Middle Fork 2-Day
This is our premiere trip. It offers all of the thrills of a 1 day middle fork trip, but has the added advantage of giving you more time to soak in the beauty of this unique wilderness canyon.
Departure: The meeting time for the Middle Fork is 8AM. You will meet the WET van and your guides for the day. behind the Raleys in Auburn California at 13384 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603. Here we will provide you with dry bags, in which you will place all of your overnight gear for transport down the river. From there we have a short ride in the van down the beautiful Middle Fork Canyon to our put- in location at the Oxbox Reservoir.
The Trip: Enjoy a stunning combination of scenery and adventure on this day long trip. Start out with Good Morning Rapid quickly followed by Tunnel Chute. Wrap up the first section of rapids with Kanaka Falls, then enjoy an easy float until you reach the lunch. Stop for a gourmet deli style lunch served riverside, Soon after enjoy a beautiful hike up a spring feed slot canyon. Then continue down the river to your beach camp for the evening. Enjoy a wonderful meal prepared riverside by your guides and enjoy a restful nights sleep. Wake up to a great full breakfast and then continue with Class III – IV rapids and another side hike!
Return: Once your time on the water is complete you will load into the WET van and return to the Raley’s parking lot after a short drive.
After meeting in Auburn and packing your personal gear into our waterproof bags we head to put in. We will load all of your gear plus everything necessary to pamper you at camp, into our oar boats. After a exciting and relaxing day of numerous whitewater rapids, floating through this beautiful river canyon, a gourmet deli lunch and the opportunity for a side hike up a slot canyon, we will arrive at a truly remote and secluded camp deep in the 2000 foot wilderness river canyon. Here there will be nothing to distract you from the beauty that is the Middle Fork American River. No cell phones, no cars, nothing but sand beaches, oak trees, clear water and a thousand stars above your head. Let all your stresses melt away as you bask it all in. Or try your hand at fishing this world class trout river. While you are enjoying all of this our professional guides will be preparing you a scrumptious 3 course dinner including sangria and non-alcoholic beverages. In the morning our guides will be up early preparing an amazing breakfast including fresh fruit, eggs, sausage and of course coffee as you slowly rise to take in the sun as it warms the beach. After a full breakfast, we load back into our rafts for a lazy float through this gorgeous river canyon. This is truly the best way to experience the Middle Fork. You will feel like you are the first people to see this river as morning wakes the wilderness canyon, you may even see deer or bear crossing the river or river otters playing in it. We then stop for lunch, but not before having the opportunity to hike up a side creek to a waterfall complete with swimming hole. After lunch it is time to jump back into the whitewater action. As the river enters into a gorge filled with back to back Class IV rapids. If that wasn’t enough excitement, you can watch your guides take the rafts over a 30 foot waterfall that is a mandatory portage. When this trip is over you will have had a once in a lifetime experience that you wish would never end. This trip really is the best way to fully enjoy and appreciate the Middle Fork American River. On a 2 day Middle Fork Trip there are all the thrills of a 1 day trip plus plenty of time to swim, play, hike, fish or simple let your cares melt away. And there is no better way to experience it then with W.E.T River trips who provide you with the best and most experienced guides on the Middle Fork American River.
Most frequent questions and answers
- 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)
Please feel free to bring whatever items you would like to leave in your car for retrieval after the trip. Camp Lotus features hot showers available for your use.
- Optional gratuity for your hardworking guides
- Dry Clothing
- Water or other beverage
- Dry towels
- 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
- One professional, talented, and possibly humorous river guide
- White water raft (Crewed by your provided guide at all times)
- Personal Flotation Device (Life-jacket)
- Other required safety equipment
- Wetsuits an paddle jackets may be required at additional cost during cooler months and are avaliable upon request in warmer months.
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Meeting Place: Behind the Raley's
13384 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603
The meeting place for this trip is directly behind the Raleys on Lincoln Way in Auburn. Please drive and park behind the Raley’s where our guides will meet you.