American Whitewater Expeditions

American River Rafting in Coloma, California.
One of the top rafting outfitters in California, American Water Expeditions offers the most exciting whitewater rafting adventures on the American River. Experience exhilarating half, one and two-day whitewater rafting trips near Coloma, California on the South Fork of the American River, one of the top whitewater challenges in California, or the Middle and North Forks with Class III - V runs. Cascading down the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Gold Rush Country, the scenic South Fork of the American River near Coloma is a thrilling adventure with over 30 exhilarating rapids. American Whitewater Expeditions features world-class whitewater guides with a passion for rafting and kayaking, exciting whitewater trips and beautiful campgrounds in Coloma.

Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Friday
Prices: Vary with rafting trips.

Half-Day Rating Trips
Full Day Rafting Trips
Two-Day Rafting Trips with Camping

Whitewater Rafting Trips
Kayaking Adventures
Hiking the American River Trail
Before You Go

American River Rafting - Originating in the high Sierra Nevada, west of Lake Tahoe, the American River offers the most exhilarating whitewaters in California. Rushing through the Sierra foothills and Gold Country, the three forks of American River offers the ultimate whitewater rafting and kayaking with exhilarating Class III - V runs that are as diverse as the landscape.

The 21-mile South Fork of the American River - from Chili Bar to Coloma to Salmon Falls - features 20 named rapids, awesome waves and holes that challenge rafters and paddlers, including the world-famous Chili Bar Hole. The wild North Fork offers exhilarating whitewater for experienced kayakers

Places to Rest Along the American River - Enjoy a relaxing stop on a river beach or cool off in a shaded swimming hole along the American River. Stop for a picnic or camp overnight at beautiful parks along the edge of the river, including Dave Moore Nature Area and the Henningsen-Lotus Park. American River Expeditions also offers a scenic campground just above Troublemaker Rapid on the South Fork of the American River with grass campsites, a swimming pool, picnic tables and a volleyball court.

What class of rapids will I encounter? The South Fork of the American River features exhilarating Class III+ rapids with fast water, waves and beautiful scenery. Raft through Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing Rock, and Hospital Bar. For more excitement and a true wilderness experience, the Middle Fork flows through the Gold Country with raging Class IV rapids, narrow chutes, big drops and tunnels, including the Tunnel Chute Rapid. The legendary North Fork is a Class IV-V run with technical whitewater rapids, powerful waves for experienced kayakers and rafters, including Chamberlain Falls, Bogus Thunder, and Staircase.
How long does it take to raft the river? American River Expeditions offers half-day, full-day and two day rafting trips on the Upper and Lower South Fork. The 6-mile Chili Bar to Coloma trip is 4 hours. The 15-mile Chili Bar to Salmon Falls trip is an 8-hour day of whitewater fun. The 21-mile Chili Bar to Salmon Falls

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