Rafting Adventure on South & North Fork of American River

Starts: Lotus, United States
Finishes: Lotus, United States

Visit: Lotus

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Rafting


Join us for a premier adventure in the Sierra Nevada foothills that combines two of Californias favorite whitewater runs: the classic South Fork and the unique North Fork of the American River. Flowing through the heart of Gold Country, the South Fork includes rapids which are challenging, yet not extreme. There is plenty of time to indulge in family or group bonding, playful joke telling, and spirited water fighting. In-between the rapids, theres always a little time for a refreshing swim in the cool, clear water.

With the experience of the South Fork under your belt, you will be ready to tackle the adventures of the North Fork of the American! Intricate boulder gardens, rushing falls and staircase drops promise intense paddling and adrenaline-inspiring thrills. The North Fork is an untamed Sierra Nevada beauty that is well worth enjoying. The trip includes a night of catered riverside camping at our OARS American River Outpost.

  • Paddle Raft with Oar AssistDuring periods of high water and mid-season one-day trips, we will only offer paddle rafts with an oar assist. The most agile of any boat in the OARS fleet, your guide powers the raft with two hefty oars on a rear-mounted frame, while the crew wields single blade paddles up front for added horsepower. Helmets required. (Four to six paddlers)
  • Paddle RaftThe sportiest of crafts we put on the water, everybody handles a paddle while the guide steers and gives directions from the back of the boat. Paddling together is essential to finding the right run, and teamwork begets success. A thrilling way to brave the rapids! Helmets required. (Four to six passengers.)
The South Forks exciting Class III whitewater is near-perfect fun for the whole family! The water on the South Fork is released during summer months from hydroelectric facilities located upstream. Such water releases are not subject to the control of El Dorado County or commercial rafting companies. The North Fork is an undammed Wild and Scenic River, so the season depends on the preceding winters snowfall.

To increase your safety, we expect everyone to watch our 23-minute Whitewater Orientation video before joining us. Watch at or call 800-346-6277 to request a free DVD. Please dont leave home without watching.

Address: 7330 River Park Drive, Lotus, CA 95651
GPS Coordinates: 38.806327, -120.903538

Adjacent to where Hwy 49 crosses the river, behind Hotshot Imaging and the River Park shopping center

10:30 AM


    • Raft 21 miles of the popular South Fork American River in 2 days
    • Enjoy delicious meals prepared by your guides
    • Cool off in the river while swimming through fun rapids & calm pools
    • Play volleyball or horseshoes
    • Camp at our riverside campground with showers, restrooms, & camp store

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 69421
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Lotus, United States
Finishes: Lotus, United States
Duration: 2 days
Physical rating: Basic


  • Skilled, professional guide service
  • 1 night catered camping, with hot showers and flush toilets
  • Meals from lunch on day-one through lunch on day-two, with limited beer and wine at dinner
  • High-quality inflatable rafts and related river equipment including paddle, helmet, personal flotation device, wetsuits and splash jackets.
  • Transfers from the meeting place to the river and back to our campground



Price person (sharing double) $329 ($164/day)


$250 per person for bookings made 30 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 30 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

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Since 1969 O.A.R.S. has been setting the unforgettable standard in rafting, sea kayaking and hiking adventures, with destinations & unparalleled experiences on the most legendary rivers, coastlines & mountains in the world – from California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, British Columbia, and Arizona’s Grand Canyon to the opulent gorges of Fiji and the Galapagos Islands, O.A.R.S. specializes in first-class adventures throughout Western North America, South America and the South Pacific.

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the “Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S. trips have been honored as “50 Tours of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler.

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