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“Great well-paced day on the river”
Review of River Runners

River Runners
Ranked #8 of 16 things to do in Lotus
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Inspired rafting adventures on the scenic American Rivers in Northern California. River Runners specializes in vacations on the South Fork of the American River. With River Runners you can unwind, unplug and have an unforgettable adventure.
Reviewed August 21, 2016

Really can't say enough good things about John and his guiding. Yes, he was a skillful experienced (15 years on the river?) guide who got us safely down the river. But it was the whole experience that was magical/special. Other tours take (we heard) 4 hours to go the route we did -- John gave us a full 6 hours, extremely patient and leisurely. He taught my daughter and niece how to skip rocks (he's quite good at it), he found multiple spots with fresh berries and helped us pick them. He found a great jumping rock that my daughter & I used happily, but when it was too high for my niece, he knew of a shorter rock, then patiently stood holding her hand for a good 10 minutes until she got the courage to jump off of it. Good lunch at a great spot that he has to himself. When we showed interest in history, he stopped at a totally random spot and walked us 15 feet to a channel that gold-rush-era miners had dynamited to redirect the river -- super cool. And he was a great conversationalist throughout. Fab day.

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Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

A truly amazing outdoor experience! Our day with River Runners was more than a rafting trip, it was a connection with nature, the river and truly wonderful people; our guides John and Sarah.

We paddled, swam, learned about river history, heard old family stories, picked amazing berries, laughed, leaped and made life long memories. Thank you!

1  Thank 618er
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Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

We ranged in age from 8 to 65 and had a great time. Most of us were first-timers and we had no trouble. Prepare to get soaked.

John and his wife are very gracious and treat everyone like family. It's definitely a very laid-back atmosphere.

One nice thing about this company is that they take their time going down the river. You also are not required to wear a helmet.

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Reviewed July 18, 2016

Just back from the most amazing weekend on the American River with River Runners. We were a group of 24 friends that went up for a 2-day river adventure and River Runners are by far the best. If you are looking for an experience beyond just zipping through the river, stopping and seeing where a beaver is building a dam, picking some blackberries, jumping from rocks into rapids or just catching some sun on some rocks at some of the best places along the river than River Runners is for you. This is my 5th year going up and rafting with River Runners and it is one of my most anticipated weekends of the year!

They do everything for us, we just relaxed the entire time and enjoyed. We arrived on Friday afternoon and the tents were ready for us all we had to do was select the one we wanted, place it where we wanted and put our stuff in it and then relax. They did the rest. Day 1 began with them making breakfast for us in the morning and cleaning it up, a great orientation of what to expect and how to be safe rafting on the river then it was to a day on the river. We stopped for a great lunch all set up by them along the river and relaxed a bit and then jumped back in the boats to raft the rest of the day. A bus picked us up and bussed us back to camp where we showered and they made dinner for us and cleaned it up as well so we could just relax and enjoy our beers, the stars, a campfire and the great outdoors. Day 2 they again made a great breakfast, cleaned up and then bussed us up river to another starting point where we rafted the better part of the day and then ended back at the camp where they made us bbq'd hamburgers and hot dogs and we said our goodbyes to head back home.

Absolutely, by far, the best and most knowledgeable guides on the river and you will have the most amazing time. The owners John Kosakowsky & Sarah Vee are wonderful and their guides not only know the river and have your safety as their number 1 priority but they know the best spots to stop, the best rapids to swim (if you want to swim rapids), the best places to jump from rocks and ride a rapid only to have it spin you back into a small calm pool. If you are just into kicking it in the boat, that is cool too.

The best weekend ever! They are AWESOME!

1  Thank Dan D
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Reviewed July 11, 2016

I just came back from a wonderful day on the South Fork with River Runners. Daniel was our guide. Another mom and I each had our 2 kids, ranging in age from 9-14. If you want to go river rafting, avoid the weekend days as the number of rafts out on the river is very high , which makes the experience less fun. We opted to go on a Friday, which proved to be a great choice. River Runners has a different philosophy than many of the other companies that run day trips. In total, we were on the water about 7 hours. Kids were allowed to jump off the raft to swim (if you like cold water, then you will LOVE this river), and there were several places where we were allowed to jump off rocks into deep pools of water. Everyone had a GREAT time and we were never rushed or told to hurry up. Many of the other companies that charge about the same price, spend about half the amount of time on the water, which leads to a very different experience.

Things to bring with you on the raft: Wear water shoes, if possible, as you will have these on your feet all day long. I wore Teva's but by the latter half of the day, they felt heavy with the water and sand from the river. Wear a rash guard! Don't mess around with the sun. We all wore long sleeve rash guards, hats, and sunglasses and we were very happy. Bring a dry change of clothes to change into . You will be very happy to get out of your wet stuff at the end of the day. Also bring a dry pair of sandals or flip flops. Daniel was fabulous and patient with the kids.

1  Thank Dominique B
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