American River rafting trips are available on the South, Middle and Nork Forks. Each fork is distinctly different in all regards; scenery, level of difficulty, length and trip options.
South Fork of the American River (Class III):
The South Fork American River is the most popular introductory river in California. It is suitable for beginners while still satisfying for experienced rafters.
Middle Fork of the American River (Class III-IV):
The Middle Fork of the American is a true wilderness river. In the solitude of this beautiful 2000′ deep rugged canyon, there are numerous Class III & IV rapids, peaceful calms, abundant wildlife and more than a dozen historical sites from the Gold Rush era.
North Fork of the American River (Class IV+):
The free flowing North Fork American river is the most difficult of the three forks, rated advanced Class IV+. It flows through a 2000′ deep canyon with lush foliage extending from high on the canyon ridges.
Go Rafting with A Commercial Outfitter in California
All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting is one of the original California outfitters. With over 45 years of experience they are also one of the most respected rafting outfitters in California. They were recommended by Lonely Planet in California Trips, 2009. All-Outdoors runs trips on the South Fork, Middle Fork, and North Fork of the American River.
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More About Rafting on the American Rivers
Located in the heart of Gold Country, the American River canyons offer diversity…classic scenery, narrow rocky gorges, peaceful calms, and numerous rapids. American River rafting is comprised of three sections, the North Fork, Middle Fork and South Fork. The American River canyons are considered the most popular rafting destinations in California.
American River rafting trips are easily accessible from the San Francisco Bay area, with drive times ranging between 2 – 3 hrs. The American Rivers are the most popular whitewater rafting rivers in California. Rafting is generally available from April through October on the South and Middle Forks and during April & May on the North Fork American. The three forks of the American River range from Class II – Class IV+ with half, one, two and three day trips available.