North Fork American River Rafting

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North Fork American River

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North Fork American River

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The Wild & Scenic North Fork of the American River near Sacramento, CA provides an extraordinary California whitewater rafting experience.

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The North Fork of the American is the most challenging fork of the American River, and rapid after Class IV rapid deliver nearly non-stop, white-knuckling whitewater, followed by a stretch of more moderate Class II-III rapids. Intricate boulder gardens, rushing falls and staircase drops promise intense paddling and plenty of adrenaline-inspiring thrills through the 2000-foot cliffs as blankets of green grass and colorful wildflowers amidst black oak and pine forests provide a spectacular backdrop. This trip is an easy jaunt from Sacramento, Lake Tahoe or the Bay Area and well worth the journey for both exhilarating whitewater and classic California wilderness scenery."

  • North Fork American River rafting in the beautiful California foothills
  • Snowmelt creates nonstop Class IV whitewater rafting action
  • Paddle through a beautiful gorge with 2000-foot cliffs, green grass, wildflowers and forests
  • Raft Chamberlain Falls with a crashing 8-foot drop
  • Zig-Zag, Achilles Heal, and Bogus Thunder rapids provide more whitewater excitement

Our North Fork American River rafting trip begins with tumultuous river action which starts immediately as the rafts enter Chamberlain Falls Gorge. Class IV rapids and the crashing 8-foot Chamberlain Falls provide a surefire surge of adrenaline. Zig-Zag, Achilles Heal and Bogus Thunder are among the continuous steep drops and boulder slaloms we negotiate|After several miles of aggressive paddling through some of the states best whitewater, the end of the Class IV section nears, but not before facing Staircase, the river's most infamous rapid. Float through a breathtaking exhibit of the Sierra Nevada's striking scenery between towering 2000-foot canyon walls of polished granite, clear water, spring-green grasses, deep woods and brightly colored wildflowers. At take-out on Upper Lake Clementine, a shuttle waits to take us back to our vehicles for the conclusion of our North Fork American River Rafting trip.

Special Trip Note: A delicious lunch will be provided either before, during or after this trip depending on our government-regulated start time

April - June


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