American River Rafting Trip

Chamberlain Falls (Class IV+) North Fork of the American River

Available March through May

California Whitewater Rafting

The North Fork of the American - Chamberlain Falls run is a full day rafting trip on a stunning undammed section of river. The river flows freely through many miles of wilderness before it meets you at the put in. The flow changes every day; sometimes the river is a muddy frothy beast throwing the raft like useless flotsam down toward the sea; other days, the crystal clear waters meander rapidly through a seemingly endless obstacle course. 

This river trip isn't for the faint of heart! Imagine, just a quarter mile downstream from the put-in, an ancient landslide chokes an already narrow canyon. A giant dead tree trunk hangs over a must-make slot. Scattered boulders encumber the line of sight so much that your guide is relying on memory and instinct to navigate. And that's just the beginning, for this is the gateway to a consistent section of whitewater with big name features like Chamberlain Falls, Tongue & Groove, Zig Zag, Achilles Heel, Bogus Thunder, The Wall, Grand Slalom, and Staircase.

All days on the North Fork are excellent. If the water is fast, we may pull over and hike up a creek, or lounge in the sun on rocks to warm up. If the water is slow, we drift with the current, enjoying its hypnotic effect. On all trips we stop for lunch somewhere along the way.

This adventure is only available in the winter and spring so if you are itching to experience the beautiful and exhilarating North Fork of the American, call now on 530 622 5110 or e-mail

Minimum age: 15  years old

All participants; must be in good health and have a good level of  fitness.

Check in: Depends on river flows.

Check in: Depends on river flows.

Please call 530 622 5110 or e-mail to confirm availability for the dates you would like to go. Custom two days are available if you would like to camp with us. Check out our Class III two day here to see what is provided

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  • Lunch is included

  • Parking and use fees at Camp Lotus are included

  • All government fees are included

  • Tax is included

  • It may be necessary for you to rent a wet suit from a local supplier that we will arrange for you. This price does not include wetsuit rental.

Price is per person. Guide gratuity not included.