River rafting is thrilling but it isn’t just the thrill that is important; it is the quietness, the distance from distraction, and the value of being together on the river
— John K

One Day American River Rafting Adventure

Gorge (Class III)

South Fork American Rocks!

Available March 1st through to September 30th

Raft California's most popular river!

As soon as you hear the sound of your paddle hitting the water you will be glad you signed up for this adventure. Starting in the beautiful Coloma Valley this full day adventure begins with a fun class 2 stretch before lunch giving  you time to relax, play, swim or experience adventurous antics depending on your tastes. Your guides will prepare a fresh deli style lunch that will leave you satisfied and ready for the adventure ahead. After lunch you will have time to digest before hitting the class 3 gorge. The gorge is an exciting and beautiful place where the river has carved through rock deep below the chaparral covered hill sides forming incredibly fun rapids. If you are lucky you may see a great blue heron, a bald eagle, deer and sometimes even mink, beaver and river otter. 

Officially the South Fork is rated Class III, but we rate it Class Awesome. Knowing the river really well allows us to experiment and explore. We've been rafting the South Fork  of the American River for years now, and it just never gets old. There's always a new place to investigate. There's always a new thrill to enjoy.

Check in at 9am (subject to change) at the River Runners site in Camp Lotus, 5461 Bassi Road, Lotus California, 95651.

Check out may vary depending on the needs of the group and the level of the river but is usually 6pm.

  • Lunch is included

  • Parking and use fees at Camp Lotus are included

  • All government fees are included

  • Tax is included

Price is per person. Guide gratuity not included.  

You can book online here by either paying the full amount or a deposit. You will be prompted to enter your dates and other information when you click 'purchase'.

Be sure to reserve your trip as soon as possible as dates do sell out. 

If you have any questions or would like to book over the phone, give us a call and we will be happy to help! 530-622-5110.

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Deposit - Gorge - One Day

If you want to secure your space now but don’t want to pay the full amount yet you can pay a deposit:

  • A Deposit of $50 per person will be accepted to secure your reservation for a 1 Day South Fork Adventure

  • This deposit is not refundable or eligible for trip credit but you can transfer the deposit to another member of your group who has not yet paid a deposit


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Balance - Gorge - One Day (Class III)

Your balance is due 30 days before your trip. Please pay your balance here or call us on 530-622-5110.

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