Middle Fork American River: Tunnel Chute

(Class IV+ Whitewater)

• Historical Gold Mining Country • 
• Exhilarating Legendary Rapids •
• Gorgeous Scenery •
• Delicious Lunch •
• A True Wilderness Experience •


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The Middle Fork – American River

This wilderness 17 mile run offers some of the best summer long advanced whitewater in the state. Rapids start out from the get go with a fast splashy rapid called “Good Morning”. Rapids continue as the boats soar over the beautifully lined river bed filled with white quartz veins slicing through grey granite and dark limestone. Within the first mile and a half of the trip you’ll run one of the biggest rapids of the day, the legendary “Tunnel Chute”. In 1889 gold miners blasted out this chute and tunnel in order to mine the pre-existing river bed. By changing the river, the miners created a wild whitewater rush for boaters to enjoy over a century later. This man made rapid makes this advanced run a trip you’ll never forget. Halfway through the trip, the river slows down creating perfect opportunities to swim, play games, and absorb the warm summer sun as your guides fix a gourmet lunch. If time permits, lush creeks and side canyons offer a perfect side hike, transforming your surroundings into a cool lush Eden. The trip ends with more high adventure rapids as the river gradient steepens for an exciting finish. Steep drops await, technical boat maneuvering is a must, as you and your crew jet through the rapids. This high adventure trip is catered to guests looking for a little more action. Due to the nature of the trip, children must be 13 years old and strong swimmers to participate. Don’t hesitate to come on this classic California whitewater adventure. You’ll be glad you did.


covid-19 protocols

– Please click the link above and review our 2020 Covid-19 protocols  
– All guests need to fill out of Wellness Questionnaire prior to rafting. (Available to fill out at check-in).
– Temperature readings at check-in.
– Facemasks worn at check- in as well as on the bus.
– Social Distancing when possible.


Tahoe Whitewater guides are committed to showing the High Adventure Guest the wildest ride available on the Middle Fork. So be ready to get wet! The High Adventure Trips require a team effort; guests will be expected to exert high physical energy. If you are afraid to get wet, this is not the adventure for you.


Class: III-IV+

  • 13 Years And Above Recommended
  • Everyone Paddles
  • Everyone should be in good physical shape (weight limit 250 lbs.)
  • Previous Experience Recommended

Due to Covid-19 we are only meeting our guests in Auburn, Ca rather than Truckee. This cuts down on time spent in our vans.
Times:  8:30am in Auburn
Auburn Meeting Location: Guests meet behind the Raley’s grocery store rather than Truckee.     13384 Lincoln Way Auburn, Ca, 95603

Available: April – September
Length: 16 Miles, All day
Maximum Passengers: 6 Per Boat, Plus A Guide
Reservations Required: Yes
Available Trip Dates: Available weekdays Monday – Friday all summer long!

Price: $145.00 per person
No Payment Due until the day of your tour!
Includes lunch, transportation, equipment, and guided trip
Discounts for groups of 12 or more


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Getting Here

Meeting location

13384 Lincoln Way Auburn, Ca, 95603
8:30am 

– We meet in Auburn CA, to run the Middle Fork American River.
– The Drive from North Lake Tahoe to Auburn takes roughly 1hr 20min.

-Due to Covid19 all of our Middle Fork Trips will be met in Auburn behind the Raleys Grocery Store. At this time, we plan to meet here in order to cut back on overall time spent in our vans. 


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