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The South Fork of the American

Quick & convenient fun for everyone.

For right-brained people

Rafting on the South Fork of the American River with ARTA River TripsThe best thing about the South Fork of the American River is that you can share it with everyone. We’ve taken fearless 7 year olds and their fretful grandparents and we’ve taken world adventurers and their neighbors who’ve never slept outdoors. We’ve taken company groups, scout groups, church groups, and single people who live alone in studio apartments in the big city. We’ve been joined by people celebrating birthdays, weddings, graduations, family reunions and just life in general. Some folks were at the upper end of their thrill threshold, others were at the lower end, but they all kept talking about Troublemaker or Hospital Bar (or both if they were on a 2 day trip or a 1 day Full Twenty trip). Everyone was in a paddle raft, (with a guide), participating and holding success in their own hands, unnerving at first, but unforgettable in the end. One-day trips are quick, recreational events; two-day trips are a bit deeper. The upgrades (to a one-day full river or a two-day wilderness camp) are worth it.


"All I've thought about all morning here in my office is yesterday's trip. My son really, really enjoyed it, as
did I. Too many things to list. Probably the best was seeing how happy my son and all his buddies were for the whole day in their raft and in the water together. "

Jim Quilici

For left-brained people:

  • The South Fork in one word:
  • Everyone
  • In another word:
  • Festive
  • Best know for:
  • Starting the gold rush
  • No other trip has:
  • So many options
  • Expect to:
  • Grin from ear to ear
  • You can also:
  • Stay in a cabin
  • Signature Rapid:
  • Troublemaker
  • Types of boats:
  • Paddle
  • Meeting Place:
  • Lotus, CA
  • Length in days: 1 or 2
  • Length in miles: 10 or 20
  • Overall difficulty: III
  • Highest difficulty (#): III+ (1/day)
  • Rapids/day: ~ 10
  • Gradient: 23 feet/mile
  • Rapids:spacer3 1/2 stars
  • Scenery:spacer3 1/2 stars
  • Wilderness: 2 1/2 stars
  • Swimming:spacer3 1/2 stars
  • Hiking:spacer1 stars
  • Campsites:spacer3 1/2 stars
  • Wildlife:spacer2 stars
  • Fishing:spacer3 stars

    California Quail


    California Quail -
    (Callipepla californica) - California’s official state bird, with a little crown to boot. The topknot is actually a cluster of six individual feathers, a little more regal (and pompous) on the male and little more subtle (and appropriate) on the female. The chicks are precocial, meaning they can move about and feed themselves immediately after hatching.