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Advanced Rafting - Class 4 & 5

Middle Fork American River Map

Our class 4 trips can be best described as... awesome rapids, amazing scenery and pristine wilderness. You don't need to have experience but everyone needs to be in good athletic shape and have swimming ability. We have Class 4 river adventures  on 2 sections of the American River and also the North Fork Yuba. We run our class 4 trips as private charters only. It will be your own group of paddlers in each raft. Our private charters require at least 6 persons to book. We require you to fill your raft(s) with 4 to 6 persons per raft.

Springtime Class 4 river trips: North Fork American River and North Fork Yuba River: Both of these rivers run in May and June on a normal year. The Yuba is a longer trip, usually lasting about 6 hours. The North Fork American River lasts about 4 hours. Both trips include lunch and a half dozen or more class 4 rapids. Scenery is amazing on both of these rivers.

Summertime Class 4 river trips: The Middle Fork American River is an all day wilderness class 4 adventure which runs from July until mid September thanks to upstream hydro dam releases. Since the trip covers 17 miles there is plenty of time to relax and catch your breath between the bursts of excitement. Previous paddling experience is not required but guests should be comfortable around water and in decent physical condition. The trips meet at 8:30AM in Auburn, CA and return by 5:00PM. Make sure you've eaten a hearty breakfast before you check in. We serve a deli style river lunch halfway through the run. Feel free to bring snacks and plenty of drinking water for your day on the Middle Fork.

Beyond Limits' most experienced guides conduct our Class 4 trips daily. If you have a guide request please feel free to include this on your online reservation.

 

Advanced Rafting - Class 4 & 5 Trips

  • North Fork American - 1 Day Trip

    North Fork American - 1 Day Trip

    2017 Season - May through June  - trips depart daily
    Meeting Time - 8:30AM at Raleys in Auburn, CA
    Rapids - Class 4 : featuring Chamberlain falls
    Trip Length - 5 hours, 7 - to 12 miles
    Lunch - Deli Lunch served on river 
    Requirements - experience required, minimum age - 14

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  • North Fork Yuba River - 1 Day Trip

    North Fork Yuba River - 1 Day Trip

    2017 Season -June and July  - trips depart daily
    Meeting Time - 10:00AM near Downieville CA
    Rapids - Class 4 : featuring Maytag & Two Pair
    Trip Length - 5 hours, 9 miles
    Lunch - included  Camping - Available
    Requirements - no experience required, minimum age - 18

     

     

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  • Upper North Yuba River - 1 Day Trip

    Upper North Yuba River - 1 Day Trip

    2017 Season - June  - trips depart daily
    Meeting Time - 9:00AM near Downieville CA
    Rapids - Class 5 : featuring Wild Plum or Moss Canyon
    Trip Length - 3 hours, 9 miles
    Lunch - not included  Camping - Available
    Requirements - experience required , minimum age - 18

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  • Middle Fork American - 1 Day Trip

    Middle Fork American - 1 Day Trip

    2017 Season - July 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 
    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