California whitewater rafting with W.E.T. River Trips starts with the American River. The three whitewater sections include rafting trips in California that are close to major population centers such as San Francisco, San Jose, Lake Tahoe and Sacamento. South Fork American, Middle Fork American and North Fork American are in Central and Northern California including our most popular American River whitewater.
The most popular river in the western United States has more consistent rapids than any river in California. Flowing through the original Gold Rush discovery site in Coloma, the South Fork American River is a paddler's dream river. Lots of rapids will challenge even the veteran rafter. This section is very popular with group rafting trips such as corporate team building, youth groups and family rafting programs. W.E.T. has family rafting trips during the week with special savings.
The infamous Tunnel Chute run on the Middle Fork American River is equally popular. In a deep isolated canyon, this river is a wilderness trip unmatched by other trips. W.E.T. River Trips is an official white water rafting concessionaire with California State Parks. Tunnel Chute rapid is an unusual formation caused by argonauts who carved out and diverted the river when they were mining gold from the streambed. The rapid ends in a tunnel hence the name. A major portage around Rucka-Chucky rapid highlights the end of this river trip where you can view the awesome waterfall from above.
Middle Fork is an ideal river for the 2-day wilderness trip. We highly recommend this trip for those of you who are planning extended river trips on the Klamath River, Rogue or Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Check our what to bring rafting for wilderness trips. Slow down to river time and join us on this beautiful stretch of white water river.
The North Fork American River whitewater section is the most beautiful pristine playground of the American River. The NoFo rapids are technical and demanding. From start to finish, experienced paddlers will negotiate class 4+ rapids such as Chamberlain Falls, Bogus Thunder and Staircase. There are no dams on this section of river, so we depend on Mother Nature's snowpack and rainfall for flows.
The North Fork American is an ideal trip to combine with the South Fork in early spring. Run two rivers in two days for this exciting white water rafting package. Check out the special college student discounts!
Note: spring rafting requires gear and W.E.T. River Trips provides wetsuits, splash jackets, helmets and of course, lifejackets. See our what-to-wear page for more details. California rafting is optimum during early spring.
W.E.T. River Trips was established in 1978. Running California white water rafting rivers in California. W.E.T. River Trips is an official California State Parks concessionaire.
Permitted by United States Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, California State Parks, El Dorado County & other governing agencies.
Nirvana is found on the river. Raft with us and see why W.E.T. is the premier California white water rafting company for California whitewater rafting trips.