Raft the American with Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada at the Outpost

Climbing in the Sierra Nevada mountains, that’s where Ken Grossman’s idea took shape: build a brewery. Naming it would be easy. 

Since 1980, Chico, CA-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has been inspired by the outdoors, from label designs and Death Rides to next-level sustainability programs. They’re no doubt ready for this river adventure—one that’s just beyond their backyard. 

Raft, BBQ & #GoSummerWithSierra

Sierra Gorge Run

Join us Saturday, July 23rd for a one-day guided rafting adventure down California’s South Fork of the American River. Just an hour east of Sacramento, or an hour-and-a half-from South Lake Tahoe, this trip is a great way to get outside. We will meet you at the OARS American River Outpost at 11:00 AM and head down to the river, where fun splashy Class II rapids will get you warmed up before stopping for lunch by the side of the river.  After lunch it will be time to descend into the Gorge where we will take on the adrenaline-inducing Class III rapids of the Gorge.

Sierra Nevada Dinner

Once we get back to the Outpost you’ll have time to shower, change into some comfy clothes, set up a tent if you plan to stay overnight, and wander over to Upper Camp where our friends from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will be waiting for you with an awesome lineup of this year’s summer brews.

Crack open a cold one to celebrate your river adventure and relax in camp or play games while a savory meal is prepared for you. And if it wasn’t already awesome enough, you can sleep well knowing Sierra Nevada is donating $20 per person to the Pam & George Wendt Foundation to help provide under-resourced youth with outdoor adventure experiences! All you have to do is show up ready ready for adventure with OARS and tasty brews from Sierra Nevada – The Official Beer of Camping.

What’s included?

  • Skilled, professional guide service
  • High-quality inflatable rafts and related river equipment including paddle, helmet, and personal flotation device
  • Transportation from the take out back to our campground on the American River
  • Riverside lunch, happy hour, and BBQ dinner with appetizers
  • Two drink tickets (additional tickets available for a $5 donation)


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Learn more about the South Fork of the American River