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NEW Discounts for South Fork American trips - 2015

American River Rafting

Welcome to Beyond Limits Adventures, the best choice for your rafting trip on the beautiful American River!
Beyond Limits Adventures is the number one rafting outfitter on the American River, offering guided whitewater rafting adventures in California for more than 30 years. Our trips are fun for everyone... first timers and veteran rafters alike will have the time of their lives on a Beyond Limits Adventure!

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

  • Surf waves, "ride the bull", run ramp rocks and play all day!
  • Check out interesting historic locations of the American River 
  • Swim in certain rapids and refreshing water holes throughout the trip. 
  • Paddle Inflatable kayaks, smaller rafts, extreme river tubes
  • Our guides know how to have fun on the river!

Beyond Limits Adventures also owns the nicest riverfront rafting resort in the west! River Park Resort, our 9 acre rafting facility is located on the South Fork American River in a quiet corner of the Coloma Valley. It features almost a quarter mile of pristine river frontage:

  • Private areas for swimming, sunbathing, fishing and even playing half court basketball! 
  • 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. 
  • Peaceful green lawns, shady oak forest and quiet beaches. 
  • Delicious meals for you to satisfy your hunger after your day on the river.
  • Bring your own camping equipment or rent a cabin tent or yurt from us during your stay!

California Rafting                                 

Our 2015 river season will start in mid April. We run trips April through October on the Class 3 South Fork American River . No other river in California has such dependable flows as the American River does, thanks to hydro power releases from reservoirs upstream.

We also offer rafting adventures on the class 4 Middle Fork American River June through September. To try is spectacular adventure you'll need to put together a group of rafters. Our private charter trips ensure that only your group will fill our rafts for that trip, we won't add any others to your group.

Beyond Limits Adventures trips feature miles of fun and exciting rapids on California's most beautiful rivers. Our friendly, skilled professional guides, our fabulous riverfront campground and Beyond Limits' exceptional service make us stand out above all other rafting companies!

2015 Water Update - Drought Tolerant Rafting! Thanks to our cooperation with the Utility Districts on both the South and Middle Fork American River, We will have recreational water releases daily for the summer of 2015! Even in Super Dry years the American River is the most popular river in the west for whitewater rafting and also has the most dependable flows during low snowpack years:

South Fork American - Guaranteed rafting water is released on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in April and early May. 5 days per week Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Mid May through August. Saturday and Sunday flows in September and October

Middle Fork American - 7 days per week water releases for rafting starting in early June until September 18. There may be a couple of days in 2015 which have reduced flows for dam maintenance.

DSC_57502015 Rafting Deals
Check out our early season discounts for the best rates on the South Fork of the American River. This is a great choice for any type of group trip - including school groups, company trips and family mini vacations.

All Inclusive 2 day Rafting Trip with Coach Transportation from Los Angeles

Trips include round trip bus transportation from Los Angeles Area, 2 days rafting on the South Fork American River. 5 meals, 2 nights camping. Price $399 plus river use fee and tax per person. Bus departs Los Angeles on Friday evening and returns by Sunday evening. Dates for 2015 are:

  • June 5-7
  • July 3-5
  • August 7-9
  • September 4-7

If you would like to reserve spaces on these dates please fill out our request form and we will contact you for payment.



Featured Trip

1 Day Trip - Middle Fork

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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I had a blast rafting with Beyond Limits this year!

It was pretty easy to make reservations for my group. The Beyond Limits staff is super friendly and really helpful. My group did the South Fork (1/2 day) trip.

At 1:15, we were given all the safety rules. Since my group of 9 couldn't fit in 1 raft, we were split into 2 different rafts. Ashley ended up being my raft guide, and she was awesome! Ashley did a great job steering and telling us when to paddle forward.

It was a lot of fun rafting in the Class 3 river. Some of the waves was a bit scary, so I couldn't help but It was nice that we always stayed on the raft, so it never flipped over. We only jumped into the river to cool off, since it was pretty hot.

Overall, I'll definitely go rafting again with Beyond Limits. The staff is great, so you feel very safe with them.

August 2014, South Fork American - Afternoon trip