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Our Best Deal for American Rafting Trips!

$64 weekdays*

$80 weekends*

Upper South Fork American River "Chili Bar" section with lunch

This trip is perfect for first timers and experienced rafters alike!
Meets at Chili Bar Put-in at 10:00AM,
Class 3 trip- moderate level - no experience required
Lunch served at River Park Resort after rafting
Bus Shuttle back to your car after lunch

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* Price does not include $6 per person river use fee


Check out our Last Minute Discounts page for more deals!

American River Rafting Tours & Adventures
Rated #1 on Trip Advisor for Lotus, California!

Our 2017 season starts in April! 25% off all 2017 trips if you book by January 1, 2017!
Beyond Limits Adventures is the number one rafting outfitter on the American River. We've been rafting the 3 forks of the American River for more than 36 years. Our trips are fun for everyone... first timers and veteran rafters alike will have the time of their lives on the American River! We are the perfect outdoor activity for families, company outings and special events of all types!

What sets us apart from other rafting companies is our staff. Our uniquely skilled river guides each average more than 12 years of rafting experience on the American River and other rivers throughout the world. We raft with safety as our number one objective and we do fun stuff that no other company with less experience can:

  • Surf waves and "ride the bull" just by asking your guide!
  • Learn about the unique history of the Coloma area and California's Gold Rush.
  • We welcome first timers and young children ages 7 and up!

Beyond Limits' 3 Most Popular Rafting Trips for 2017:

Raft all the big rapids on the famous Gorge section with lunch!
Duration: 5 hours on the river with a stop for lunch
Start Time: 10:00AM (weekends), 11:00AM (weekdays), Daily
Special deals for 2017: 20 % discount for groups, midweek discounts.
Camping and continental breakfast can be added on to your trip!

#2   Afternoon Trip: 
South Fork American River
Raft all the big rapids on the famous Gorge in one afternoon! 
Duration: 4 hours on the river. No meals, just rapids!
Start Time: 1:00 PM - Daily
Special deals for 2017: Kids (17 & under) raft for half price on all weekday afternoon trips!
Raft the entire 21 miles of the fabulous South Fork in two days with camping at our riverfront resort:
Duration: 2 days, up to 2 nights camping with 4 meals
Start Time: 10:00AM Mon.,Thurs., Saturday.
Special deals for 2017: 20 % off for groups, $100 off for kids (under 17) on Monday 2 day trips!

All trips on the South Fork American River:
Season: May through October
Difficulty: Class 3 - Fun for all rafters ages 7 and up
Includes: Rafts, Professional Guides, Shuttle, Refreshments.
What to Bring: water shoes, swimsuit, hat, sunscreen.
Price: Check our calendar for pricing and availability.


Beyond Limits' Top  Class 4 Rafting Trip for 2017:

California's best spring time class 4 rafting with lunch!
Duration: 6 hours on the river with a stop for lunch
Start Time: 10:00AM Daily May and June
Special deals for 2017: 20 % discount for groups, midweek discounts.

Must be minimum age of 16 years old for all class 4 trips and have good swimming ability.
All Middle Fork trips are run as private charters for groups of 8 or more persons.


Beyond Limits Adventures has river front camping for our 2 day trips! River Park Resort, our 9 acre rafting facility is located on the South Fork American River in a quiet corner of the Coloma/ Lotus Valley. It features almost a quarter mile of pristine river frontage:

  • Private areas for swimming and sunbathing.
  • Uncrowded places to camp and relax.
  • Evening campfire next to the river for your enjoyment!
  • Modern restrooms with flush toilets, hot showers and electrical outlets,
  • Camp store with ice cold beer on tap and local wines for sale. 
  • Bring your own camping equipment or rent a cabin tent or yurt from us during your stay!
  • Camping included for our 2 day South Fork American rafting trips!

2017 Water UpdateThe American River is the most popular river in the west for whitewater rafting and also has the most dependable flows during the summer months:

South Fork American - Class 3 (Moderate - no experience required). Water flows April through October 1.

Middle Fork American - Class 4 (advanced). July through September.

North Fork American - Class 4 (advanced).  April and May.

North Fork Yuba - Class 4 & 5 (advanced). May and June.

Please check our calendar for rafting days and pricing

DSC_57502017 Rafting Deals
Check out our last minute discounts for the best rates on the South Fork of the American River. 


Featured Trip

Middle Fork American - Class 4

Season - May through September  - trips depart daily
Meeting Time - 8:30AM at Raleys in Auburn, CA
Rapids - Class 4 : featuring Tunnel Chute & Kanaka
Trip Length - 7 hours, 17 miles
Lunch - Deli Lunch served on river  Camping - Available
Requirements - no experience required, minimum age - 14
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“Fantastic facility and guides”

We had a group of 13 people rafting and camping and Beyond Limits was so accommodating. Most of the people had been rafting before but a few people hadn't and were a bit nervous. Each guide was great at making the trip as mellow or 'adventurous' to fit the different groups in the rafts. Everyone had a great time and people that had been rafting before with other outfitters said this one was the most fun. It was great to see both Scott and Chris, who had guided us previously a couple years ago.
What set the trip apart was the campground and services available. There are flush toilets and hot showers available. The tent site was right by the river on a flat grassy area with swimming and some fishing available. Most impressively the dinner and hot breakfast were delicious. The staff literally work all day and most of the night to prep, guide, cook and clean. It took a lot of the hassle away that usually comes with organizing a group trip.

June 2015, South Fork American - 1 Day Trip