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Rafting - Middle Fork American  in San Francisco

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Rafting - Middle Fork American

Auburn, CA

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Navigate the raging rapids of the South Fork American River, California's most popular whitewater river, with this whitewater rafting experience in Lotus, California!

  • Tour provider has been guiding California whitewater rafting trips since 1978
  • All rafting guides are both highly trained and knowledgeable professionals
  • Lunch included on this 17-mile stretch of rafting
  • Great for a beginner, a seasoned rafter and whole families!

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  • Navigate the raging rapids of the South Fork American River, California's most popular whitewater river, with this whitewater rafting experience in Lotus, California!

    • Tour provider has been guiding California whitewater rafting trips since 1978
    • All rafting guides are both highly trained and knowledgeable professionals
    • Lunch included on this 17-mile stretch of rafting
    • Great for a beginner, a seasoned rafter and whole families!

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  • The Middle Fork American is a suitable raft trip for the active, fit and adventurous first-timer or a great choice for those seeking a step-up from the South Fork American River.

    Your trip is set in a beautiful wilderness canyon that is eligible for Federal Wild & Scenic status. From its headwaters in the Granite Chief Wilderness, it flows through steep, rugged and forested canyons within the Tahoe National Forest and into the Auburn State Recreation Area.

    This is one of your guides' favorite California white water rafting runs, as they appreciate escaping into this pristine road-less area. This American River Rafting Class 4 adventure is close to civilization, yet it is possible to feel that you are the only people on the river.

    The infamous "Tunnel Chute" is one of the first big rapids encountered and there are numerous Class III-IV rapids in the first 6 miles, such as Last Chance, Submarine Hole and Kanaka. For the next 7 miles, the pace is more mellow, allowing time to appreciate the solitude and beauty of the lush, forested canyon. You may get a glimpse of some wildlife, perhaps a bear, or spot a trout swimming in the incredibly clean and clear Sierra mountain water. We stop for lunch and possible side hikes while plenty of excitement lies ahead.

    The Ruck-a-Chucky rapids start just below the entrance of Canyon Creek. A 20-foot drop through a sieve of huge boulders makes the middle of these 3 rapids a mandatory portage, but the Class IV drops of Upper and Lower Ruck-a-Chucky are usually runnable. A 2-mile gorge laced with Class III-IV rapids such as Parallel Parking and Catapult follow.

    It's a long but satisfying day. Your rafting finishes after 17 miles, at the old Greenwood Bridge site. The bridge was demolished in the 1954 floods by a 50-foot wall of water that surged down the canyon after the old Hell Hole Reservoir failed.

    Cold beverages are available at the take-out and our vans shuttle you up a rough dirt road to your awaiting vehicles where you can review photos taken earlier. You should be on the road by 5:00pm reminiscing about your day all the way home!

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  • Essential Information

    • All necessary rafting equipment, lunch and transportation back to your vehicle at the meeting location will be provided
    • The minimum age for this rafting trip is 13 years
    • Adventurous beginner to intermediate level with class III - IV+ rapids

    Duration

    Expect a full day of rafting, approximately 7 hours.

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    Maximum Participants

    There is a limit of 8 people per raft plus the guide.

    Spectators

    This experience is only for those booked on the rafting adventure.

    Weather Dependent

    This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.

    What To Wear

    Expect to get wet! Swimsuits and closed toe shoes are recommended. Wet suits and paddle jackets may be rented at time of check-in.

    Rescheduling & Cancellations

    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, cancellations and rescheduling are allowed up to 30 days prior to the experience for a $50 per person cancellation fee. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel or reschedule at least 30 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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    1. Are there any weight and height restrictions?

      There is no specific weight limitation, however, each participant must fit into one of the life jackets with all buckles fastened. The regular flotation devices (PFD’s) fit a torso circumference of 52 inches maximum.

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