South Fork American River – Action Whitewater Adventures
The South Fork of the American River in the Coloma / Lotus River Valley is a 22-mile, Class II-III river. Chosen and rafted by thousands annually for its convenient location, easy access, great whitewater, one and two-day rafting options as well as the rich history and beautiful environment. Action Whitewater Adventures offers you the best experiences to be had on the river: best staff, best gear, best meals. We’re always very excited to share the river’s beauty, challenges, and history with our amazing guests. The South Fork American River is 22-miles long and is ran as 3 different rafting excursions. On this river we offer a half day, a full day, or you can even break it down into a 2 day experience with camping and meals at our beautiful campground.
Chili Bar (Upper Section) is a half day, 8-mile, 2-hour section with Class II-III rapids. This section starts off with a bang, within minutes you are navigating classic Class III rapids like Meatgrinder, Maya, and 1st Threat, then you finish off this section with the largest rapid on the river: Trouble Maker. After the excitement of running Trouble Maker it’s a nice mellow float through Coloma’s Gold History park back to camp. Once in camp we spoil you with a hot BBQ lunch (cheese burgers, hot dogs, chips and salsa, the works.) Photos and souvenirs are available at our camp store, before and after your trip.
(Minimum age of 7 years old or 50lbs and over. Actual time spent on the river can differ due to fluctuating water flows).
Chili Bar Prices:
Monday-Friday $129.00 per person, Add $20.00 to upgrade to a Wild-Side Trip.
Saturday-Sunday $149.00 per person, Add $20.00 to upgrade to a Wild-Side Trip.
Gorge (Lower Section) is a 14-mile, 3.5-hour section with Class II-III rapids. This is our most popular section, excellent for kids and families. This section begins at our beautiful campground, it’s a nice pleasant float, with some splashy Class II rapids to keep everyone laughing and cool until we arrive at our wilderness lunch spot. There you will have the pleasure of eating our gourmet deli lunch with options on different lunch meats, cheeses and breads. Not to mention the different types of veggies and toppings available for you to enjoy. After lunch we raft the canyon that names this section and that’s when we hit all the big Class III Rapids, Fowlers Rock, Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing Rock, Hospital Bar, and many more. Photos and souvenirs are available at our camp store, before and after your trip.
(Minimum age of 7 years old or 50lbs and over, times can differ to the trip being longer or shorter due to changing water levels, lunch options are subject to change).
Monday-Friday $159.00 per person, Add $20.00 to upgrade to a Wild-Side Trip.
Saturday-Sunday $169.00 per person, Add $20.00 to upgrade to a Wild-Side Trip.
Full River (Upper and Lower Section Combined) is an all day, 22-mile, 6-hour section with Class II-III rapids. This is the best of everything we do on the South Fork of the American River, combining both the Chili Bar and Gorge section into one full day on the river. This trip includes a hot BBQ lunch! Photos and souvenirs are available at our camp store, before and after your trip.
(Minimum age of 7 years old or 50lbs and over, times can differ to the trip being longer or shorter due to changing water levels).
Full River Prices:
Monday-Friday $179 per person, Add $20.00 to upgrade to a Wild-Side Trip.
Saturday-Sunday $199.00 per person, Add $20.00 to upgrade to a Wild-Side Trip.
Wild Side Trips
Wild Side (available as an upgrade to any South Fork trip) We save the Wild Side trip for the more adventurous spirits. With this option we use smaller, 12ft, 4 passengers rafts. This smaller sized boat is more maneuverable which means you’ll have the option to run this amazing river like nobody else is! For your day with us we’ll give you one of our top-rated, gold medalist raft guides and your own private boat. He or she will customize this adventure any way you’d like. You want flips and spills; you got it! You want to hit the waves hard and get soaked; no problem. Our top tier, world champion guides have no shortage of trick they’d love to show you!
Kids 7 -12 years old get a $20.00 discount off the Retail Price.
(Unless the trip has already been discounted)
Due to permit regulations and space availability, we may be forced to deny other rafters once your reservation is received. Thus, cancellations received by written notice, 30-or more days prior to your trip launch date will receive a full refund less. For all cancellations received with less than 30-days written notice a refund will not be issued. Another party member can be substituted for the cancelling member without loss of monies deposited. Please forward new member’s information immediately as we’ll need to process trip paperwork with that individual.
Cancellation due to Business Decision:
Action Whitewater Adventures reserves the right to cancel any trip due to conditions outside of our control: water, weather or significant safety concerns. Should a cancellation of this nature occur, your money will be fully credited toward another rafting adventure. If we apprise the situation as too dangerous for any given number of reasons, Action Whitewater Adventures reserves the right to substitute another river adventure for the scheduled day with no refund or credit applied. If we are forced to cancel a trip due to lack of people scheduled/booked for a given day, your money will be fully refunded or applied to a future credit, you shall make the determination. All refunds and or credits will be limited to funds actually paid to Action Whitewater Adventures and will not include additional expenses incurred by guests. Additionally, Action Whitewater Adventures reserves the right to deny, any member of a group, access to the day of rafting if safety and or health are a concern (in our years this has only happened a couple of times when a guest demonstrated signs of extreme inebriation). The safety of the entire party must be considered in these personal, one on one, situations. In these cases, NO refunds OR credits are offered or are made available. Minimum age, lunch options, and times are subject to change.
Water Notice & Land Use Fee:
Water flows in the South Fork of the American River result from hydroelectric facilities located upstream. Such water releases are not subject to the control of El Dorado County or commercial rafting companies operating under permits from the County of El Dorado. A 10% land use fee is added to all trips, our prices reflect this fee.