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South Fork of the American River

Highway 49, Coloma, CA
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Ranked #1 of 6 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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NV
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Hickman, CA
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30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We had a blast on the river today! We went with the Adventure Connections rafting company. Satan's Cesspool and Hospital Bar were the best rapids. Tons of fun, great guides, and a delicious lunch. I want to do it again!

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San Jose, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Disclaimer : I'm not affiliated with the outfit in any way, I mention them because they're the one we went with. There are many other outfits operating along the American River. The South Fork is where beginners usually go for whitewater rafting on American River, as the rapids are not as dangerous (Class 3). There are many outfits here, so... More

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