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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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Is river rafting an attraction?

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Pittsburg, California
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Pittsburg, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
25 helpful votes 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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Sunnyvale, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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