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South Fork American River trips

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 scenic 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 self-bailing paddle boats, and our rafting equipment is washed, sanitized, and dried daily. The South Fork is the most popular rafting trip in the west... Let us show you why!

South Fork American River trips Trips

  • South Fork American - Rafting Trip - Upper 9:00AM

    South Fork American - Rafting Trip - Upper 9:00AM

    Season - May through September 
    Meeting Time - 9:00AM at River Park Resort 
    Rapids - Class 3 : featuring MeatGrinder & TroubleMaker
    Trip Length - 3 hours, 8 miles
    Meals - not included  Camping - available
    Requirements - no experience required, minimum age - 7

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  • South Fork American - Rafting Trip - Gorge 1:00PM

    South Fork American - Rafting Trip - Gorge 1:00PM

    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, 13 miles
    Lunch - Not included  Camping - Available at extra charge
    Requirements - no experience required, minimum age - 7

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  • South Fork American - Lazy River - 2 hour trip

    South Fork American - Lazy River - 2 hour trip

    Season - May through September  - trips depart daily
    Meeting Time - 1:30PM at River Park Resort in Lotus CA
    Rapids - Class 1 &2 : easy float through Marshall Gold Park
    Trip Length - 2 hours, 2 miles
    Lunch - Not included  Camping - Available at extra charge
    Requirements - no experience required, minimum age - 3

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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