Rally your crew for a day (or two!) of whitewater rafting fun on California’s American River with OARS

Whether it’s a family outing, a team building event for work, or just a hot summer day with friends, we invite you to join OARS, and our extraordinary crew of guides, on one of California’s most popular rafting adventures. We offer half-day, full-day and two-day American River rafting adventures near Sacramento from April – September, plus a free night of camping at the OARS American River Outpost for all of our rafting guests.

South Fork American River Rafting Trips

The South Fork of the American River is the classic California whitewater experience and offers an ideal balance of adrenaline and fun as you float through the scenic Sierra Foothills. Choose between a half-day Chili Bar rafting trip, or opt for a full-day with lunch on the Gorge section which leaves right from the beach at our campground and challenges rowdy rapids like Satan’s Cesspool and Hospital Bar. For the ultimate adventure, tackle all 21 miles of Class III whitewater and sign-up to do both stretches back-to-back with a night of camping at the Outpost in between.

Middle Fork American River Rafting Trips

If you’re ready to take it up a notch, a 1-day Middle Fork of the American River rafting trip has it all: big whitewater, incredible scenery and moments of serenity, plus what will surely be the most memorable rapid of your life: Tunnel Chute. This exciting rapid drops through a steep chute into frothy, churning water, before passing through a 90-ft long tunnel. From there, enjoy a series of thrilling rapids followed by a stretch of calm water that gives paddlers a chance to take in the beautiful pine-covered wilderness before ending the day with another fun stretch of whitewater. A delicious lunch is included on this full-day OARS adventure near Sacramento.

North Fork American River Rafting Trips

In the spring, don’t miss the chance to join OARS for a 1-day trip on the free-flowing Wild and Scenic North Fork of the American River. Time it right and this trip promises intense paddling and plenty of adrenaline-inducing thrills.

Free Camping for OARS Rafters

Extend your adventure with camping at the OARS American River Outpost. Conveniently located near the shops and restaurants of Lotus/Coloma, our family-oriented campground offers hot showers, restrooms, nature walks, games, goldmine-era relics and a sandy beach. Best of all, the campground is FREE for OARS rafting guests for one night before or after your trip. For additional nights or non-rafters, it’s just $10 per person/per night. For an elevated experience, ask us about our pre-set platform tents that are available to rent.

About OARS

For nearly 50 years, OARS has been guiding guests on rivers and coastlines throughout the Western U.S., and worldwide. With this much experience under our belts, you could say we’ve learned a few things over the years about operating fun and hassle-free trips. We’re also proud to say our guides have earned the reputation for being the most-experienced, professional and customer-focused crews on the water.

Come meet our amazing team and let us show you why the American River is everyone’s favorite rafting trip!

OARS American River Outpost
7330 River Park Dr
Lotus, CA 95651