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South Fork of the American River

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Address: Highway 49, Coloma, CA
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This river is one of the most popular whitewater rafting and kayaking...

This river is one of the most popular whitewater rafting and kayaking destinations in California.

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Full-Day Whitewater Rafting on the South Fork American River
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Whitewater Rafting 1 Day Trip South Fork American River - Gorge Run

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Great Rafting Trip!

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... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2017
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McKinleyville, California
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McKinleyville, California
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

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.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

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 we hit some bumps with class 3 rapids but not all the time. That gives... More 

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Coloma, California
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

the river is beautiful and we see it every day. white water rafting is very popular in the summer and there are several camp grounds and rafting companies in the area.

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Thank 447bettym
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

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. it is an expensive day trip. we did the express 3 hour trip without the meal.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2016

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 safe and clean for the thousands of boaters that run the river each year.

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Bangalore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

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. Everyone should try this atleast once in their life - a great adventure activity and... More 

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Fremont, California
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Reviewed 15 March 2016

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 of them are big and very challenging.

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Thank WillD52
Anaheim, California
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

Great beginner rafting with fun rapids. Looking for your first trip try the south fork. Suggest American Whitewater Expedition this company provides everything and they were so much fun.

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Thank Susan F
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

The first time we've been rafting but definitely not the last. We chose AO (All-Outdoors) who looked after us impeccably - great service, lunch, conversation and a fair price for a brilliant day.

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Ft Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 18 July 2015

My husband, 11 yr old and myself booked a raft trip with American Whitewater Expeditions August of 2014, our first WW raft trip ever. The river is very pretty, clean and lots of fun. I can't say enough about the outfitter we chose and our guide, both FANTASTIC! Great river to raft, lots of twists and turns and ups and... More 

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