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South Fork of the American River

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Address: Highway 49, Coloma, CA
Activities: White-water rafting, Kayaking
Description: This river is one of the most popular whitewater rafting and kayaking...
This river is one of the most popular whitewater rafting and kayaking destinations in California.
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Kmart Coffin on Trouble maker

A great place to get in some white water close to town. There are several places you can put in at or near Coloma. Just make sure you know what you are doing, don't have pool toys... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Sacramento, California, United States
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Sacramento, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

A great place to get in some white water close to town. There are several places you can put in at or near Coloma. Just make sure you know what you are doing, don't have pool toys (Kmart coffin) and a near shore PFD like I have seen so many times. The names of the rapids (trouble maker) should be... More 

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Qingdao, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I visited this area to go kayaking. The section of the American River that runs through Coloma is a Class 3 intermediate run. The local outfitteres were equipped with rafts, kayaks, and lessons for beginner level boaters.

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Lotus, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Again, this is where I live! This is what we do all summer!! It's really really fun! You can use your own raft for free or you can pay about $75 per person and go with a rafting tour place. There are MANY to choose from up here. AND there are a few photography places that snap your picture on... More 

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Pittsburg, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Family reunion at Camp Lotus last weekend... Over 30 members including five river guides, and complete equipment for a river run... There are commercial trips still available on the South Fork, even during the drought, because the powers that be must release water thru the whitewater stretch every weekend... And while the water isn't at the usual high levels, it... More 

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Morro Bay, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 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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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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Address: Address: Highway 49, Coloma, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Coloma

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