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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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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