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Reviewed September 12, 2018
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Been rafting with River Runners for a few summers and they never disappoint! All the guides are... read more

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Reviewed July 25, 2018

We had a wonderful time with River Runners. The experience has all the joys of camping (tent, campfire, geese) with none of the hassle (or equipment). They provide everything and even get the campfire going at the end of the night.

And then, of course, the highlight was the rafting. Our guide was Chris, and he was so knowledgeable about the river, we could not have asked for anyone better. He guided us around the scary parts and right into the thrilling parts! We had my 7 year old and he found her rocks to jump off, whirlpools to float in, and rapids to swim. I had complete faith in him when he said that something was safe.

The American River is gorgeous, fun, and exciting. River Runners made it a truly fun and easy family friendly adventure. We have already recommended them to everyone we've talked to about this trip and are excited to go back.

Definite highlight of our trip.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Tiffani C
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Reviewed July 23, 2018

We were lucky enough to have John and Chris as our guides this weekend on the afternoon Gorge Trip. I grew up in Colorado, by far the best river rafting experience I've ever had. We were a party of 13, 6 of those kids 12 and under, all in John's boat! He was fantastic and we hit the rapids straight on, but the kids were totally safe and had the full experience. Chris had 4 of the adults in his boat and he was also extremely skilled but just a great cool guy you could spend 4 hours with. They had a few stops that were so fun, some rock jumping into the river the kids loved, the whirlpool, and riding the rapids. A full not top notch experience that is organic with safety #1 vs. the large commercial outfits that want to churn as many people thru in a day that they can. John and Sarah run a great business and charge a very reasonable price. Definitely check them out, highly recommend. Thank you John and Chris, we had a fabulous day from a tough crowd

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Julie Y
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

This was one of the best trips I've taken - can't recommend River Runners enough, and can't wait to go back next year, if not before.

I booked with River Runners partially because their website seemed personal and friendly, and partially because they were the only outfit running a two-night camping trip - and we wanted two nights in a tent! I went with a friend and her 7.5-year-old daughter - her first rafting trip! - and we were excited to introduce her to the river and get in some fun for the grown-ups as well. Sarah was super responsive by e-mail - replying within an hour of my trip request - and helped us get the details squared away ahead of our trip.

We arrived at Camp Lotus to find a Welcome note with our names written on the big chalkboard outside of camp - and it was just our three names! I can't express how appreciative we were that the trip wasn't cancelled despite us being their only clients for that trip. From the moment we arrived it was personal and intimate and fun. The tents were already set up (and FYI, that two-people-per-tent note means two people in what must be a six-person tent - they were huge!), and before we headed out for dinner we found that Sarah had set up the makings of a campfire (bring your s'mores materials!) as well as the extra-large Jenga (made from 2x4s, we got a little obsessive about that game) for us before calling it a night.

Mornings involved hot drinks ready to go at 7AM, and breakfast at 8AM, under the covered, lighted eating area next to their large kitchen. The food was fantastic - eggs to order (again, only three of us on the trip) and bacon (cooked by vegetarians, no less!), pastries, fruit, pancakes... And when they found out I am a Diet Coke drinker, a DC appeared at every meal. Super thoughtful. Lunch on the river was great as well - really high-quality ingredients (Sun-dried tomatoes! Avocado! *Actual* turkey and not that weird processed deli meat!) for thick sandwiches, and big bags of salty chips (perfect!). Dinner was going to be steak AND fish AND chicken but we protested as a small party of three, so went with the steak (which was SO good). Did not feel like "camp food" - we felt really spoiled.

Our guide, Chris, was *fantastic.* He was super friendly, knew the river and the history of the area ridiculously well, and made running the rapids super smooth (of course, this included the calculated runs into the smooth boulders to spin the boat around, and diving us headfirst into the big waves in the rapids to get us all wet, "surfing" as much as we could that also involved getting completely soaked - it was great!). We stopped wherever we could - jumped off ~10-foot rocks (at two different spots!), sat in the warm "Queen's bath", picked blackberries (Chris had to brave the thorny bushes to get to the ripe ones), spun around in a whirlpool, swam the "swimmers rapids" (both times!), and were able to hop out of the boat at every (safe) opportunity to enjoy the water. Chris avoided the "red horde" (another company that had TONS of boats on the river) so that it felt like the river was ours. He even fished out a baton (no joke) from the river bottom and gave it to our youngest companion, who may now become part of a marching band (or use it as a weapon, it's unclear at this point). We spent 7 hours on the river on the first day. It was spectacular. We were picked up with a cooler of cold drinks and an easy ride back to camp. The second day was equally spectacular - more rock-jumping, a swimmers rapid, floating in the calm sections, surfing, avoiding the red horde. We returned to a meal of huge burgers. We were lucky to sit and chat with Sarah and John and Chris while we ate, and learned about the history of River Runners and how it's passed from owner to RR guide through the years.

We saw the camp gaggle of geese and their goslings (too close and they hiss, watch out), herons and huge fish on the river, and only a few mosquitos overall.

There aren't enough nice things I can say about this trip. It was magical. It felt custom, personal, and even luxurious (if you can feel that while camping on the river!).

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Megan H
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Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile

Camp Lotus River Runners, best rafting trip ever! Joe was not just a driver he was a guide! Learned not to fear the river, the rocks or the rapids with training and safety instructions. Learned what we each saw in each other that was positive and encouraging. Practiced working as a team to make it through some knarly Class III rapids!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Angela P
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Reviewed May 29, 2018

Can't begin to recommend RR enough! John and Sarah run a great tour that upon arrival, makes you feel like you're on a great family vacation without the drama:) They are your guides, your cooks, your morning coffee buddies. The camp site is so peaceful and serene right on the river. The water lulls you to sleep and is there to welcome you on your adventure in the morning. Their tours are different than everyone else on the river...they.take.their.time! You'll stop along the way in little eddys and cliff jump, swim, relax, and take your lunch breaks as you watch everyone else paddle swiftly to the end like it's a race down the river. And the rapids are awesome especially knowing you've got such professional and accomplished guides navigating the way. Don't be those people wishing you were taking it all in and enjoying the scenery. Book with River Runners for the best food, memories, and adrenaline.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Mustilly81
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