Going with an outfitter is truthfully, the best way to see the Middle Fork. There are several challenging Class IV rapids, and the water is only released for a few hours each day, so there is not much time to scout. Additionally, the shuttle logistics are more complicated than most other accessible rivers in California. The Middle Fork of the American is a very popular commercial run because of its proximity to San Francisco and Sacramento, it runs all summer, and it offers exciting Class IV rapids. A 2-day trip is a great way to escape other rafters and get the canyon all to yourself.

Outfitter Tip

Rafting outfitters meet in different places: Sacramento, Coloma, Auburn, Foresthill, so check with your outfitter or trip leader to make sure you know where the correct meeting spot is!

Middle Fork American River Outfitters

All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting

Action Whitewater Adventures

Adventure Connection




Beyond Limits



Mother Lode

O.A.R.S. Inc.

River and Rock Adventures



Whitewater Connection

Whitewater Excitement

Whitewater Voyages

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