The American River is the most popular whitewater rafting destination in California, and for good reason!
The South Fork’s action-packed Class III rapids are rollicking good fun for the entire family.
The Middle Fork of the American combines challenging Class IV rapids with miles of beautiful wilderness scenery.
And the North Fork sparkles with Class IV spring run-off thrills and pristine beauty.
All three rivers also feature Class II sections perfect for family float trips or anyone looking for relaxation without the adrenaline factor.
Private rafters and kayakers can find more information on the whitewater kayaking page.
And in the Logistics & Trip Planning section, you’ll find lots of resources for those rowing or paddling their own boats, including information about river conditions.
Make sure you’re not going to get in over your head or be left high and dry. Check the flows before you head to the river.
Dreamflows will give you the latest flow information.
Looking for a shuttle? A daily membership fee of $10 per person includes a seat on one of their 14-passenger air-conditioned vans. Each van hauls a trailer rigged to convey your boats and gear safely from one of our many shuttle stops to your destination.
Check out the Coloma Shuttle.
6580 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651
Since 1978, Whitewater Excitement, Inc. has offered 5-star river rafting adventure on the American River. Family-operated and family-friendly with trips for kids as young as 4. Experience the difference. www.whitewaterexcitement.com 800-750-2386
5461 Bassi Rd., Lotus, CA 95613
WET River Trips has been creating memorable whitewater rafting adventures on the American River since 1978. Our team of whitewater professionals know how to craft an unbeatable experience for the young and young at heart. Half, full and multi-day... www.raftwet.com 888-723-8938
7308 Hwy 49 Ste F, Lotus, CA 95651
Our private boater shuttles are arranged so that you can eliminate the hassle of "the shuttle" out of your day and the carbon monoxide out of the environment. colomashuttle.com 530-303-2404
1026 Lotus Rd, Lotus, CA 95651
We are a family-owned outfitter with over 60 years of experience professionally guiding whitewater rafting trips on 10 of California's best rivers. Ages 5 and up. 1/2 day to multi-day trips available! www.aorafting.com 800-247-2387
6580 Hwy 49, Lotus , CA 95651
Specializing in adventures for families and Church youth groups. Our Christian staff will take your rafting, rock climbing and hiking on 1 to 5 day full customizable adventures. www.rocknwater.com 800-738-0555
3782 Winding Creek Ln, Lotus , CA 95651
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. www.arta.org 209-962-7873
7330 River Park Dr, Lotus, CA 95651
First-class whitewater rafting on the South, Middle, and North Fork of the American River, Tuolumne, Merced, and North Fork of the Stanislaus since 1969. Book online and save! www.oars.com 855-541-4792
5981 New River Rd, Coloma, CA 95613
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. www.americanwhitewater.com 530-642-0804
6019 New River Rd, Coloma, CA 95613
Providing high-quality rafting trips since 1979. We offer trips for all skill levels. Family-friendly floats start at just $49. Same-day reservations welcomed. 1/4-day to 3-day trips available. www.arrafting.com 530-622-6802
6500 CA-49, Lotus, CA 95651
California Whitewater Rafting OVER 12 RIVERS TO CHOOSE FROM — From 1/2 day trips to multi-day wilderness adventures we have a river rafting trip for you! We have California white water rafting trips perfect for all ages (+) as well as large... www.raftcalifornia.com (530) 626-7385
7310 Hwy 49, Lotus , CA 95651
An Educational non-profit summer camp providing youth aged 6-16 with river safety and rafting education. We are in our 10th year of teaching adventure, leadership, and teamwork. www.juniorguides.org 916-616-2317
7308 Hwy 49 Ste D, Lotus, CA 95651
California's largest whitewater rafting photography company taking over 1 million pictures per summer on the South & Middle Fork of the American River. All images are posted on our website each day for viewing/purchasing. www.hotshotimaging.com 530-621-0400
7421 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651
From thrill to chill. Refreshing family fun from mild to wild. www.actionwhitewater.com 530-621-1315
7420 Hwy 49, Lotus , CA 95651
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! Family-operated and family-friendly with... www.whitewaterconnection.com 530-622-6446