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Adventure Awaits on the South Fork American River

Discover the thrill of river kayaking on the majestic South Fork American River, a paddler’s paradise nestled in the heart of Northern California’s scenic Gold Country. With its pristine waters, captivating landscapes, and beginner-friendly rapids, this river is a haven for kayaking enthusiasts of all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned pro seeking an adrenaline rush or a novice eager to embark on a memorable adventure, the South Fork American River offers an array of experiences to satisfy every paddler’s dreams.

Scenic Beauty: Begin your journey down the South Fork American River amidst breathtaking natural beauty. You’ll be surrounded by lush greenery, towering pine trees, and the serenity of the Sierra Nevada foothills. As you paddle through the river’s crystal-clear waters, be prepared to witness an array of wildlife, from eagles soaring above to deer and otters playing along the banks.

Rapids and Adventure: Our guided kayak trips on the South Fork American River begin with a safety briefing and a training session to prepare you for the exhilarating class 2 rapids ahead. The South Fork is a “pool drop” river where each rapid is punctuated by calm pools in between, offering guests a chance to relax, swim or just float and take in the scenery.

Guided Tours: For those new to river kayaking, we offer professionally led trips throughout the summer months. Our knowledgeable guides provide safety protocols and insights into the region’s rich history, geology, and ecology, enhancing your overall experience.

Family-Friendly Fun: The South Fork American River isn’t just for thrill-seekers. It’s also an ideal destination for family outings. There are calmer sections perfect for beginner kayakers, ensuring everyone can enjoy the river’s natural beauty and tranquility. It’s an excellent way to bond with loved ones and create lasting memories.

Camping and More: Extend your adventure by camping at our site along the riverbanks. Our campground offers a perfect setting to relax, cook a campfire meal, and stargaze under the pristine night sky. You can also explore nearby wineries and hiking trails, go fishing, or simply bask in the tranquility of this idyllic region.

Trip Details:

  • Location: South Fork American River, Lotus, California
  • Meeting time: 10:00 am
  • Trip duration: ~4 hours
  • River difficulty: Moderate (Class 2 whitewater rapids)
  • Physical exertion: Active. Single-person inflatable kayaks are paddled by each participant with trip lead by Professional Guides
  • No prior experience necessary
  • Minimum age: 7 years old & up
  • All essential equipment is included in the trip cost – inflatable kayak, paddle, wetsuit, helmet & paddle jacket
  • Participants are responsible for bringing proper footwear (water shoes or sneakers), bathing suit and quick dry shorts
  • Price: $189 per person, reservations required (2 person minimum)
  • Trips operate June through September

Embark on an unforgettable river kayak trip on the South Fork American River, where adventure, nature and exhilaration come together. Whether you’re seeking heart-pounding rapids or a serene paddle through picturesque landscapes, this river has it all. So embrace the river’s call, and let the South Fork American River take you on a journey you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

All Prices are per person and subject to an 8% Government Use and Service Fee. Camping at our site on the river available which you may reserve during the registration process. Please review our cancellation policy PRIOR to booking.