DESCRIPTION:

The Full Pull, The Big Rio, The Whole Enchilada, what ever you want to call this one this is your chance to experience more than 20 miles of river in one day! This trip starts with the upper Chili Bar run of the American River with rapid such as Meat Grinder, Racehorse Bend, and Troublemaker. Refuel yourself in the cool shade with lunch at Camp Lotus before heading into the Gorge. Following lunch you will have a chance to relax on some nice class II rapids before dropping into the Class III Gorge. Enjoy Fowler's Rock, Satan's Cesspool, and Hospital Bar.

What to Bring/WearWhat We ProvideFor Overnight Camping
For On the Raft
  • Secure footwear; old tennis shoes or sturdy sandals with heel straps such as Tevas, Keens, and Chacos. NO FLIP FLOPS OR BARE FEET!
  • Swimsuit or shorts and T-shirt to wear on the rafts.
  • Sunglasses with neck strap (Please be sure to bring a neck strap for any glasses you plan on wearing on the raft.)
  • Sunscreen and lip ointment
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof camera (optional)
  • Light cap or visor (optional)
  • Any medicines you require (please contact us beforehand to ensure we can accommodate any needs)
For After Your Trip
  • Optional gratuity for your hardworking guides
  • Dry Clothing
  • Water or other beverage
  • One professional, talented, and possibly humorous river guide
  • White water raft (Crewed by your provided guide at all times)
  • Personal Flotation Device (Life-jacket)
  • Helmet
  • Paddle
  • Other required safety equipment
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tent (optionally we can provide tents at no cost)
  • Warm clothing for the evening.
  • Personal care items (Toothbrush, deodorant,  hair care products, etc.)
  • Flashlight or headlamp

ITINERARY:

Departure: You will meet us at 9 AM at the private Camp Lotus campground, where you'll meet your guide and be outfitted with everything you need to enjoy your trip, including paddles, life jackets and helmets. 

The Trip: You'll enjoy some of the most fun rapids and beautiful views the American River has to offer. Along the way, we'll stop for a gourmet deli lunch back where we started at Camp Lotus.  Following lunch you'll experience a leisurely set of class II rapids with a chance to disembark your raft and enjoy swimmers rapids. Once you drop into the granite gorge you'll be blow away by heartpound class III rapids such as Lost Hat, Satan's Cesspool, Bouncing Rock, and Hospital Bar.

Return: Ending our trip at Skunk Hollow we will board our shuttle vehicle and return to Camp Lotus at approximately 5 PM. There, you will have the opportunity to purchase photos of your adventure, and utilize Camp Lotus's showers and other amenities. Should you wish to camp at Camp Lotus the night prior to or after your rafting trip, simply book online or call us ahead of time. 

Full River - South Fork American

  • RIVER: SOUTH FORK AMERICAN RIVER
  • SECTION: THE NUGGET (PLACERVILLE) - SKUNK HOLLOW (SALMON FALLS)
  • BEST FOR: FAMILIES, CORPORATE GROUPS, YOUTH GROUPS, EVERYONE!
  • LENGTH: 1 DAY
  • CLASS: III
  • MIN. AGE: 7
  • SKILL: FIRST TIMER, ATHLETIC FIRST TIMER, INTERMEDIATE
  • DEPARTS FROM: CAMP LOTUS, 5461 BASSI RD., LOTUS, CA 95651 (MAP)
  • MEALS: LUNCH
  • MEET TIME:  9AM - APPROXIMATELY 5PM

WEEKENDS $129

WEEKDAYS $119

Where to meet:

Camp Lotus

5461 Bassi Rd, Lotus, CA 95651