American River Rafting | California Whitewater Rafting | California Rafting | Beyond Limits Adventures
American River Rafting
 26  0  2 Google +1


DSC_5386 (2)




DSC_5279 (2)









Our Best Deal for American Rafting Trips!

$64 weekdays*

$80 weekends*

Upper South Fork American River "Chili Bar" section with lunch

This trip is perfect for first timers and experienced rafters alike!
Meets at Chili Bar Put-in at 10:00AM,
Class 3 trip- moderate level - no experience required
Lunch served at River Park Resort after rafting
Bus Shuttle back to your car after lunch

Purchase Voucher now and select your date later.
Use as a gift or buy vouchers and make your own trip at a super discounted rate!
After you purchase your vouchers go to
 to select your date, enter your voucher numbers and book your trip!

* Price does not include $6 per person river use fee


Check out our Last Minute Discounts page for more deals!

American River Tours & Adventures
Rated #1 on Trip Advisor for Lotus, California!

Hot weather and above normal water flows for September!
California's best rafting in the past 4 years is now!

Beyond Limits Adventures is the number one rafting outfitter on the American River. We've been rafting the 3 forks of the American River for more than 36 years. Our trips are fun for everyone... first timers and veteran rafters alike will have the time of their lives on the American River! We are the perfect outdoor activity for families, company outings and special events of all types!

What sets us apart from other rafting companies is our staff. Our uniquely skilled river guides each average more than 12 years of rafting experience on the American River and other rivers throughout the world. We raft with safety as our number one objective and we do fun stuff that no other company with less experience can:

  • Surf waves and "ride the bull" just by asking your guide!
  • Learn about the unique history of the Coloma area and California's Gold Rush.
  • If a mellow raft float is what you prefer, we love to do that as well!

Beyond Limits' 3 Most Popular Rafting Trips for 2016:

Raft all the big rapids on the famous Gorge section for a full day with lunch!
Duration: 5 hours on the river with a stop for lunch
Start Time: 10:00AM (weekends), 11:00AM (weekdays), Daily
Special deals for 2016: 20 % discount for groups, midweek discounts.
Free camping and continental breakfast can be added on to your trip!

#2   Afternoon Trip: 
South Fork American River
Raft all the big rapids on the famous Gorge in one afternoon! 
Duration: 4 hours on the river. No meals, just rapids!
Start Time: 1:00 PM - Daily
Special deals for 2016: Kids raft for half price on all weekday afternoon trips!
Raft the entire 21 miles of the fabulous South Fork in two days with camping at our private riverfront resort:
Duration: 2 days, up to 2 nights camping
Start Time: 10:00AM Mon.,Thurs., Saturday.
Special deals for 2016: 20 % off for groups, Kids raft for $100 off on Monday 2 day trips!

All trips on the South Fork American River:
Season: Now until October 1 - weekends only
Difficulty: Class 3 - Fun for all rafters ages 7 and up
Includes: Rafts, Professional Guides, Shuttle, Refreshments.
What to Bring: water shoes, swimsuit, hat, sunscreen.
Price: Check our calendar for pricing and availability.


Beyond Limits' Top  Class 4 Rafting Trip for 2016:

California's best summer time class 4 rafting with lunch!
Duration: 6 hours on the river with a stop for lunch
Start Time: 8:30AM Daily Monday through Friday all summer
Special deals for 2016: 20 % discount for groups, midweek discounts.

Must be minimum age of 16 years old for all class 4 trips and have good swimming ability.
All Middle Fork trips are run as private charters for groups of 8 or more persons.


Beyond Limits Adventures has river front camping! River Park Resort, our 9 acre rafting facility is located on the South Fork American River in a quiet corner of the Coloma/ Lotus Valley. It features almost a quarter mile of pristine river frontage:

  • Private areas for swimming and sunbathing.
  • Uncrowded places to camp and relax.
  • Evening campfire next to the river for your enjoyment!
  • Modern restrooms with flush toilets, hot showers and electrical outlets,
  • Camp store with ice cold beer on tap and local wines for sale. 
  • Bring your own camping equipment or rent a cabin tent or yurt from us during your stay!
  • Free camping is available on our 1 day and 2 day South Fork American rafting trips!

2016 Water UpdateThe American River is the most popular river in the west for whitewater rafting and also has the most dependable flows during the summer months:

South Fork American - Class 3 (no experience required). Water flows Thursday through Sunday until October 1.

Middle Fork American - Class 4 (advanced). Season over for 2016.

North Fork American - Class 4 (advanced).  Season over for 2016.

North Fork Yuba - Class 4 & 5 (advanced). Season over for 2016.

Please check our calendar for rafting days and pricing

DSC_57502016 Rafting Deals
Check out our last minute discounts for the best rates on the South Fork of the American River. 


Featured Trip

North Fork American - Class 4

Season - April through May  - trips depart weekdays only
Meeting Time - 9:30AM at Raleys in Auburn, CA
Rapids - Class 4 : featuring Chamberlain falls
Trip Length - 5 hours, 7 miles
Lunch - Deli Lunch served on river  Camping - Available
Requirements - experience required, minimum age - 14

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