Whitewater rafting on the Middle Fork of the American River with ARTA River Trips
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Middle Fork American River Trip Details

Where and when to meet:

We'll meet you at 8:00 am on the morning the trip begins at the Auburn Ravine Shopping Center, (13384 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603 - look for Raley's). To get to the Shopping Center, 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. Meet our van in the parking area behind the Raley's store. We will bring you back to Raley's at the end of the trip; arrival time may be as late as 7:00 pm.

How to get there:

Middle Fork American MapMost 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 (530/885-8611) is on Lincoln Way near the meeting place. There is also a Comfort Inn (530/885-1800) and a Holiday Inn (530/887-8787) in Auburn. Camping is available 20 miles away at Bear River County Park, (530/269-1121) and at various Forest Service campgrounds within an hour's drive, (530/265-4531).

What we provide:

  • Shuttle service from Auburn to the river and from the take-out point back to Auburn
  • 1 day trips: delicious picnic lunch
  • 2 day trips: 2 delicious lunches, plus really tasty dinner and breakfast
  • Rafts, lifejackets, helmets and all river equipment
  • Professional guides, helpers and cooks

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:

Meals & Drinks: ARTA menus feature fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats and the guides double as camp chefs. Dinner is usually grilled chicken or fish, pasta, green salad and a baked Dutch Oven dessert. If you have special dietary needs, please tell us in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you. ARTA provides fruit drinks at meals and sodas at take-out. If you want alternative beverages in camp, please bring your own. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed at lunch or on the river.

Weather: The California Foothills enjoy warm to hot temperatures for most of the summer with very little rain. Summertime highs can reach the 100's, however it is usually cooler along the river. The Middle Fork run is immediately below Ralston Powerhouse and the water is always cold and clear. Wool, fleece or neoprene wetsuit socks are helpful.

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 4% and 11% of your trip cost. You can get more information at www.travelinsure.com; please enter ARTA's Participating Organization Number (215296) at the top of the enrollment form.

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:

If there are any questions we haven't answered, please feel free to contact us. We really enjoy talking about our trips, so don't hesitate to call: 800-323-2782.