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American River Whitewater Rafting
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Product Code: 2266-19756


  • • Unforgettable Whitewater Rafting Experience
  • • 15 miles of exciting whitewater rapids
  • • Professional river guides
  • • ALL rafting and safety equipment
  • • Delicious complimentary BBQ lunch
Tour Code
1 day
Departure City
San Francisco
End City
San Francisco
Tour Type:

Experience: Nature, Adventure

Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Accessibility: Not accessible

Tour does not have wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions or allow service dogs

Day 01
American River

American River Whitewater Rafting Tour

The day begins with a pick-up from your lodging between 6:00 and 7:00am. We head east across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which offers great views of the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the East Bay.

We stop for a quick snack/breakfast in the Central Valley (not included). Famous for its rich volcanic soil, the Central Valley is a booming agricultural region known for almonds, grapes, tomatoes, peaches and strawberries. Then we continue our journey up through the cattle and horse ranching foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains to the American River.

You will be given a short pre-trip briefing by your trip-leader, which will cover what to bring and what not to bring on the raft. You can ask lots of questions as well so you get a better understanding of what to expect on your rafting trip. Then you’ll be given a life jacket, helmet and paddle, and your guides will make sure your gear is a proper fit. They will then give you a detailed safety talk and show you how to sit in the raft and how to paddle.

This South Fork rafting trip starts off with a slower pace consisting of mostly Class 1 and 2 rapids, great for warming up before getting into the bigger Class 3 whitewater. So sit back on the boat, enjoy and soak up the sun. After about an hour and half of mellow rafting and enjoying the scenery, it’s time to get fueled up with a hearty lunch. This yummy lunch includes several choices of meats, cheeses, vegetables, PB&J, finger food, condiments and cookies; you will definitely not go hungry.

After lunch, it’s time to get back on the river! Sit up and lock your feet in as you enter the Gorge Section on the South Fork with all the big rapids. Soon you will be getting very wet, paddling as well as laughing your way down rapids like Fowlers Rock, Triple Threat, Satan’s Cesspool, Hospital Bar. The few hours of rafting after lunch go by fast as you paddle from one exciting rapid to another. After all the enjoyment of whitewater rafting your trip will culminate with your rafts entry onto Folsom Lake. The last few miles of flat water are made effortless, as the raft is towed out by a Honda Jet Ski!

Back on land, you’ll dry off and hop back into the vehicle to head back to the city. The tour ends with a hotel drop off between 8:00 and 8:30pm.

Visiting Attractions

Pick-up Details/Transfers
Departs: 6:00am - 7:00am pick-up from most SF hotels.

Return: 8:00am - 8:30am

Package Includes

  • San Francisco hotel transfers
  • Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Eco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biodiesel mini-coach (14 passengers max)
  • All necessary rafting gear (raft, paddle, life vest, helmet)
  • Some wine and/or beer tasting options
  • Picnic lunch, served river-side
  • 15 miles of whitewater rafting with a professional guide

Package Excludes

  • Some additional tasting fees may apply
  • Professional photos taken of rafters (can be purchased during lunchtime)
  • Guide and river guide tips (optional)
Special Notes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Cancellation made within 7 days prior to departure date,100% of reservation fee will be charged.
    Cancellation made within 8-16 days prior to departure date, 50% of reservation fee will be charge.
    Cancellation made 17 or more days prior to departure date, 25% of reservation fee will be charged.
    Passenger no-shows are subject to a 100% cancellation fee.
    No refund will be given to anyone who is denied service because of refusal to wear a seat belt or to follow the rules and regulations of the carrier. A $150 cleaning/repair charge will be added for any severe damage to the vehicles (including liquid spillage requiring upholstery cleaning).
  • In April and May, the water is cold and the flow rate is higher. From June through September, the weather is hot and the water is refreshing. Generally wetsuits are not necessary, but are available for rent on cold days (additional cost).
  • We recommend passengers pack the following items:
    - shoes you don’t mind getting wet (and that will stay securely on your feet). Soft-soled tennis shoes, sneakers, or river sandals are recommended. NO FLIP-FLOPS, “wet shoes” or “aqua shoes” are allowed.
    - swimwear
    - sun protection (sunscreen, well-secured hat that will fit under a helmet)
    - dry change of clothes for after rafting
    - towel for after rafting - T-shirt or long sleeve shirt/shorts if you are sensitive to the sun
    - Water Bottle
    - Waterproof camera – something small that can attach to your lifejacket.
    - Any medications, inhalers, etc. that you require.
  • Please do not bring any cotton items on the river with you if you are concerned about staying warm. (This includes jeans and sweatshirts.) When cotton gets wet it robs your body of heat and is unsuitable for physical activity. Synthetic clothing, such as fleece, poly-pro, or capilene provides the best option for warmth retention.
  • Your safety is our main concern. A brief safety talk is given before anyone gets in the water. The South Fork of the American River is a Class III river system. This is ideal for beginners as well as intermediate paddlers.
  • No prior whitewater experience is necessary, but participants are required weigh at least 80 pounds and be at least 8 years of age.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

*Adult age: 21 and older, due to wine tasting
*Child rates apply to ages 0-12 (rafting is 8-12 for safety reasons); children must weigh at least 80 lbs

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.









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