American River Rafting | California Whitewater Rafting

American River Recreation Whitewater Rafting Experts Since 1979!

American River Recreation has been the premier provider of fun and excitement on the American River, Merced River, and Kaweah River since 1979. We offer a wide variety of whitewater rafting trips for all ages and skill levels from first timer to expert. Our sole focus is to ensure you have a fun and memorable experience with us. Our rafting equipment is state of the art, and our whitewater rafting guides are the best in the industry. Whether you are looking for a gentle float down the river or a whitewater adventure, contact us today for your American River rafting experience!

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Half Day Rafting

Half Day Rafting

Trips starting at just $79 per person


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Day Rafting Trips

Day Rafting Trips

Trips Starting at just $99 with lunch


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Multi-Day Rafting

Multi-Day Rafting

Trips Starting at just $259 with camping and meals.


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Why Choose American River Recreation

Why Choose American River Recreation…

American River Recreation has the best American River rafting trips at the best prices, plus more good reasons to choose American River Recreation for your California river rafting vacation fun. Satisfaction guaranteed!

  • Over 35 years of California River Rafting
    We’ve been practicing for over thirty years to make your California river rafting adventure one you’ll never forget.
  • American River Recreation Guides are the Best
    Our California white water rafting guides are the best on the American River. They come from all over the state and country as well as international locations and lead river trips year round. They have an incredible amount of experience and some great stories to tell about rafting in California and elsewhere.
  • The American River Resort Base Camp is Unrivaled
    This private camp features an in-ground pool, volleyball court, horse shoe pits, flush toilets, and hot showers. It’s a shady, cool place to relax both before and after your American River rafting trip.
  • Our American River Food is Abundant & Delicious
    There are no excuses for going hungry on a California river rafting trip with American River Recreation.
  • American River Recreation’s California River Rafting Equipment is State of the Art
    Our new fleet of rafts are custom made and built to our specifications.
  • Best Value & Pricing for Your California White Water Rafting Trip is Guaranteed
    We will meet or beat anyone’s published price for California white water rafting.

American River Recreation – The Best Prices

American River Recreation - The Best Prices

  • South Fork American River – Our most popular American River rafting run. Fun for the whole family.
  • Middle Fork American River – American river rafting excitement for aggressive first-timers.
  • North Fork American River – A challenging run recommended for those with prior American River rafting experience.
  • Merced River – An excellent choice for combining California river rafting with a visit to Yosemite National Park.
  • Kaweah River – Experienced rafters will enjoy this California river rafting trip near Sequoia National Park.
  • Trip Maps & Meeting Times – Details you need to know about California white water rafting with American River Recreation.
  • Request a Brochure – We’ll mail you our latest California river rafting brochure about all the great river trips from American River Recreation.
  • Middle Fork Trip Photos – Order pictures of your exciting California white water rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the American River.

Our Most Popular Trips

South Fork Lower Gorge - Day Trip

South Fork Lower Gorge – Day Trip
The most popular day trip in California. Perfect for first time rafters, Families, Corporate Groups, Scout and Church Groups Student & Youth Groups and seasoned rafters. Spend a day filled with sunshine, relaxation and excitement paddling through fun rapids.

Middle Fork - Day Trip    Middle Fork – Day Trip
Idea for adventerious first timers and seasoned rafters. This trip features world class rapids in a gorgeous wilderness setting. Raft down the world famous Tunnel Chute rapid.

Lower Gorge Express - Afternoon Half Day Trip  Lower Gorge Express – Afternoon Half Day Trip
The best, longest and higest value half day rafting trip on the American River. Arrive at 12:00 PM and spend the afternoon rafting down the South Fork Lower Gorge. Relaxing scenery and thrilling whitewater rapids.

Chili Bar - Morning Half Day Trip

Chili Bar – Morning Half Day Trip
This is a morning half day trip filled with 6 miles of contineous fun rapids and beautiful scenery. Raft some of the biggest rapids on the South Fork of the American River.

Our Customers Say It Best…

This will be the 11th year I have organized a American river rafting trip with your organization!!! I started out with just 6 rafters and this year tops the record at 46 on June 23. Amazing! Many repeat rafters said this was the best one ever. The Middle Fork American River was definitely the challenge we expected.

The guides were fabulous as usual. Their individual personalities and style were the topic of conversation after the trips. Without a doubt, safety was #1 with the crew and it was mentioned over and over how professional and knowledgeable your staff is.

Respectfully, Judy’

View & Print – ARR River Trips Brochure

ARR River Trips BrochureClick to Download the American River Recreation Brochure. Plan your California river rafting adventure and look forward to a trip with the best and most experienced whitewater rafting company on the river. (The ARR brochure is in PDF format – you can view it online or print a copy.)