South Fork Half-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip from Lotus (Class 2-3+)

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Get ready for an unforgettable adventure on the South Fork Half-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip from Lotus! This exhilarating experience offers the perfect mix of adrenaline-pumping rapids and breathtaking scenery. From the moment you step into the parking lot at H2O Adventures, you'll be greeted by friendly staff members who will ensure you're prepared for the journey ahead. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned river lover, this trip is designed for everyone aged 6 to 96. As you paddle through the crystal-clear waters of the American River, surrounded by vibrant wildflowers, towering trees, and abundant wildlife, you'll feel like you're in a Hollywood movie. So don't miss out on this classic river rafting experience in California. Book your adventure now and get ready to make unforgettable memories on the South Fork!

About this experience

  • Non Refundable There is no return, refund or cancellation possible with this product
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-9 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Exciting whitewater rafting experience
  • Scenic views of wildflowers, trees, and wildlife
  • Perfect for first-time rafters
  • Popular option for California river rafting
  • Suitable for all ages from 6 to 96
  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Snacks
  • All fees and taxes
  • All necessary safety gear- pfd, helmet, paddle, as well as wetsuits and splash jackets during cooler months.
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic beverages

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Experience the thrill and exhilaration of whitewater rafting on the South Fork of the American River with this unforgettable half-day adventure. Traverse the stunning natural beauty of the area, including vibrant wildflowers, towering trees, and diverse wildlife. Prepare to be amazed as you paddle through some of the best whitewater in all of North America. With its thrilling rapids and picturesque scenery, it's easy to forget that this isn't just a movie set—it's real life.

What to expect?

Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned river lover, this whitewater rafting trip is perfect for all skill levels. The South Fork of the American River is renowned for its accessibility and is the top choice for California river rafters. Whether you're 6 or 96 years old, you'll find yourself swept away by the excitement of this classic river adventure. Get ready for 210 minutes of pure adrenaline, laughter, and unforgettable memories.

Who is this for?

This thrilling whitewater rafting experience is designed for adventure enthusiasts of all ages. From families looking for an unforgettable bonding experience to thrill-seeking friends seeking a new adrenaline rush, everyone is invited to join in on the fun. There are no age limits, making it the perfect choice for multi-generational trips. So gather your loved ones, friends, and even colleagues, and embark on this epic river journey together.

Why book this?

When it comes to whitewater rafting, the South Fork of the American River stands out as a must-do experience. Accessible and welcoming to all, this trip offers a combination of excitement, natural beauty, and camaraderie that is truly unparalleled. Whether you're conquering heart-pumping rapids or soaking up breathtaking scenery, you'll find yourself immersed in a world of adventure. This is your chance to create memories that will last a lifetime and share unforgettable moments with your loved ones.

Good to know

Before embarking on your epic whitewater rafting adventure, it's important to know that you will be meeting in the parking lot at H2O Adventures. A friendly staff member will greet you and guide you through check-in. Make sure to read the information packet that will be sent with your booking confirmation for all the details you need. It's also worth noting that this experience includes all necessary equipment, so you can just focus on having the time of your life on the river.


Previous adventurers have raved about their experiences on the South Fork of the American River. They've praised the knowledgeable and friendly guides who made them feel safe and confident throughout the journey. Many have shared stories of overcoming their fears and experiencing an adrenaline rush like never before. Overall, customers have expressed their satisfaction and highly recommend this whitewater rafting trip as a thrilling and memorable outdoor activity.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

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6400 CA-49

South Fork of the American River



5 (75)


What an amazing trip! Everything about this trip was done with fun and safety in mind! Our family loved our guide, Emerson. If we were staying in the area, we would have booked another trip so we could do it all over again! You won’t be disappointed!!

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Me and my son took off with our professional guide Emma and her assistant Kelly. The atmosphere was light uplifting with a lot of jokes and stories flying around. Emma was quiet. Joker but none the less a real professional who guided us through the river and made sure to maximize the experience from each rapid or phase of the river


On a scale of 1-100, I would rate this 200. Our family had the best day ever with raft guides Emma, Jeremy, and Joe. Especially our boats guide Emma was phenomenal in making sure all of us are comfortable, safe, and we have a great time! Jeremy was very funny and immediately put my scared mind at ease about the experience. I would recommend this company to anyone even non-swimmers. We are very fortunate to have this company so close to Sacramento River and we can enjoy the experience. Thank you H2O adventures management for treating their employees so nicely, so they in turn are nice to the guests. Highly highly recommend for a family or friends day outing


We had an amazing time. Our guide Kelly was the best guide ever. She helped us with our gear and made sure we were completely comfortable with our rafting trip. The only disappointment was that Hotshot Imaging was not on the river to capture photos of us on the river. However Kelly had taken so photo on her phone which she provided free of charge to us. We would recommend H2O.


Our group had an amazing experience last Saturday! My bachelorette party rafted the half-day South Fork of the American River route and had the most epic time. It rained the entire trip, which proved a unique treat and challenge. We were outfitted with warm layers, given safety instructions, and our guide Brendan was the life of the party and expert on the water. 100% recommend to anyone looking for the perfect group activity!


There are many companies that offer rafting trips on the American River, and after looking at ~10, I picked H20 Adventures because 1) they were a local company, 2) I didn't want food included, and 3) price. It was straightforward to book through their website, and when I had to make some changes later on, I emailed and talked on the phone with Fianna, who was responsive and helpful in answering my questions and making the changes. Our group of 7 adults did the half day South Fork of the American River, Lower Gorge Run. Once we were all gathered at the river campground, we were given our equipment (all in good condition) and a thorough safety talk. Most of us had no experience with white water rafting, and our guide Marina was a great instructor and paddle captain. At the beginning, she asked us if we wanted our trip to be "mild or spicy," and when the group decided on "spicy," she delivered a high adrenaline trip on the river, including spinning the raft, purposely hitting rocks, and tackling rapids head on, but each time she gave clear instructions before and during, so we were able to paddle together confidently. Everyone had a blast, and I doubt we would've had the option of a "spicy" adventure if we had gone with one of the bigger companies (e.g. OARS), which seemed to have a more rigid schedule and style for their large groups. Highly recommend H20 Adventures if you're looking for an adventure on the water!


Our tour and guide, Ethan, were GREAT! The half day tour was well organized, they provided gear to keep us warm, and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and skilled at river rafting. We had 4 kids with us and Ethan was patient and a great instructor. I highly recommend!!


Our family (2 parents and 2 kids ages 10 and 7) went rafting for the first time with H2O Adventures. Every aspect of the trip was amazing from the booking through checkin/safety briefing to rafting. It was our son’s 7th birthday and all the guides and other customers made sure it was a special day for him. Devon was our guide and he was fantastic! He was great with the kids and happy to talk about the history and ecology of the area. He was also clearly looking out for the safety of the other boats in our group throughout the tour. This half-day trip was a perfect introduction to rafting. On the bus back to the parking lot, we were already discussing when we would be heading out to raft again! Highly recommend!!!


Had an exciting and memorable time with Kevin as our guide! We went down the Troublemaker Rapids on the South Fork and we had more rapids and much less calm water than we have experienced before and we loved it! The only thing we wish we had done different is book a full-day rather than a half-day. Went with my 9, 12 and 15 year old daughters. Highly recommend!


This was our children's (age 12 and 7) first experience of rafting and they loved it! We had James and he was very knowledgeable and made us feel very safe. I didn't realise until we saw the photos quite how under water we'd been on the grade 3 rapids!!
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