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“Tons of fun for the entire family if comfortable in colder, rapid water”

South Fork of the American River
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Full-Day Whitewater Rafting on the South Fork American River
Ranked #4 of 7 things to do in Coloma
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Owner description: This river is one of the most popular whitewater rafting and kayaking destinations in California.
roseville
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“Tons of fun for the entire family if comfortable in colder, rapid water”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

I started rafting the upper south fork on our own with our own lousy equipment (don't recommend) over thirty years ago. The scenery is beautiful, enough trills in the rapids for most enthusiasts. Not for the very young or someone not comfortable in the water which can be quite cold. It is not for your innertube floaters!

Visited July 2012
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San Diego, California
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“South fork American River with Rubicon Whitewater Adventures”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

We rafted with Rubicon Whitewater Adventures They were great. One of the few small family run operations. When I called the owners wife answered the phone and was very personable.
We only had 16 in our group, the last trip I went on had over 50 people in the group and were were "herded" down the river like cattle. Both the owner and his son were on our trip. Their guides seem older and more experienced than some of the other companies. I would highly recommend them, especially for families and kids trips.

Visited July 2012
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San Mateo, California
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8 reviews
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“W.E.T. River Trips”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

This was my first time ever going white water rafting. The instruction was funny and understandable. Our guides, (we traveled in a two raft group), were professional and really fun. They gave us great historical information on the region and just general information. This was a class two and three river...the most significant thing that I learned is that I want to venture down the middle fork, class IV rapids. If you lean towards more thrill head to the middle fork first. I chose the south fork because I didn't know what to expect.

Visited August 2012
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El Dorado Hills, California
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“Exciting but not terror”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

The south fork of the american is a great beginner/ intermediate river. Some fun rapids that will get your attention without putting you in harms way. Go early in the season for the best water. But try to pick a hot day so you can enjoy the ice cold water more.

Visited June 2012
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Sonoma
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29 reviews
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“Get Wet and Wild In CA!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

White water rafting is a fabulous spring or summer adventure in Northern California. Nothing beats a day on the river, with some gorgeous scenery and amazing rapids to get your adrenaline going! The South Fork of the American is the most popular river in the state, so it can get a little crowded on the warm summer weekends. But come on a weekday and you won't be disappointed!! It's not too difficult so it's great for the whole family - they take kids down to about age 7. Plenty of nice campgrounds around Coloma or Placerville too. Call Mariah Wilderness Expeditions.

Visited May 2012
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