American River Recreation has been providing fun-filled days of whitewater rafting to San Luis Obispo since 1979. San Luis Obispo is located roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Founded in 1772 by the Spanish, it is one of California’s oldest communities and referred to locals by SLO. It is home to California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo and Cuesta College. Home to famous landmarks such as the eccentric Madonna Inn, the Fremont Theatre which is a historic Art Deco theatre, and Bubble Gum Alley San Luis Obispo is a great city to call home or to visit.
But even with all that history, a fun activity that San Luis Obispo does not have is whitewater river rafting. So when you want to escape SLO town for a weekend and get to the mountains for some river rafting on the American River, call American River Recreation. We offer a number of whitewater rafting trips for people of all ages and skill levels. We offer Class II and III whitewater rafting trips that your family can enjoy, and for those of you looking to boost your adrenaline we offer great Class IV whitewater rafting experiences.
- Kaweah River—3:00 hour drive (164 miles) from San Luis Obispo
- Merced River—4:06 hour drive (214 miles) from San Luis Obispo
- Middle Fork American—5:20 hours (330 miles) from San Luis Obispo
- South Fork American—5:30 hours (338 miles) from San Luis Obispo
- North Fork American—5:30 hours (338 miles) from San Luis Obispo
Whitewater Rafting Trips Only 3 Hours Drive from San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo isn’t just a college town with limited activities. The Madonna Inn, the Gas Lamp District, Bubble Gum Alley, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and one of the largest Mardi Gras parties west of the Mississippi River will give residents and guests plenty to do. While you’re in San Luis Obispo, take a weekend to enjoy an exciting whitewater rafting trip with American River Recreation. We offer rafting trips for people of all skills levels and supply everything you need to make your day memorable. Within three hours you could be on class Class II and III whitewater rafting trips that your family can enjoy, or a Class IV whitewater rafting trip for more adventurous and experienced rafters.