The section of the South Fork of the American River that we will be paddling is located between Placerville and Folsom Lake (Sacramento areas). The Middle Fork is accessed by Auburn. We will be camping at the American River Resort and rafting the South Fork on Saturday and the Middle Fork on Sunday. Monday will be an optional river or travel day. The South Fork is suitable for beginners. The Middle Fork is a bit more adventurous and rafting experience will be helpful. Camping fees will be extra. (Please also review my comments to learn the latest updates for the trip.)
This trip will be advertised on several meet ups. In order to secure a spot, you will have to get in touch with me and I will confirm that you have a spot. Once I confirm that you have a spot, you will need to make a $25 payment to me via PayPal to reserve your spot.
The trip will feature two amazing rivers. It is possible that we could have some people participate on one river and not the other. Please let me know what preferences you might have. I have expanded the sign ups to 14 people. This is expecting that we can shuffle people into various trips. As we have 3 days, we could have a rest day of hiking or possibly a kayaking lesson. If you want to paddle the Middle Fork, please watch the videos that I have linked to below so that you will understand what the river is like. If you don't want to paddle the Middle Fork, I will attempt to place you on an additional South Fork trip.
We will be rafting on the South Fork of the American River between Chili Bar and the Salmon Falls Bridge for the first day. This river is located just east of Sacramento. The route is 20 miles in length and features several Class 3 rapids. It is a great trip for beginner rafters who are in reasonably good shape. You can read more about it here: http://cacreeks.com/amer-sf.htm
Assuming everyone is ready for a more challenging trip, we will paddle the Middle Fork of the American River either on Sunday or Monday. The Middle Fork features the famous "Tunnel Chute Rapid" which is either a Class 4 or 5 depending on the viewpoint. If you are swimming it, you'd probably think its a 5. ;-) Here is a write up on the Middle Fork: http://cacreeks.com/amer-mf1.htm You might want to review these videos on You Tube about the Middle Fork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVpf64HQZy8 and this one features flipping a boat: http://youtu.be/j2b8HtyX9GU
We can tailor the trip to the skills and interest of those on the trip.
There will be a $25.00 charge which will be collected at the Denny's meeting place. It's possible we could all meet at the American River Resort Campground in Coloma. The fee will cover our expenses of parking, put in fees and a tow across Lake Folsom. There will be charges for individual camping and for gas that we will be individually responsible for.
We will be leaving a car at the end of the run (take out), the lunch spot and the start (put in) so it takes about two hours to position he cars before we can get in the river. The Middle Fork takes considerable time to set up the shuttle. We would welcome someone on the trip that would like to camp, but not raft. Possibly, two people could split up the two or three days of rafting.
What you need to bring: A hat, or helmet (if you prefer), clothes you can swim in, a liter water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses with leash, water shoes, a change of clothes, money for fees and meals. For camping you will need a tent, a sleeping pad, a sleeping bag. Likely we will be responsible for our own meals, but we can make that a topic later.
The raft is a 14 foot, self bailing, commercial grade raft. You will be provided a life vest (PFD) and a paddle. A lost paddle will cost $50, so hold on to those paddles.