 20%
  • Top-notch professional and personable guides
  • Mouth-watering riverside picnic lunch (full-day trips only)
  • Highest-quality rafts and equipment 
  • Tent camping or deluxe cabin tent accommodations available

Contact our Group Sales Coordinator at (209) 753-4786 to start planning your group adventure on the American River today!

“We were looking for an experience where we could bring our board members and advisors to a space with uninterrupted time together for deeper discussions about our foundation’s mission and future. The overnight river trip far exceeded our expectations for the creative thinking and relationships that came out of the time together. The OARS team took care of everything! They were excellent guides as we stepped outside our comfort zones and disconnected from our busy lives to better connect with each other and our purpose for working together.”

Jordana Barrack, Executive Director of Mighty Arrow Family Foundation

Multi-day River Trips: A Different Kind of Off-site Retreat

Executives and leaders from all over the U.S. have discovered that a multi-day river trip is a surprisingly ideal setting for company retreats and board meetings. On the river, team members have the opportunity to disconnect from digital distractions and immerse themselves fully in the present moment. Whether it’s brainstorming new ideas while floating downstream or problem-solving around the campfire, the open air and natural surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for a fresh and productive collaboration. 

Not to mention, spending time outdoors and on a multi-day river trip provides a much-needed opportunity for everyone to recharge and rejuvenate. By immersing your team in the natural beauty of the outdoors, you create an environment where teamwork thrives, productivity soars, connections deepen and wellbeing flourishes. 

OARS holds the most diverse portfolio of river permits in the Western U.S. and offers a number of multi-day whitewater rafting trips that are primed for company outings and board retreats—everything from a short and scenic trip on California’s Tuolumne River to an immersive 6-day adventure on Idaho’s Main Salmon River

On any trip with us, you can expect top-notch equipment, delicious meals, and some of the best guides in the industry providing your team with a trip they’ll never forget. Take the plunge and embark on an adventure that will elevate your team to new heights of achievement and fulfillment.

Contact our Group Sales Coordinator at (209) 753-4786 to start planning an unforgettable on-river retreat. Ask us about group rates!

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