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American River Rafting
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River Scale of Difficulty
This scale is generally used by the whitewater rafting community to rate the difficulty level of rivers. It is intended to be a general guideline and conditions cause ratings to change.

Class 1 - Flat Water

Class 2 - Novice

Class 3 - Medium - minimum age for participants is 7 years of age

Class 4 - Advanced - minimum age for participants is 14 years of age

Class 5 - Expert - minimum age for participants is 18 years of age

Class 6 - Unrunnable

Age Groups for pricing:

Youth - under 18 years

Adult - 18 years and older


Current River Conditions:

South Fork American
Weather/ Flow

North Fork Yuba
Weather / Flow

“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