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We were following the California Cheese Trail Map and happened on this beautiful part of the American River. Cars park before and after the river so people can take trails, explore the river and more. A beautiful part of California for outdoorsmen.
What a phenomenal experience. Not only was the river amazing (beautiful views, and beginner friendly), but H20 Adventures was the perfect company to go with. Our guide, Jeff, was friendly, helpful and all-around a great adventure guide. He was knowledgable, got to know us, made...More
This is a great river for whitewater rafting, swimming, hiking, biking or almost any other outdoor pursuit. The location is great for those traveling from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe. Highway 50 goes along the river the whole time.
It's about 2 hrs. drive from Lake Tahoe to South Fork river (meeting point) and depends on traffic. So plan ahead if you're in that area. The trek in the river at that time in July is calm and suites all levels of rafting. Occasionally...More
We went with two kids, 12 and 9- the nine year old has autism and has anxiety. We called the company ahead of time and they were great. gave our family a raft and the guide was excellent, understanding and great with my kids.
The Bureau of Land Management River Rangers rock. I was honored to tag along on one of their river patrol and clean-up days and let me tell you, they really do the dirty work. From cleaning toilets to collecting trash, they help keep the river...More
The rapids in the Lower Gorges - South Fork of American River are amazing. These are totally beginner friendly (Class 3+) and rafting through them is great fun.
My personal favorite was Satan's Cesspool. Rafting in these waters is a truly amazing and memorable experience....More
The gorge section of the South Fork American River is a wonderful whitewater experience. It is the best class 3 run I have ever been on. Starts out easy but becomes more difficult as you enter the gorge. Rapids are mostly pool drop. A couple...More
There are plenty of spots on the river to tube. Right in Coloma in the park for example. Keep in mind that you are required to have a PFD (personal flotation device) (in addition to your tube) or you will be fined and... More
There are plenty of spots on the river to tube. Right in Coloma in the park for example. Keep in mind that you are required to have a PFD (personal flotation device) (in addition to your tube) or you will be fined and that the river is in fish flow (no water released from the dam) 2 days a week.
If you stick between Coloma, the state park, and either the Lotus Park, or Camp Lotus, these kids should be safe enough in an inflatable kayak, as long as a knowledgeable, responsible adult was supervising... Of course, all... More
If you stick between Coloma, the state park, and either the Lotus Park, or Camp Lotus, these kids should be safe enough in an inflatable kayak, as long as a knowledgeable, responsible adult was supervising... Of course, all of our family adults have had some experience guiding this river. And ALWAYS use appropriate safety equipment, life jackets, river shoes to protect the feet, and safety talks about how to float without the boat...