American Whitewater Expeditions

American Whitewater Expeditions

American Whitewater Expeditions
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
American Whitewater Expeditions is the premier whitewater rafting company in California on the American River, providing rafters with first class trips since 1980. Our goal has always been to provide high quality rafting adventures that are exciting, relaxing and, most importantly, lots of FUN!The American River has become a popular destination for whitewater rafting enthusiasts in California. Due to their close proximity to several major California cities including San Francisco, San Jose, Fremont, Sacramento, Reno, and South Lake Tahoe, rafting on any one of our guided trips is an exciting vacation option.American Whitewater Expeditions offers fun and relaxing trips forindividuals, families, friends, and groups of all sizes. With three different rivers and three levels of adventure to choose from, we can give anyone from ages 6 to 106 a really great time whitewater rafting on the American River.
Coloma, United States

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Travellers' Choice
2024

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Julie T
Napa, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Marcello was a fantastic guide, we had a blast so fun! Great lunch! Easy to book the front office was very helpful in assisting us in which trip we wanted to do! We did middle fork and it was so fun!
Written 3 July 2024
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Shielia N
Salt Lake City, UT3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
American Whitewater Expeditions, Coloma CA
This rafting company was the top pick on our list. They delivered in a big way. Crew consisted of Carol, with assistance from Christian and Stephen. Professional, friendly, first-class service and a wonderful location. All the wet-suits, splash jackets, helmets, and life jackets they provided were in excellent condition. From start to finish our day was perfect. The lunch they provided was outstanding. I’m already thinking of how we can do the next rafting trip with them. We have no concerns about rafting again with this company as they are that impressive. Thank you American Whitewater
Expeditions!
Shielia, Salt Lake City, UT
Written 8 May 2024
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Amanda H.
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Highly recommend American Whitewater Expeditions! This was my first time rafting and the trip was very organized and well-run. The staff were friendly, funny, informative, and highly skilled. Everything felt under control and as safe as an extreme water sport can be! They did a great job answering questions and letting me know what to expect as we went.

My experience: I went solo but still had such a wonderful time with the people I met that day and was teamed up with. Our river guide, Pablo, did an outstanding job making sure we knew how to navigate each rapid and follow his directions. He also made sure we were okay and having fun all along the way. You're one of the lucky ones if you get him for a guide!

Recommendations: I rafted the Middle Fork and definitely recommend good shoes that will STAY PUT on your feet! There is one particularly rough rapid where you will have to walk a short way on the very rocky shoreline, so you want shoes that won't slip around on your feet. And bring plenty of sunscreen!!

Nice to know: The only detail I wasn't clear on until the 'day of' was what to do with the gear I didn't want to take on the raft. They allowed me to leave my cinch-pack (wallet, phone, keys, etc.) and towel in the shuttle van and assured me that the driver would be with the van the entire time I was rafting, so I felt safe leaving that all behind.

Also, I want to say I was highly impressed with the camaraderie between the river guides, including those from other companies, who shared the river. You can tell these guys really love what they're all doing and they treated each other with such respect. I saw only teamwork among them all, never any one-upping or inappropriate competitiveness (splashing each other with paddles was as crazy as it got!). That was wonderful to see and gave an extra sense of safety. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed the staff and their work - thank you Pablo, Ben, and Howie!

Don't forget to bring cash for a tip - these guys definitely deserve it!
Written 27 August 2023
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remyd99
Sacramento, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Six of us did full-day Middle Fork ride and had a FABULOUS time! The amount of #3 and #4 rapids was about right - enough to keep it exciting but with plenty of float time in between to dry off and warm up a bit. Our guide was Ben, and he was everthing you could ever want in a raft guide. Incredibly fun, knowledable, and a very skilled boat handler. He kept us all safe (out of the river), and added some extra adventures along with way if we wanted them. We felt like we had the absolute best possible guide and best rafting company available. Would really reccommend AWE if you're looking for a company - they clearly had the best looking (newer) boats and just seemed to be a bit elevated compared to some of the others that were around us. Great staff all around - van driver Heather and all of the other guides were professional and very friendly. They seemed to be a very experienced bunch.
Written 21 August 2023
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Katie G
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This was super fun and exciting! Our guide Cecelia was skilled and making sure we were having a great time and staying safe. We did the half day Chili Bar trip and the timing was perfect. Loved jumping off rocks into the water at our break stop! The whole operation seemed organized and well done. Would definitely do this again!
Written 14 August 2023
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IURGE311
Edwardsville, Illinois16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We did a 21 mile whole day South Fork trip. Everything with American Whitewater is first class. We have a fairly adventurous 16 and 13 year old and this trip was the perfect blend of challenge and excitement without overly worrying about safety. Every employee demonstrates a level of enthusiasm as if it were their first trip down the river. Our family had an absolute blast! Our guide Prescott was outstanding. He was safety conscious yet adventurous and informative about the area and led us through some very fun rapids. Do not be reluctant to do the 21 mile trip. It is well worth it and the lunch provided on the river was also great. This is a first class operation with so many great people working there. When choosing an outfitter on the American River I would look no further than this company. Thanks for such wonderful memories!!!
Written 9 August 2023
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johnhlaturno
Santa Cruz, CA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Wow! My second time on the American River with this company this summer and it was even better than the last!
Friendly and helpful staff, great camping accommodations, delicious food, and most importantly, professional and experienced guides!
Highly recommend booking a multiple-day visit on both the middle and lower forks of the river.
Written 2 August 2023
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Colina Y
San Francisco, CA90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Bring a non swimmer and first time rafting I called ahead and requested an experienced guide. Well, delighted to be assigned to Pablo who seemed to be the leader for the group of 8 boats today. He is hardworking and friendly. He gave us good background on the rapids and how to navigate. He made sure I didn’t fall in - mission accomplished. Yet my whole family of 6 had a blast. Pablo let them dive from rock, swim along and even walk along the boat. So happy we picked this company and middle fork. Beautiful scenery, perfect slightly overcast weather and once again, extremely pleasant and extremely experienced guide. Will be back in the spring for north fork! Thank you AWE!
Written 24 July 2023
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Jennie
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
What a great weekend! Booked rafting for Saturday, arrived Friday for free night of camping and added Saturday on since we knew we’d be exhausted. Was expecting a great time, but this was incredible. We had an amazing guide-Yuri, driver Heather and additional guide in our car Pablo. Everyone was so kind and personable. Yuri made sure our cousin crew was having fun, educated us on various caves/plants along the path, as well as had us working like a team. Additionally the photographer was amazing. 2 spots on we had about 75 photos….and we bought them. Would definitely recommend!
Written 16 July 2023
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Kris R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Our experience was AMAZING. Jilson was our guide. He made sure we were ready and prepared for our all day rafting trip down the Middle Fork of the American River. He was knowledgable, competent, gave clear instructions and kept us safe at all times. Great personality and shared so much information about the history of the area and river. We're planning on going back next year. Wonderful lunch served about half way through the trip.
Loved our shuttle driver Heather and the other guide on our bus, Dave. Great experience!
Written 10 July 2023
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