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South Fork of the American River

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Address: Highway 49, Coloma, CA
Phone Number: 9169413101
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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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Full-Day Whitewater Rafting on the South Fork American River
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Whitewater Rafting 1 Day Trip South Fork American River - Gorge Run

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Day trip white water rafting

We went with two kids, 12 and 9- the nine year old has autism and has anxiety. We called the company ahead of time and they were great. gave our family a raft and the guide was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2016
Padma K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

We went with two kids, 12 and 9- the nine year old has autism and has anxiety. We called the company ahead of time and they were great. gave our family a raft and the guide was excellent, understanding and great with my kids. it is an expensive day trip. we did the express 3 hour trip without the meal.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management River Rangers rock. I was honored to tag along on one of their river patrol and clean-up days and let me tell you, they really do the dirty work. From cleaning toilets to collecting trash, they help keep the river safe and clean for the thousands of boaters that run the river each year.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

The rapids in the Lower Gorges - South Fork of American River are amazing. These are totally beginner friendly (Class 3+) and rafting through them is great fun. My personal favorite was Satan's Cesspool. Rafting in these waters is a truly amazing and memorable experience. Everyone should try this atleast once in their life - a great adventure activity and... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

The gorge section of the South Fork American River is a wonderful whitewater experience. It is the best class 3 run I have ever been on. Starts out easy but becomes more difficult as you enter the gorge. Rapids are mostly pool drop. A couple of them are big and very challenging.

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Thank WillD52
Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Great beginner rafting with fun rapids. Looking for your first trip try the south fork. Suggest American Whitewater Expedition this company provides everything and they were so much fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The first time we've been rafting but definitely not the last. We chose AO (All-Outdoors) who looked after us impeccably - great service, lunch, conversation and a fair price for a brilliant day.

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Ft Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

My husband, 11 yr old and myself booked a raft trip with American Whitewater Expeditions August of 2014, our first WW raft trip ever. The river is very pretty, clean and lots of fun. I can't say enough about the outfitter we chose and our guide, both FANTASTIC! Great river to raft, lots of twists and turns and ups and... More 

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

This river is beautiful and challenging. Our 6 hour trip is now a favorite memory. Pick your guides wisely and some discount trips also cut corners on safety. Same is true of the river photographers. Hot shots is a mass movement with no personal attention, go for the one with the pink sign. Make sure to tip your guide.

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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Thank Robert R

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