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Bird’s Eye View
The South Fork of the American River is one of the most popular whitewater runs in the United States. Its popularity stems from its proximity to other cool places like the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe and its accessible but fun Class III rapids. This is the perfect family rafting trip because it’s fun for people who have rafted before, but doesn’t overwhelm beginners.
The South Fork in a Nutshell
Difficulty: Class III – Upper & Lower; Class II – C to G
Gradient: 25 ft/mi
Length: 21 miles, (shorter options)
Season: Apr to Oct; winter weekends
Sections: Chili Bar (Upper); Coloma to Greenwood Creek (C to G); Gorge (Lower)
Who should go: Beginner and intermediate rafters and kayakers, families, business groups, bachelor(ette) parties…
Whitewater & Scenery
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