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South Fork American Rafting

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The South Fork of the American River has become the most popular rafting adventure in the Western US with over fifty spectacular rapids on its 20 mile course through California's historic Gold Country. Located in California's El Dorado County, the American River flows through a beautiful gorge in a wilderness setting. American River rafting trips run seven days per week from April until October with some of the most dependable water flows in the West.

No experience is necessary to enjoy the adventure of rafting on the world-class American River. Beyond Limits is very experienced in the art of running a sensational river rafting trip. We have an unparalleled safety record and our river guides have the reputation of being the most experienced and talented in California. Most of our staff has more than 10 years of professional rafting experience on the South Fork of the American River! We know how to make your rafting trip a fun-filled and action-packed adventure!

Our rafts are all new self-bailing paddle boats, and our rafting equipment is washed, sanitized, and dried daily. Our food is freshly prepared at our modern kitchen facility on the day of your trip. The South Fork is the most popular rafting trip in the west... Let us show you why!

South Fork American Rafting Trips

  • South Fork American - Afternoon trip

    South Fork American - Afternoon trip

    Season - May through September  - trips depart daily
    Meeting Time - 1:00PM at River Park Resort in Lotus CA
    Rapids - Class 3 : featuring Satan's Cesspool & Hospital Bar
    Trip Length - 4 hours, 12 miles
    Lunch - Not included  Camping - Available at extra charge
    Requirements - no experience required, minimum age - 7

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  • South Fork American - 1 Day Trip

    South Fork American - 1 Day Trip

    Season - May through September  - trips depart daily
    Meeting Time - 10:00AM at River Park Resort in Lotus CA
    Rapids - Class 3 : featuring Satan's Cesspool& Hospital Bar
    Trip Length - 6 hours, 12 miles
    Lunch - Deli Lunch served on river  Camping - Available
    Requirements - no experience required, minimum age - 7

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  • South Fork American - Full River

    South Fork American - Full River

    Season - May through September  - trips depart daily
    Meeting Time - 9:00AM at River Park Resort in Lotus CA
    Rapids - Class 3 : featuring MeatGrinder & Hospital Bar
    Trip Length - 7 hours, 20 miles
    Lunch - Barbecue Lunch served at River Park Resort
    Requirements - no experience required. minimum age - 10

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  • South Fork American- 2 Day Trip

    South Fork American- 2 Day Trip

    Season - May thru September - depart Mon., Thurs, Sat.
    Meeting Time - 10:00AM (day 1) at River Park Resort
    Rapids - Class 3 : featuring Chili Bar & Gorge
    Trip Length - 2 days, 20 miles
    Meals - Lunch (day 1&2), Dinner and Breakfast
    Requirements - no experience required, minimum age - 7

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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 scream..lol. 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