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South Fork of the American River

Highway 49, Coloma, CA
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Ranked #3 of 7 Attractions in Coloma
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Kayaking, White-water rafting
Description: This river is one of the most popular whitewater rafting and kayaking destinations in California.
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Morro Bay, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

There is nothing more refreshing than a raging river! Even though it was a low flow year, it was gorgeous!

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Pittsburgh, PA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This is a great place for recreation that is nestled and away from it all. We even did some gold panning where I found a flake of gold. It looks very family friendly, dogs, and people of all ages can find something for them to enjoy.

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Nv
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Fantastic half-day try, Coloma to Folsom Lake. OARS provided a nice lunch before we started. The guides were great - knowledgeable and well trained. I was with a group including children form 12 upwards. I think 10 and up could handle it.

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Foster City, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The water was freezing, but you get used to it. The water is also a bit rough (lots of rapids), so a life jacket is a must. Bring a heavy duty raft.

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Placerville
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you live in California, or are visiting Northern California, make the time for a visit to Coloma. If you want to make it special and go back in time, make the visit camping at Coloma Resort. To get there you go over a 1 lane bridge built for wagons and Model A's, and you have a wide range of... More

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Fountain Hills AZ
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

River had a great mix of rapids and calm water to get some excitement mixed with relaxing floating or swimming.

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Sunnyvale, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The water released by Dam , makes this is a good river for rafting. THere are many local rafting companies running rafting tours through this river during the season. Water is generally cold.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We spent two nights camping here in a very comfortable tent with the day in between spent on the South Fork of the American River. Our guide, Carl, was fantastic. He knew the river inside and out and guided us along on the sometimes incredibly exhilarating rapids. The whole ride lasted around 4 and a half hours. Mariah's staff were... More

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Hillsborough, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Great River period! The rafting companies seem to do a great job also. I watched them all day navigating "Troublemaker" from my camp and it looked like wicked fun. I offer a very fun alternative to booking a guide. We stayed at the Coloma Resort on this trip and did a safe, kid friendly perpetual float on tubes all on... More

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San Jose, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Over the past 25 years I've done many rafting trips on both the South Fork and the Middle Fork of the American River and I have enjoyed them all. I've done all of my trips with All-Outdoors. ("AO" is one of the original rafting outfits on the American River and offers trips down several California rivers.) If you live in... More

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