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North Fork American River rafting--class IV+ whitewater in a rugged wilderness canyon.

North Fork American River rafting

Spend a day in a world apart—a deep, sheer, beautiful gorge of the finest class IV+ spring-season whitewater.

North Fork Thriller 1-day rafting trip

  • Class IV-IV+
  • 11 miles
  • 1 day
  • Minimum age 14 (16 at high water)
  • Meet time usually 8:00 am (variable)

Typical season:
April through mid-June

2014 start dates:
Call 800-488-7238 for details.

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For North Fork information and to make reservations, call (800) 488-7238

For other general questions, call (800) 400-RAFT

Download trip packet (PDF)


North Fork American River rafting trip prices
Trip Starts Standard Groups > 12
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri $155 $124
Wednesday $134 $108
Sunday $175 $140
Prices listed are per-person. All guests subject to $8.00 River and Land Use Fee.

Trip Description

On the North Fork, we maneuver our rafts down narrow passages and over steep drops, through a shockingly pretty and deep canyon. Includes bountiful lunch along the river and cold beverage at end. Read the full trip description »

Rafting Adrenaline on the North Fork American RiverThe North Fork of the American River flows down the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and carves a deep, sheer gorge, which plunges in a deep crevasse down the western slope of the Sierra.

The water sparkles like liquid diamonds, and the stream bed is sensuously intimate—at times just wide enough for the rafts.

Participants must be physically fit, energetic, rugged—and have strong swimming ability and previous paddle rafting experience. Wetsuits are essential.

Rafting Adrenaline on the North Fork American RiverThroughout the first five miles, the class IV rapids are continuous and erupt in climax after climax. Thereafter, the North Fork of the American River—one of the loveliest rivers of the Sierra—ambles through mild class II-III rapids for a soothing, scenic conclusion.

North Fork American River Rapids: This run, from Iowa Bridge to Upper Lake Clementine, is name the Chamberlain Falls Run after one of its most spectacular drops. Equally memorable are Bogus Thunder and Staircase. The North Fork American River is rated at Class IV+. Paddlers must have prior experience.

Note: North Fork American River rafting trips meet in Auburn. You may want to arrive the night before—for a list of local accommodations, click here. Also, Auburn is just 16 miles from our River Park Campground on the South Fork American where you are welcome to camp FREE the night before and/or the night after your trip with us. Advance reservations required.


Typical season:
April through mid-June

2014 start dates:
Call booking office.

For North Fork information and to make reservations, call (800) 488-7238

For other general questions, call (800) 400-RAFT

Download trip packet (PDF)


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