Gorge Rafting Trip (Fridays/Sundays)

What to expect
  • Take a one day trip on the South Fork of the American River through the rolling foothills of California's Mother Lode country
  • Get comfortable with a gentle start and gain confidence on the rafts
  • Pull over at a peaceful spot, stretch your legs, and enjoy a tasty riverside picnic
  • After lunch, hit the "big rapids"after you pass The Lollipop Tree
This trip will get you acclimated to rafting with a gentle start. You'll kick the day off at the meeting spot at Camp Lotus, and it won't be long before you test your skills on the water. First you'll warm up on Class II rapids with peaceful calm stretches where you're welcome to even jump in the river for a swim. At some point you'll pull over at a peaceful spot and grab some lunch at a tasty riverside picnic. The "big rapids" come next when you pass The Lollipop Tree.

From there on out you're in the wild wild west -- er, "American River Gorge," which might as well be one and the same, in the rafting world. You'll get to traverse through fun rapids with exciting names such as "Satan's Cesspool," "Lost Lunch," and "The Surprise." Then, the highlight of the tour and everyone's favorite: "The Hospital Bar."

At the end of your journey you'll head back to Camp Lotus, where you can shower, change, and grab something to eat. These one-day South Fork American River trips are great for first-time rafters, but still plenty of fun for the seasoned veterans as well.

Don't get too wet!

Note: Prices include 10 miles of rafting, rafting equipment, a delicious picnic lunch, and shuttle to and from Camp Lotus.
Key Highlights
Price $132.00 per guest
Duration / Session 6.5 hours
# Sessions 1
All cancellations are subject to a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the deposit amount. The balance of the full fare or deposit is refundable provided written notice of the cancellation is received by ARTA prior to the final payment deadline or 30 days prior to Sierra trips. No refunds will be made for late cancellation unless ARTA is able to refill your place at least 10 days prior to trip departure.

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