American River Rafting Tours - California Gold Country

Enjoy the peaceful scenery or ride the rapids of the American River through historic Gold Country!

A tributary of the American River that flows from the Sierra Nevada mountains, the South Fork is one of the most popular whitewater rafting destinations in California. The stretch of river from Coloma to the upper reaches of Folsom Lake (Chili Bar and Gorge section) provide exciting Class II and Class III rapids.

Historically, it was on the banks of the South Fork where gold was first discovered in California by James Marshall in 1848. This discovery started the Gold Rush of 1849 which forever changed the history of California.

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