Whitewater Rafting

California's most popular rafting destination.

Whitewater rafting in El Dorado County is exciting for visitors of all ages, with options ranging from day trips to overnight expeditions.

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The South Fork of the American River – Adrenaline Pumping Rapids and Scenic Floats

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 famous 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 that’s 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 exciting rapids into one great whitewater vacation experience.

Interested in knowing what the river is flowing? Check out Dreamflows for the information you need.

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