River Class Length in Days Meeting Time Approx. End Time
Class 3 1/2 day 12:30 PM Daily 4:30 PM- 5:00 PM

An Afternoon Half-Day of Rafting, A Lifetime of Memories

Trip Meet Time: 12:30 PM Daily

End Time: Approx. 4:30 – 5:00 PM

Meeting Location: American River Resort, Coloma CA

Trip Length: 4 Hours

Time on Water: Approx. 3.5 Hours – 15 River Miles

Rapid Difficulty: Class 3

Intensity: Easy/Beginner/Intermediate

Minimum Age: 6 years

Price: Trips Start at $99

Trip Discounts: 6 -23 people – for every 5 paid rafters the 6th goes half fare, 24 people or more – please call for special pricing


  • The Longest Half Day Trip on the American River
  • Professional, Safe, Fun & Courteous Guides
  • All Safety Equipment Provided – Lifejacket, Helmet & Paddle
  • Free Wet-Suits and Splash Jackets for Spring Rafting
  • Raft the Gorge – Biggest Rapids on the South Fork of the American
  • Rapids – Fowlers Rock, Satan’s Cesspool, Hospital Bar
  • Trip Ends in Folsom Lake
  • Free Hot Showers at Finish


Our afternoon Half-Day Gorge Express is our most popular half day trip and at 15 miles is the best value and longest half day river rafting trip on the American River. It’s the perfect mix of relaxation and whitewater excitement. This trip offers a later 12:30 PM start time and is a great introduction to California river rafting. This river trip option is perfect for those desiring a shorter day without meals while still experiencing the full, action packed adventure the Gorge has to offer.

The adventure begins at the American River Resort campground where we will launch the rafts. Here you will meet your guides, receive the safety talk and paddling instructions before the journey begins. Our river rafting trip starts on Class I-II rapids which gives everyone a chance to warm up and relax. For first time rafters or kids this first half is mellow allowing ample time to build confidence. The excitement builds as you enter the ‘Gorge’, offering some of the most thrilling rapids and spectacular scenery. Fowler’s Rock, Upper Haystack, Satan’s Cesspool, Son of Satan’s, Bouncing Rock and Hospital Bar are just a few of the rapids you will encounter. Our 15-mile-long journey ends at Folsom Lake. Relax and swap stories on the scenic shuttle ride back to your cars, where we arrive at around 4:30-5:00 PM. Please be aware that a variety of factors may cause a trip to end earlier or later than planned. Take this into consideration when making your travel plans.

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