North Fork American River

Advanced Class IV+ Spring Rafting

Free flowing and fed only by spring snow melt, the crystal 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 nearly continuous drop Class IV rapids.

With the completion of the Class IV rapids, we stop for lunch. While your guides prepare the food, you have a chance to explore Shirttail or Indian Creeks, just two of the many wonders of the North Fork American River Canyon. After lunch, continue for three miles of Class II and III rapids.

Trip Highlights

  • Continuous Class IV+ Rapids
  • Hikes up Shirttail and Indian Creek
  • Pristine Alpine Canyon
  • Skill Level: 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 with swimming ability
  • Duration: Half-day Family Float, to the full-day Gorge and Chili Bar runs
  • Age: 14+
  • Season: April – Mid-June
  • Availability: Every day
  • Requirements: Guests must have swimming ability.

Multi-Day & Combo River Trips

South Fork – 2-Day – CLASS III

Adjust your biological clock to “river time” with an overnight trip. Your second day of rafting can take you to a new stretch of the South Fork, or to a more advanced run on the Middle or North Fork. If one day of rafting was enough, have fun in camp with our Ropes Course and Zip Line or head to the South Fork Trail for fantastic local mountain biking and hiking.

South Fork / Middle Fork / North Fork Combo – Class III/IV


South Fork American River Rafting

The West Coast's Most Popular Class III River

North Fork American River

Advanced Class IV+ Spring Rafting

Middle Fork American River

California’s Most Popular Class IV Whitewater

On-Shore Adventures

Add another exciting element to your trip with our Ropes Course and Zip Line!

Camp Life

We’ll do all the cooking so you can relax with a good book, snooze in the shade, play a game of volleyball, or just sit and watch the sun set.

Our guides will amaze you with their culinary delights, Dutch-oven-desserts and even a river sauna upon your request.

Enjoy a private campfire and gaze at the stars as the river lulls you to sleep.

50th Anniversary Ropes Rafting

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