South Fork American- 2 Day Trip
Raft the entire 21 mile long South Fork American River in 2 days with 4 meals and 2 nights camping at our resort included. Our 2 day trip features guided rafting on both sections of the South Fork - The Lower Gorge section on Day 1 and the Upper "Chili Bar" section on Day 2.
Beyond Limits Adventures is the number 1 rated outfitter on the South Fork American. Quite simply, no other outfitter in California can offer you a 2 day rafting package as completely fabulous as our 2 day South Fork American River trip.
Our 2 day rafting package at River Park Resort includes:
- Comfortable river front camping sites on manicured green lawn!
- 18 acres of private sandy beaches and shady oaks...
- Cabin tent upgrades are available
- basketball court
- swimming beaches
- riverfront campfire
- gold panning
- modern restrooms with hot showers and flush toilets
- Outdoor patio with cold beer, local wines and beverages.
- Delicious buffet meals prepared fresh by our staff every day!
Compare our trips to anyone else and you'll see ...
Beyond Limits Adventures takes it to a new level!!!
Weekdays (Monday and Thursday starts): Check in at River Park resort by 10:30AM
10:00AM Our 2 day trips begin when you and your group checks in at River Park Resort. We include 1 night free camping and continental breakfast prior to your trip if you would like to arrive the night prior to your trip. If this doesn't fit into your plans then you can arrive for your trip at 10:30AM on the morning of day 1 rafting. You'll have an hour to set up your camping equipment or to relax before the rafting trip begins.
11:00AM Rafting begins on the 12 mile Lower Gorge section of the South Fork, depending on water flows we will launch from camp and eat lunch on river at a private beach afew miles down, or we will delay the launch and eat lunch at our resort prior to rafting. This depends on when the water flows rise each day from the upstream dam release. A deli style lunch will be served with sandwiches, fruit, salads and drinks.
4:30PM At the end of the trip we'll board the shuttle bus at Folsom Lake and ride back to camp. When we arrive at camp you can enjoy a cold beer or other beverage at our daily "Happy Hour" and then check-out your photos from the "gorge". Back at camp you are free to relax and enjoy our facilities. On weekday trips we do not include dinner but there are several restaurants within walking distance from camp which we recommend.
8:00AM (Day 2) Breakfast is served at our resort. This hot breakfast features egss, sausage, biscuits, fruit salad, coffee, tea and juice.
9:00AM (Day 2) Board the shuttle bus for a ride to "Chili Bar Put-in". Once we arrive to the river we will raft the fun and non-stop rapids of the upper South Fork. "Meatgrinder" and "Troublemaker" are the biggest rapids of this section.
1:00PM (Day 2) Lunch is served back at camp. This bbq lunch features chili dogs and veggie burgers along with salad, fruit and dessert, After lunch you can view your photos and enjoy a cold beverage at our outdoor bar and grill. You are free to depart back home after lunch.
WEEKENDS (Saturday Start)
9:00AM Our 2 day trips begin when you and your group checks in at River Park Resort. We include 1 night free camping and continental breakfast prior to your trip if you would like to arrive the night prior to your trip. If this doesn't fit into your plans then you can arrive for your trip at 9:00AM on the morning of day 1 rafting. You'll have an hour to set up your camping equipment or to relax before the rafting trip begins.
10:00 AM After everyone is checked in our trip leader will begin a safety talk and orientation about the river. We'll then suit up and put in at our beach. The first 3 miles is a good warm-up of class 2 and 3 rapids.
12:30PM We will pull over and have lunch at our riverside lunch spot. Lunch is a deli-style buffet with sandwiches, salad, dessert and drinks.
1:30PM - We get back on the river and look forward to the rapids of the amazing "lower gorge" section of the South Fork. This fantastic section of whitewater includes "Fowler's Rock", "Satan's Cesspool", "Upper and Lower Haystacks" and "Hospital Bar" along with other class 3+ rapids. Photos of your raft will be taken at several of these fun rapids.
4:30PM -At the end of the trip we'll board the shuttle bus at Folsom Lake and ride back to camp. When we arrive at camp you can enjoy a cold beer or other beverage at our daily "Happy Hour" and then check-out your photos from the "gorge".
7:00PM Dinner will be served by our staff on our outdoor dining patio at 7:00PM. Dinner features Bar be cue tri-tip beef, grilled chicken, fresh vegetables, salads and deserts. Beer and wine is available for purchase with your dinner for adults. Non alcoholic drinks are available as well. After dinner you can relax at camp, sit by the campfire, or play games in our game room.
8:00AM- Day 2 - A full breakfast is served at our dining patio,
9:30AM - Our shuttle bus will depart from camp for the Upper "Chili Bar" put-in. This section of river is shorter than Day 1 but it has 2 rapids that are bigger than the rapids on the Lower Gorge.
10:00AM - We arrive to the put-in and board the rafts. The action starts right away on the upper section of the South Fork. Within 1 mile we'll be running a long technical rapid known as "Meatgrinder". After this the rapids come in quick succession, with "Racehorse Bend", "Triple Threat" provided the thrills. The last big rapid of the trip is the grandaddy of them all... "Troublemaker". Known to make or break many a river trip, we'll roll the dice and see what comes up!
2:00PM - We arrive back at camp where a bountiful barbecue lunch will be prepared by your friendly and hardworking guide. You may view your photos of another great day of rafting and prepare for your trip home. Enjoy the food, relax and tell your stories about this excellent 2 day rafting trip with Beyond Limits Adventures!
Driving Directions to River Park Resort: Our meeting place for all South Fork American River trips.
Our resort (River Park Resort) is located in Coloma CA at the end of River Park Dr. (located just north of the highway 49/ South Fork American bridge).
Coloma is located between Placerville and Auburn on highway 49. Driving time 2.5 hours from SF, 8 hours from LA. There are several other rafting companies in Coloma so make sure you follow the directions below to our camp at River Park Resort. If you get lost or you are running late please call us directly at River Park Resort - 530-622-0553
Driving from Sacramento: Take highway 50 east from Sacramento to the Ponderosa Road/ Shingle Springs exit - EXIT NUMBER 37. (You will be following signs to Coloma). At the end of the ramp, turn left, and go over the highway. There are two stoplights immediately after the overpass, take a right turn at the second stop light (North Shingle Road). Take North Shingle Road approx. 4 miles until it becomes Lotus Road. Take Lotus road until it stops at highway 49, turn left. Go over bridge and turn left on River Park Dr., there is a left-hand turning lane just after the bridge. There is also a Pizza place and Lotus Arts Studio here. Follow River Park drive to the left and into our resort. Our Resort is marked by a large brown "River Park Resort" and "Beyond Limits Adventures" sign.
Driving from South shore Lake Tahoe: Take highway 50 west until Placerville. Take the highway 49 (Spring Street) exit, right, off of highway. Follow highway 49 north until you reach Coloma. At the left hand turning lane just past the highway 49 bridge over the river, turn left onto River Park Drive. There is a Pizza place and Lotus arts Studio here. Follow River Park Drive into our resort - River Park Resort.
Driving from Reno or North Lake Tahoe: Take highway 80 west to Auburn. Take highway 49 south about 25 minutes to Coloma. This is a windy Road so take your time and closely follow the highway 49 signs so you stay on course. Just before you cross the main bridge over the river in Coloma turn right onto River Park Drive. Follow this into our resort - River Park Resort.
Driving from San Francisco Bay Area: Take I-80 East to Sacramento, take highway 50 east and follow the directions from Sacramento above.
Driving from Los Angeles or San Diego: Take I-5 North to Sacramento, take highway 50 east and follow the direction from Sacramento above.
Please arrive on time for your trip:
It is a good idea to arrive at least 15 minutes before your trip departure time to allow yourself time to check-in, use our restrooms and change into your river attire. Each trip has a designated departure time, make sure you know the time and plan to arrive before it. It is better to be early than late. We do not hold up trips for late arrivers.
- When is the best time of the year to raft the South Fork American River?
California has rafting nearly year round but the most popular time to go is April through July for high water and maximum excitement. July through October still has plenty of action due to dam released water. Early season has great whitewater and we have discounts for April and May trips. Look here for information.
- Do I have to know how to swim well?
Due to higher water levels this summer, we recommend all of our participants have basic swimming skills. If you are not a strong swimmer, consider booking your trip in mid to late August, when water levels will be lower again..
- Will I need a wetsuit?
If you raft during high water (spring season) you will need a wetsuit whether you rent one from us or provide your own. Summer rafting on the South Fork American River does not require a wetsuit. Contact us if you have questions.
- What should I bring?
You need to bring shorts, swim suit, t-shirt, foot protection (old tennis shoes, booties or sport sandals), and a dry set of clothes for your ride home. Everything that you wear will get wet so plan accordingly. Please do not bring valuable items (i.e. expensive clothes or shoes, jewelry, non-waterproof cameras or other items) on the raft. Under a wetsuit you will wear swimwear or insulated synthetic winter underwear (No COTTON) on cold spring days. On cold days wear wetsuit booties for extra warmth.
For camping trips bring all the camping equipment you need (even the kitchen sink if required) since all of our 2 day trips operate from a base camp where you can drive in. We have lists of equipment recommended for all trips. Do not bring pets to any of our trips.
- What if I am a vegetarian
All our meals are buffet style with plenty of non-meat items available to you. If you have other dietary restrictions please call us before your trip.
- How often do trips run?
We run trips seven days a week from April through October. There are certain days in early and late season during the week that we may not have trips scheduled but can run a trip if you have at least 4 persons. Plan your trip as far in advance as possible and this will give you more options for trip dates if you have a group since most of our popular dates book well in advance.
- How many people go with each trip?
During midweek we have smaller sized groups and the rivers are generally less crowded making the solitude of the trip much better than on weekends. On weekends we generally book out so we run the maximum group size that is listed for each river. Sundays are sometimes less crowded than Saturdays. Early and late season are less busy than prime season.
- What if the weather is bad?
We will run in any condition of weather or may give everyone the option to take a rain-check credit if the weather is extremely unpleasant at the check-in point. After April, the weather is usually perfect for rafting.
- Can we request a guide?
If we have at least 2 weeks notice we will make every effort possible to schedule a guide that you enjoyed in the past.
- Is it appropriate to tip our guide after the trip?
Although a tip is not expected, if you feel your guide has done an exceptional job or gone that extra step to make your trip more enjoyable and memorable, a tip is a nice way to show your appreciation.
- Can we still raft if we have young children (under 7 years)?
Yes. On a two day trip on the South Fork American we can run a split trip where a different parent stays in camp during each day. We can also take kids as young as 5 on the Lotus section of the South Fork.
What to Bring
What to bring:
For your river trip, we recommend the following items:
2 Day Trip:
- Swimsuit/ shorts
- Tennis shoes, sports sandals or wetsuit booties
- T-shirts or rash-guard shirts
- Dry clothes for after the river
- Cash if you would like to tip your guide
Camping portion of trip:
- sleeping bag
- tent-for groups under 4 persons or for privacy
- pad- optional for tent camping
- personal toiletries
- lawn chair
Please do not bring pets.
Camping & Lodging
Camping at River Park Resort
One night camping at River Park Resort is included with all 2 day South Fork American River trips. You may add 1(one) free additional night of camping prior to your day 1 rafting trip. Please let us know if you plan to arrive the night before your trip.
You should bring all the camping gear that you need. Otherwise you may rent it from us during your stay.
Places to stay: Motels:
- Best Western - 530-622-9100
- Super 8 Cameron Park - 530-677-7177
- Days Inn - Placerville - 530-622-9100
- Residence Inn - Folsom - 916- 983-7289
- National 9 - 530-622-3124
- Courtyard by Marriott - Folsom
- Hilton Garden Inn - Folsom
Places to stay: Inns:
- Sierra Nevada House - Coloma 530-626-8096
- Coloma Country Inn - Coloma 530-622-6919
- Albert Shafsky House - Placerville 530-642-2776
- Glen Morey Country House - Placerville 530-306-3481
- Blair Sugar Pine B&B - Placerville 530-626-9006
- Casita Del Oro - Vacation rental in Lotus 530-621-3030
Places to stay: Lake Tahoe
- Lake Tahoe Visitor's Authority - General Information 1-800-AT-TAHOE
- Lake Tahoe Accommodations - Vacation rentals 1-800-250-8013
- The Block Hotel - Stateline 1-888-544-4055
- Horizon Casino Resort - Stateline 1-800-648-3322
- Lake Tahoe vacation Guide - Tahoe Keys Resort
Things to do:
Trip Details2 Day Trip
Trip Length: 2 Days
Minimum Age: 7 yrs
Includes 2 days of rafting, 2 nights of camping (1 night complimentary prior to trip and 1 night during), cabin tent upgrade available and 4 meals.