The beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range offers an array of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking trails to skiing, and even whitewater rafting. El Dorado County is famous not only for its rich history and incredible vineyards and wineries, but this area also attracts adventurers who enjoy the great outdoors. The whitewater rafting in El Dorado County is wonderful for visitors of all ages and can be approached as a day trip as well as an overnight expedition.
The American River as it flows through El Dorado County offers an unforgettable experience to water lovers, aged 7 to 75! Made famous by the 1849 Gold Rush, this is the river where James Marshall first discovered gold. Today the South Fork is California’s most popular whitewater river.
Both the upper and lower sections of the South Fork American River promise great rapids and gorgeous scenery. The upper section of the American River quickly becomes a rollicking ride over countless rapids such as Meat-grinder, Racehorse, Triple Threat, and the infamous Troublemaker. South Fork is an intermediate Class III adventure and can be appreciated by rafters of any age and skill level.
The Gorge begins with mellow Class I and II rapids, then increases in difficulty as the canyon narrows and produces Class III rapids. This area consists of Fowler’s Rock, Satan’s Cesspool, Haystack Canyon, Bouncing Rock and Hospital Bar Rapids. The journey ends on the warm, still waters of Folsom Lake.
With so many Outfitters to choose from, you and your friends and family have a number of options when it comes to planning your whitewater experience. These outfitters tailor their trips to fit a variety groups, and range from half day to 2-day long trips. Whether you’re looking to get out on the water with friends for a partial day’s ride, or have organized a trip for your co-workers, recreational group, or church, this is a something-for-everyone area, made easy by the professionals who know how to do it right.
An El Dorado County white water rafting trip combines the river’s natural beauty, rich historical background, and exhilarating rapids into one great whitewater vacation experience.
- Action Whitewater Adventures
- Adventure Connection
- All Outdoors, Inc.
- American River Recreation
- American River Touring Association
- American Whitewater Expeditions
- ASI / Peak Adventures
- Beyond Limits Adventures, Inc.
- California Canoe & Kayak
- Current Adventures Kayak School
- CSU Chico – Adventure Outings
- Disabled Sports USA
- Earthtrek Expeditions
- Environmental Traveling Companions
- H2O Adventures LLC
- Koolriver Adv. Tours Inc.
- Mariah Wilderness Expeditions
- Mother Lode River Trips
- O.A.R.S. West, Inc.
- Outdoor Adventures, UC Davis
- River Runners
- Rubicon Whitewater Adventures
- Sierra Whitewater
- Tahoe Whitewater Tours
- Tributary Whitewater Tours
- W.E.T. River Trips
- Whitewater Excitement