whitewater rafting on South Fork American RiverThe South Fork of the American River offers lively, exciting whitewater rapids from April through Labor Day. The South Fork is California’s most popular whitewater rafting river. It’s wild, wet and fun for all ages!

Commercial whitewater rafting outfitters offer a wide variety of river experiences. Looking for wilderness camping? Bed and breakfast? Budget brown bag lunch? Fine wines and gourmet meals? Half-day or two-day overnight? Bus from Sacramento, the Bay Area, South Lake Tahoe, Reno, or even Los Angeles? Prices vary a lot depending on the amenities, so shop until you find what best suits your group. Please contact the outfitters directly to get more information and make your reservations.

What you can expect from any outfitter is to provide experienced guides and all the necessary equipment, including rafts, paddles, and life jackets. You’ll need to bring sunscreen, rugged “wettable” clothes, old tennis shoes, a hat that can be tied to your head, and a gung-ho attitude. See our Gearing Up page for more information.

Whitewater Rafting Outfitters

  • Adventure-Connection
    Adventure Connection

    Safe, affordable 1/2, 1 and 2-day trips suitable for kids 7-75. Call this morning and be rafting this afternoon. (800) 556-6060

  • WET River Trips
    WET River Trips

    California Whitewater rafting W.E.T. River Trips since 1978 with professional guides on American River. Call: 888.723.8938 for reservations or questions. Like Us! Facebook.com/wetrivertrips 888 RAFT-WET, 888-723-8938

  • All Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting
    All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting

    One of California’s few original outfitters with over 50 years experience rafting ten California rivers. More people choose All-Outdoors making us the largest, most experienced outfitter on the American Rivers. 800-247-2387

  • Tributary-Whitewater-Tours
    Tributary Whitewater Tours

    Whitewater rafting on the 3 forks of the American River and many others. Special trips where kids raft half-price and other discounts available. Express runs to 3+ days. April-September. 800-672-3846

  • O.A.R.S.-Whitewater-Rafting
    O.A.R.S. American River Rafting

    Since 1969, O.A.R.S. has set the unforgettable standard in whitewater rafting adventures on over 35 rivers of the world. 1/2-day to 3 day trips in California range from easy to epic. 800-346-6277

  • Mother Lode River Center
    Mother Lode River Trips

    Celebrating 40 years of leadership in Whitewater Rafting and stewardship on the American River. Enjoy our zip-line at the premier multi-sport River Center on the West Coast. 530-626-4187

  • American-Whitewater-Expeditions
    American Whitewater Expeditions

    Offering fun, exciting, rafting adventures on 3 Forks of the American River since 1980. Best value guaranteed! 1/2 , 1 and 2 day trips include camping, pool and Wi-Fi. Generous Discounts. 800-825-3205, 530-642-0804

  • ARTA River Trips
    ARTA River Trips

    Friendly guides, healthy food, family style non-profit since 1963. We run fantastic river trips on the best rivers in the West. 1-3 day trips in California. 800-323-2782

  • American River Recreation logo
    American River Recreation

    Providing high quality rafting trips since 1979. We offer trips for all skill levels. Family friendly floats start at just $55. Same day reservations welcomed. 1/4-day to 4-day trips available. 800-333-7238, 530-622-6802

  • Beyond Limits whitewater rafting
    Beyond Limits Adventures

    Our fabulous riverfront camp resort provides the most deluxe rafting experience in the west. We specialize in custom itineraries. Prices start at $65 pp, groups of 6 or more get a 20% discount. 800-234-7238

  • Whitewater-Excitement
    Whitewater Excitement

    American River Rafting Specialists since 1978. Half day trips from $79. Family friendly. 1/2 day to 3-day trips available from mild to wild. 800-750-2386

  • Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC)
    Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC)

    Opens the beauty and challenge of the great outdoors to people with disabilities, youth, families, and supportive businesses. Every year, more than 1,000 people join ETC rafting trips on the South Fork of the American River. (415) 474-7662 x15, (530) 642-8189

  • Earthtrek Expeditions American River Rafting
    EarthTrek Expeditions

    Mild to wild whitewater rafting trips American River since 1977. Beautiful private river front camp with grass lawn, game areas and large deluxe cabin tents. Generous group and family discounts. 800-229-8735

  • Mariah Wilderness Expeditions
    Mariah Wilderness Expeditions

    Full Service Adventure Planners for ½-3 day Whitewater Rafting Trips on the South Fork & Middle Fork of the American River. Trips for families, friends, companies and youth. 800-462-7424 or 530-626-6049

  • Whitewater-Connection
    Whitewater Connection

    Whitewater Connection offers exciting 1/2-day, one-day and 2-day whitewater trips for beginners to advanced paddlers. Beautiful scenery, best river front campground in the valley! An abundance of FUN! 800-336-7238

  • Action Whitewater Adventures

    We have new gear, an amazing international staff, and we love what we do. Youth specialists. 1-7 day excursions. 888-922-8466

  • River Runners

    There really is a difference, let us show you! Customer Centered and Family Friendly Whitewater Rafting. 800-818-7238

  • Rock-N-Water-Christian Adventure Camp

    Christian Adventure Camp designed for youth groups. An assortment of 1 to 5 day adventures. 800-738-0555

  • Rubicon Whitewater Adventures

    Rubicon believes in direct passenger participation during your river adventure. Whitewater rafting specialists since 1972. 707-887-2452 or 707-477-4037

whitewater rafting on the South Fork American River