“I just wanted to send a note to let you and your awesome crew know that we had an absolute blast on Saturday. Your guide specialists (Mike, Courtney, Scotty, and Evan) were so friendly and down to earth, encouraging, funny, and experts at their jobs. Everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed the experience and raved about it afterward. I can’t say enough good things about our experience with your wonderful crew and the exciting challenges we had. Thank you for making my husband’s 50th birthday a day he’ll never forget!” – Annie
Difficulty: Class IV+
Minimum Age: 14 years
Season: April through mid-June
Availability: Click here to view 2013 North Fork American River dates!
The excitement of whitewater rafting on the North Fork American River is surpassed only by its beauty. With no dams upstream, this is truly a wild river. Watch the rocks glistening below you in the clear water. Between rapids observe steep canyon walls formed millions of years ago by rushing rivers. Notice the streams rolling out of small side canyons…become one with the North Fork.
Free flowing and fed only by early spring snow melt, the clear whitewater of the North Fork American River zigzags down a narrow sluice box of a canyon through spectacular alpine scenery. The intense rafting action begins as house-sized boulders squeeze the river to a mere twenty feet to form Class IV+ “Chamberlain Falls” then the river accelerates into continuous Class IV rapids.
Upon completion of the Class IV section of rapids, we stop for lunch. While your guides prepare your food, explore Shirttail or Indian Creeks, two of the many wonders of the North Fork American River Canyon. After lunch, continue for three more miles of Class II and III rapids.
The North Fork American River is the most difficult of the three forks of the American. Due to the intensity of the river coupled with the cold springtime water we recommend this trip to experienced paddlers.
“More obvious, than not- I loved the rafting! The campground and the facilities were much better than I expected. I would definitely come again with friends and youth members as we occasionally take rafting trips on the Sacramento River. Everyone was super enthusiastic and humorous. My guide happened to be Christie, so a shout out to my girl! Overall, most accommodating and warm. Thanks so much again!” – Isabella