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South Fork American - Class 3

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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 - Class 3 Trips

  • 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 - 4 meals, 1 night camping
    Requirements - no experience required, minimum age - 7

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  • South Fork American - Overnight 1 Day Trip

    South Fork American - Overnight 1 Day Trip

    Season - May through September - trips depart daily
    Meeting Time - 10:00 AM at River Park Resort
    Rapids - Class 3 : featuring Satan's Cesspool & Hospital Bar
    Trip Length - 6 hours rafting plus camping
    Meals - 3 meals   Camping - Included for 1 night
    Requirements - no experience required, minimum age - 7

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  • South Fork American - Super 1 Day Trip

    South Fork American - Super 1 Day Trip

    Season - May through Mid July- trips depart daily
    Meeting Time - 9:00 AM 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 12

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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 - yes  Camping - camping available with breakfast
    Requirements - no experience required, minimum age - 7

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  • South Fork American - Chili Bar Express Trip

    South Fork American - Chili Bar Express Trip

    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

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  • 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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Who said there was no water this year going down the Sierra? We had a blast on the South
Fork of the American River with Beyond Limits Adventures. We asked for a 'really wet' trip,
and were already surfing a rapid 2 minutes later! The guide was amazing, allowing us to do 'bull riding' at the front of the raft, and sometimes to swim the rapids. My 12-year-old daughter loved
it. After the rafting, we stayed for the night at the Beyond Limits campground, by the river. Very relaxing, with some gold panning and swimming. We highly recommend!

July 2014, South Fork American - 1 Day Trip