1 day whitewater rafting on the South Fork of the American River near Lake Tahoe with ARTA River Trips
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South Fork American River Rafting Trip Options

Map to Camp LotusWe offer half-day, one-day, and two-day whitewater rafting trips on the South Fork of the American River with lots of options and alternatives. All trips meet at Camp Lotus, a beautiful campground right on the river in the rolling California foothills between Auburn and Placerville. The meeting place is about 1 hour east of Sacramento, 2 1/2 hours east of San Francisco and 1 1/2 hours west of South Lake Tahoe. We provide all of the rafting gear, food, and local transportation as well as friendly, fun and informative guides (at least one in every raft!). You provide sunscreen and enthusiasm (and some camping gear on overnight trips). No previous experience is required; groups of 4 to 7 join together in a 14-foot raft with a guide and actively paddle the raft through the rapids and down the river.

If none of the options below is exactly what you are looking for, give us a call and we'll put together the perfect trip for you.

- - Half Day Trips - -

1/2 Day Upper Trips

Rafting on the South Fork American River near Lake Tahoereserve space

Length: 10 miles
Time: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Difficulty:
Class II - III+ (beginner)
Highlights: Meatgrinder and Troublemaker
Adults: $79 to $109 (depending on day of week)
Youths (7 - 17): $79 (every day)
Groups (10 or more): $69 to $99
Details:Click here (pdf)

 


- - One Day Trips - -

1 Day Upper or Lower Trips

Rafting on the South Fork American River near Lake Tahoereserve space Length: 10 miles
Time: 10:00 am to ~ 4:00 or 5:00 pm
Difficulty:
Class II - III+ (beginner)
Highlights: Meatgrinder and Troublemaker OR Satan's Cesspool and Hospital Bar
Includes: Hearty and healthy picnic lunch
Adults: $127 to $147 (depending on day of week)
Youths (7 - 17): $99 (every day)
Groups (10 or more): $99 to $129
Details: Click here (pdf)

1 Day Full Twenty Trips

Rafting on the South Fork American River near Lake Tahoereserve space

Length: 20 miles
Time: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Difficulty:
Class II - III+ (beginner)
Highlights: Meatgrinder, Troublemaker, Satan's Cesspool and Hospital Bar!
Includes: Hearty and healthy picnic lunch
Adults: $157 to $177 (depending on day of week)
Youths (7 - 17): $119 (every day)
Groups (10 or more): $129 to $159
Details: Click here (pdf)

1 Day Streamline Cooperative Trips

Rafting on the South Fork American River near Lake TahoeLength: 10 miles
Time: 10:00 am to ~ 4:00 or 5:00 pm
Difficulty: Class II - III+ (beginner)
Highlights: Satan's Cesspool and Hospital Bar
Meals: Bring your own lunch
Pricing: Groups of 8 or more
$60 to $92 per person
Details: Click here (pdf)
Call to make a reservation (800-323-2782)


- - Two Day Trips - -

2 Day Wilderness Camp Trips

Rafting on the South Fork American River near Lake Tahoereserve spaceLength: 20 miles
Time:
10:00 am (day 1) to 4:30 pm (day 2)
Difficulty: Class II - III+ (beginner)
Highlights: Meatgrinder and Troublemaker (day 1), Satan's Cesspool and Hospital Bar (day 2).
Includes: 4 delicious meals, camping along the river (raft-in beach, composting toilet, no vehicles)
Adults: $269 to $309
Youths (7 - 17):
$199 to $269
Groups (10 or more):
$229 to $289
Details: Click here (pdf)


2 Day Camp Lotus Trips

reserve spaceRafting on the South Fork American River near Lake TahoeLength: 20 miles
Time:
10:00 am (day 1) to 3:30 pm (day 2)
Difficulty: Class II - III+ (beginner)
Highlights: Satan's Cesspool and Hospital Bar (day 1), Meatgrinder and Troublemaker (day 2).
Includes: 4 delicious meals, camping at Camp Lotus (grass, showers, flush toilets, vehicle access)
Adults:
$269 to $309
Youths (7 - 17):
$199 to $269
Groups (10 or more):
$229 to $289
Details: Click here (pdf)

 

Map of the South Fork American River

Large Group Options:

We offer discounts to groups of 10 or more. More information.