South Fork American River: Gorge Run

(Class III Whitewater)

Best From North Lake Tahoe
• Leisurely Start, Exciting Finish •
• Perfect Introductory River • 
• Large waves and splashes •
• Lots of Swimming opportunities •
• Fun for the whole family •
• Delicious lunch •

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The South Fork – American River (Gorge Run)

The South Fork of the American River cuts through the heart of the Coloma-Lotus Valley, a beautiful setting to start one of the most popular stretches of whitewater in the United States. Our Gorge Run offers 12 miles of river fun and excitement.  The first hour of this trip is fairly easy, creating a perfect setting to learn all the basics of whitewater rafting. Lunch is served on a large natural beach with ample space to lay out and tan or enjoy a refreshing swim in the calm river. After Lunch is served, the river picks up speed as it enters the lower gorge. Most rapids on the trip are located in this lower section. By this point your guides have trained you and your crew to be a professional rafting team ready for anything. Rapids continually build, walls of water douse from all sides as laughter and cries of joy are heard between the wild waters. One after another the rapids continue until finishing in Folsom Reservoir where a tow out from a jet ski awaits. The South Fork American River- Gorge Run is a perfect trip for first time river runners because of its mellow start, beginner and intermediate rapids, and large waves toward the end. An enjoyable day awaits for you to come and discover this popular river.

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Class: II-III

  • 7 Years and above recommended
  • Everyone paddles
  • Everyone should be in good physical shape (weight limit 250 lbs.)
  • No experience necessary

Meeting Time: 7:45am in Truckee
Meeting Location: 10015 Palisades Dr, Truckee, Ca, 96161
Alernate Meeting Location: Drive yourself and meet us in Auburn: 13384 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA, 95603. Behind Raleys (9:00am)
Available: April – September
Length: 12 Miles, All Day
Maximum Passengers: 7 passengers Per Boat. Occasionally Maximum 9 Passengers, Plus A Guide. Ask For Details.
Available Trip Dates: Everyday all summer long!

Price: $135.00 per adult and $125.00 per child 12 or younger. Includes lunch, transportation, equipment, and guided trip. Discounts for groups of 12 or more

Quick Itinerary 

7:45am– Meet at our Truckee Office  
– The South Fork American Gorge Run begins just outside of Coloma, Ca, about 1 hour 40 minute drive from Truckee. 
– If you’d like to drive yourself rather than meet us in Truckee, you may meet us behind Raley’s in Auburn: 13384 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA, 95603. (9:00am)

10:00am- 3:00pm (roughly)- Enjoying the day out on the river.

4:45pm- 5:30pm– Back to Truckee. 

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