Whitewater rafting: Half Day Upper South Fork American River

Come join us for a raft trip on the South Fork of the American River.  We will be doing this trip with others from the Spirit of Adventure Meet Up Group.  This will be the second raft for Sunday.  We will be doing the Upper South Fork of the American, from Chili Bar to Lotus Park.   David Engel will be guiding this raft.  David is an experienced river guide but paddlers sometimes fall out of the boat and rarely a raft will flip.  

This is a beginners whitewater raft trip.  The most difficult rapids are rated 3+ out of 6.  This is one of the best beginner and intermediate runs in California.

This picture was taken on June 18, 2014.

*Note:  I am planning on rafting both Saturday and Sunday.  I will be posting Saturday and Sunday as a separate trip.   Therefore, if you want to camp on Saturday night, that will likely be possible.  We will have two rafts both days.

Likely, many of us will go up and camp Friday and Saturday night.  The camping portion is optional.

We will paddle from Chilli Bar to Lotus Camp, a distance of 7 miles. We will split the cost of parking at 2 places and have a group lunch that is included. The charge is $15 which covers the group costs of the trip, it is a non-profit trip. If you RSVP, you must be certain that you will be attending this trip. No last minute flaking out as it will negatively affect everyone else on the trip.

Here is a link to pictures and a description of the rapids.  http://cacreeks.com/amer-sf.htm

We will place a vehicle at the take out spot (Salmon Falls Bridge), then place another vehicle at the lunch spot and also the take out spot (Henningsen Lotus Park).  It takes a half hour to drive from the take out to the put in.  The dam just upstream releases water for rafting from 7 am to noon.  In order to accomplish this trip we need to get on the river as early as possible.  

Important things to bring:

You need to bring a water bottle to put near your feet in the floor of the raft.  There is a slight chance that this bottle could get lost.  At our lunch stop, we can refill our water bottles.  You need to bring shoes that can get wet and walk around on rocks.  You will need to bring sunscreen and a hat.   You also should have sunglasses and some sort or string or restraint for them.  I have a number of helmets that can be loaned out, they are optional on this trip.  

A paddle and life jacket will also be provided.  Paddles have a replacement cost of $50, so hold on to them even if you fall out of the raft.

In addition, I will be bringing a group lunch.  Generally, the lunch consists of some lunch meat (Chicken, ham or roast beef), there will be lots of fruit, some candy and a salty treat.  Everyone generally finds something yummy in the lunch.

Meeting times and locations will be at the American River.  I'll communicate these details to those who are attending.

 Sometimes we stop to purchase commercially available photographs of our trip.  A CD of about 30 photos can be purchased from a local company.  Often we split the cost of the photos.   Camping at the river is available if people are interested.

It would be great if someone has a large vehicle to leave at the take out.  A van or truck works well.  Such a vehicle will save us an hour after the trip. 

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  • David E.

    Thanks Eva and Elizabeth for the great rafting adventure. I've posted a few of the pictures. Let's do it again soon.

    2 · July 28

    • eva

      David that was a wonderful adventure you are amazing capitan! Thank you so so much for taking us , making space in the boat we are lucky for having so much fun. Many thankus :-) I am ready to do it again yeahhhh

      2 · July 28

  • eva

    [masked] we re in the area lost

    1 · July 27

  • David E.

    At this time, with people from The Spirit of Adventure and North Bay Adventure Club, we have 6 people in the boat. We can take one more person.

    2 · July 17

    • eva

      Max , David thank you!

      July 26

    • eva

      David I see that there is a spot opened is it ok to bring my partner (bf) he will be coming with me but we thought he will stay at the river until we are done rafting but now I see this spot opened May I please have him in the raft?Thank you so much!

      July 27

  • Michelle

    I wanna go!

    July 25

  • Rosa T.

    Hi Dave, are you planning another trip soon? I really don't want to pass up this chance, but if you have another planned soon it'll make my decision easier about this weekend. Thanks.
    Rosa T

    July 21

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