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Our Best Deal for American Rafting Trips!

$69 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

Purchase Voucher now and select your date later.
Use as a gift or buy vouchers and make your own trip at a super discounted rate!
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* Price does not include $8 per person river use fee


Check out our Last Minute Discounts page for more deals!

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

Above normal water flows for Summer!
updated January 15, 2017:
The Sierra snow pack which supplies the summer water for the American River is looking great so far. With over 14 feet of snow in the past week and more storms to come, the 2017 season could have the best rafting conditions ever! We recommend that you book your trip well in advance so we'll have space for your group. We'll look forward to seeing you on the river this season!

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 talented 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.
  • If a mellow raft float is what you prefer, we love to do that as well!
  • Capture the action in your raft with our GoPro cameras, available to view after your trip!

Beyond Limits' 3 Most Popular Rafting Trips for 2017:

Raft all the big rapids on the famous Gorge section with a picnic lunch!
Duration: 5 hours 
Start Time: 10:00AM (weekends), 11:00AM (weekdays), Daily
Special deals for 2017: 20 % discount for groups, midweek discounts.
Upgrade to a 1 day overnighter which includes camping and meals!

#2   Afternoon Trip: 
South Fork American River Our best value!
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 raft for half price on select weekday afternoon trips!
Raft the entire 21 miles of the fabulous South Fork with camping & meals at our private riverfront resort:
Duration: 2 days
Start Time: 10:00AM Mon.,Thurs., Saturday.
Special deals for 2017: 20 % off for groups, Kids raft for $100 off on Monday 2 day trips!

All trips on the South Fork American River:
Season: May through September - Daily trips
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 summer time class 4 rafting with lunch!
Duration: 7 hours including a stop for lunch
Start Time: 8:30AM Daily Monday through Friday all summer
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! 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 and meals are included our 1 day overnighter and 2 day South Fork American rafting trips!

2017 Water UpdateThe American River will be flowing strong all summer thanks to our record Sierra Nevada snowpack!

South Fork American - Class 3 (no experience required). Water flows every day from now through September, 2017.

Middle Fork American - Class 4 (advanced). Ideal water flows every day from late July through September, 2017.

North Fork American - Class 4 (advanced).  Ideal water flows early May through mid June, 2017.

North Fork Yuba - Class 4 & 5 (advanced). Ideal water flows early May through mid June, 2017.

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

1 Day Trip - Chili Bar Express

Season - May through September 
Meeting Time - 10:00AM at Chili Bar Put-in
Rapids - Class 3 : featuring MeatGrinder & TroubleMaker
Trip Length - 3 hours, 8 miles
Meals -Lunch Provided  Camping - available
Requirements - no experience required, minimum age - 7

Big thanks to John, our guide for the afternoon south fork trip today. This was the first rafting trip for my wife and I and we will remember it for a long time to come. He was very nice, answered any and all questions we had during the trip and shared lots of great stories too.

I will definitely let anyone I know about your trips if they come out to the area. It was well worth the trip for us. This was one day of our week long trip to Lake Tahoe to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

Thanks again.

July 2014, South Fork American - Afternoon trip