Your American River Rafting Adventures
with Kayaks and White Water
Done On Three Different Rivers
These three forks that make up this American River rafting opportunity can be wild enough to satisfy the thirst for adventure that any expert white water enthusiast would want, but it is tame enough to keep from scaring away an inexperienced rafter... depending on where you raft and the flow of water.
There are multiple professional guides available to take the mystery out of these diverse American River white water rafting destinations.
Good For Beginners
As a wonderful introduction to the American River rafting experience, the South Fork of this river is ideal for the first-timer as well as the seasoned American River rafting veteran. There is more than enough variety in action along this section of river to fulfill the needs of everyone.
A South Fork American River rafting adventure will take in a twenty-one mile section of this river between Chili Bar Reservoir, just off of State Hwy 193, to the entrance to Folsom Lake. Here you will find 50 major rapids.
It has a mix of moderate class III rapids and relaxing water surrounded by stunning wilderness scenery and wildlife.
Take You Through Coloma State Park
Depending on where you put in on the South Fork American River, you may glide by Coloma State Park. This is where gold was originally discovered by James Marshall on January 24, 1848.
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At Your Own Pace... It Can Become Busy During
the Peak Season When School Is Out.
Today, the South Fork American River is not only the most popular American River rafting run, but is also the most popular whitewater run in all of California.
You will find many fun sections of white water rapids with colorful names like Meatgrinder, Rock Garden, Triple Threat, and Troublemaker!
Along the South Fork American River.
There are may RV Campgrounds and resorts in the area. The Coloma Resort, however, seems to be placed at a very good location. It has good access to the water for any American River rafting enthusiast. Their contact information is:
Being able to take advantage of the American River rafting opportunities is one thing, but if you just want to take it easy, you only have to walk across the bridge and enjoy the State Park.
There is a lot to see and plenty of picnic tables available in the grassy shaded areas... or you may just want to kick back awhile and read a book or people watch.
There is a hike going up into the hills just west of Coloma State Park. Coloma Resort also has some trails paralleling the river, and just south of the resort is the Troublemaker Rapid. This might be a good place to watch people get wet on a Saturday afternoon!
There are restaurants scattered throughout this area. Just a couple of miles north you will find a hamburger stand, a pizza parlor, etc. Of course, Placerville is roughly 8 miles to the south on Hwy 49... you will find a variety of food there.
Offers A Surprise Tunnel!
find yourself underground!
How cool is that! Here you are ripping down between these high canyon walls and you find yourself being directed into this narrow chute. This chute flows for approximately 80 feet before entering a 90 foot tunnel that was dug out by the early argonauts looking for gold. Now that is an American River rafting experience!
Depending on the time of year and variables like the past winter's snowfall, you will find multiple class III and IV rapids along this section of the river. However, there is on obstacle that must be portaged around by all commercial rafts.
The Ruck-A-Chucky Falls is a 25' drop that is surrounded by some seriously large granite boulders. It just takes about 15 minutes to accomplish this portage, and then you are on your way.
Destination For the Seasoned Rafter
Last but not least, is the North Fork American River. This section of river is a bit more technical than it's southern counterparts. This is a river that should be run by the experienced. If you have become a South and Middle Fork veteran, and if you think it is time to stretch your skills a bit... you may want to give the North Fork American River a try.
clearly describes this American River rafting experience.
In other words, you need to be on top of your game.
There are multiple challenging rapids like the Chamberlain Falls, Bogus Thunder, Staircase, and more. This is considered to be one of the most beautiful, yet challenging, runs along the American River.
I remember years ago, I hiked into this river. It was insane... a 2,000 ft drop in something like 2 miles! How do you spell remote?
This relatively short American River rafting adventure is only 9 miles long. Most of it is over large boulders and through rugged canyon walls.
The run can only be made in the Spring and early Summer... depending on snow pack and weather conditions. One final note, wetsuits are recommended, and you need to be in good condition.
So, how do we classify our rivers? This is the International Rapid Rating Scale.
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A Good Place To Begin The Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail Is At The Dam. This 3.5 Mile Trail Is Good For Foot Traffic And Bicycles... No Motorized stuff
The Manzanita Day Use Area Is A Good Place To Sit And Watch The Wind
Another View From The Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail... Morning and Evening Are The Best Times To Hike This Trail. The Still Reflections Will Capture Your Attention
You May Want To Bring A Camera... There Are Large Birds Of Prey High In The Ski