River Class Length in Days Meeting Time Approx. End Time
Class 3 1 day 10:00 AM Daily 4:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Best Value Day Rafting & Longest Lower Gorge Trip on the American River

Trip Meet Time: 10:00 PM Trip Daily

End Time: Approx. 4:30 – 5:00 PM

Meeting Location: American River Resort, Coloma CA

Trip Length: 6 Hours

Time on Water: Approx. 4 Hours – 15 River Miles

Rapid Difficulty: Class 3

Intensity: Easy/Beginner/Intermediate

Minimum Age: 6 years

Price: Trips Start at $119

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 Best Value Day Trip on the American River
  • The Longest Gorge 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 some of the Biggest Rapids on the South Fork
  • Rapids – Fowlers, Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing Rock, Hospital Bar
  • All Shuttles from Folsom Lake to Coloma
  • Free Hot Showers at Finish
  • Free Night of Camping before your trip


The Gorge Run is the most popular South Fork American River Rafting trip and is by far the longest Gorge Day trip offered. This South Fork whitewater rafting tour takes you through 15 miles of scenic countryside and builds to almost non-stop class III excitement ending in the world famous Folsom Lake.

Starting gently and building to almost non-stop California river rafting excitement, you will travel through a spectacular canyon of rock cliffs and thundering California river rafting waters. This is a perfect trip for first time rafters, families with children, corporate groups, school and church groups of all sizes.

The adventure begins right at the American River Resort camp launching point. Here you will meet your guides, receive the safety talk and paddling instructions before the journey begins. We serve a delicious deli-style lunch buffet on the river a few hours after launching. After lunch, the rafting adventure continues highlighted by spectacular scenery and more exciting rapids; Fowler’s Rock, Upper Haystack, Satan’s Cesspool, Son of Satan’s, Bouncing Rock, and Hospital Bar, to name a few. Our 15-mile journey ends at the head waters of Folsom Lake. You can swap stories and relax on the scenic shuttle ride back to your cars where we arrive at approximately 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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