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South Fork of the American River

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This river is one of the most popular whitewater rafting and kayaking destinations in California.
Highway 49, Coloma, CA
+1 916-941-3101
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Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

We were following the California Cheese Trail Map and happened on this beautiful part of the American River. Cars park before and after the river so people can take trails, explore the river and more. A beautiful part of California for outdoorsmen.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed May 31, 2018

What a phenomenal experience. Not only was the river amazing (beautiful views, and beginner friendly), but H20 Adventures was the perfect company to go with. Our guide, Jeff, was friendly, helpful and all-around a great adventure guide. He was knowledgable, got to know us, made...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed February 9, 2018

Exquisite hikes and views. The air quality is so crisp, I detoxed! $10 parking fee for the day. I think it goes to the Parks . . . .

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank kinderwaters
Reviewed February 2, 2017

This is a great river for whitewater rafting, swimming, hiking, biking or almost any other outdoor pursuit. The location is great for those traveling from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe. Highway 50 goes along the river the whole time.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank mattkurth
Reviewed October 30, 2016

It's about 2 hrs. drive from Lake Tahoe to South Fork river (meeting point) and depends on traffic. So plan ahead if you're in that area. The trek in the river at that time in July is calm and suites all levels of rafting. Occasionally...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank S0lange13
Reviewed September 12, 2016

the river is beautiful and we see it every day. white water rafting is very popular in the summer and there are several camp grounds and rafting companies in the area.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank 447bettym
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...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Padma P
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...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank ZenDark30
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....More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank coolme_kiran
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...More

Date of experience: June 2015
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Response from RicOlsen | Reviewed this property |
There are plenty of spots on the river to tube. Right in Coloma in the park for example. Keep in mind that you are required to have a PFD (personal flotation device) (in addition to your tube) or you will be fined and... More
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Response from JQD2 | Reviewed this property |
If you stick between Coloma, the state park, and either the Lotus Park, or Camp Lotus, these kids should be safe enough in an inflatable kayak, as long as a knowledgeable, responsible adult was supervising... Of course, all... More