Middle Fork American Trip Details

Where to meet:

We’ll meet you at 8:00 am on the morning the trip begins in the parking lot behind Raley’s in the Auburn Ravine Shopping Center (13384 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603). Take the Foresthill Exit off of Highway 80 in Auburn and bear east towards Foresthill. Turn left onto Lincoln Way and turn right into the Shopping Center. Coming north on Highway 49, go all the way to Highway 80 and head east to the Foresthill exit.

How to get there:

Most trip members arrive by car and vehicles will be left in the parking lot for the duration of the trip. Driving time from Sacramento is about 1 hour, from San Francisco about 2 1/2 hours and from Los Angeles about 8 hours.

If you are flying, Sacramento is the nearest airport and cars can be rented for the drive to Auburn. Due to potential delays, we do not recommend flying out of Sacramento before 11:00 pm the night the trip concludes.

Where to stay:

The Best Western Golden Key is on Lincoln Way near the meeting place. There is also a Comfort Inn  and a Holiday Inn in Auburn. Camping is available  at various Forest Service campgrounds within an hour’s drive.

What we provide:

  • Shuttle service to the river and back 
  • Lunch
  • Rafts, lifejackets, helmets, and other specialized rafting equipment
  • Friendly and professional guides 

What you are responsible for:

  • Meals and lodging before and after your trip
  • Personal clothing and other miscellaneous items (see equipment list)
  • Guides gratuities (see below)

Additional information:

Types of boats: On the Middle Fork of the American everyone will be in a paddle raft

Paddle rafts are our sole means of transport on the Middle Fork. These small, dynamic rafts carry four to six paddlers plus a guide. The paddle team actively propels the raft down the river and through the rapids using canoe-type paddles and following the commands given by the guide.

Travel Insurance: Because life is full of surprises, we suggest you consider purchasing supplemental travel insurance for your trip. Trip cancellation, evacuation, baggage loss and other coverages are available for between 8% and 15% of your trip cost. You can get more information through ASI Travel Insurance Services (please select American River Touring Association from the drop down menu).

Gratuities: We want you to feel like a guest in our home. But if you feel that your guides did an outstanding job, a post-trip gratuity is a flattering way to let them know. Tips should be based on your satisfaction, your financial means and your attitude about tipping. Tips typically range anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the trip cost, (with the occasional recommended book or coveted hat thrown in). It is customary within ARTA to give the tip to the Lead Guide who will distribute it equally amongst all of the staff. And thank you very much.

More Information:

A pdf of these trip details (along with more information about what to expect on your trip) can be found and downloaded here.

If you still have questions, please feel free to call us (209-962-7873) or e-mail us (arta@arta.org). We love to talk about our trips!