South Fork - North Fork Combo

Combine our most popular run, a night of camping, and our most challenging run into one huge adventure.

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Day 1:

Arrival: You will meet us at 8 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 River: 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 served riverside.

Off the Water: You will return to Camp Lotus between 2 and 3 PM where you will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful campground. Tents can be provided free of charge, just let your guides know how many you would like. Then relax by the river and utilize Camp Lotus showers and other amenities while your guides prepare a filling dinner to be served later in the evening.

Day 2:

Morning: Wake up to coffee and following soon after a full breakfast including eggs, bacon, hash browns, and orange juice. From there we have a ride in the van over to auburn and up highway 80 to our put in on the North Fork.

The Trip: This one is not for the faint of heart. The North Fork is a Class IV+ section of continuous high level whitewater.

Return: Once your time on the water is complete you will load into the WET van and return to Camp Lotus where we will say our good-byes!

South Fork - North Fork Combo

  • RIVER: Day 1 - South Fork American River / Day 2 - North Fork American River
  • SECTION: Day 1 - Camp Lotus to Skunk Hollow / Day 2 - Iowa Hill Road to Ponderosa Road
  • BEST FOR: Adventurers, Thrills Seekers, and Experienced Rafters
  • CLASS: 4+
  • MINIMUM AGE: 14
  • SKILL: Intermediate, Experienced
  • DEPARTS FROM: Camp Lotus, 5461 Bassi Rd., Lotus, Ca 95651
  • MEALS: Day 1 - Lunch & Dinner / Day 2 - Breakfast & Lunch
  • CAMPING: 1 Night Tent Camping Included
  • DURATION: Day 1 - 10AM / Day 2 - Approximately 4:30PM
  • COST: $275 Weekdays / $285 Weekends

South Fork - North Fork Combo

One of our most popular trips, these 2 Day trips offer you the opportunity to experience 2 (or 3 if you want) of our unprecedented trips over the same amount of days. Choose your combination and create your experience. Our most popular combo trip is the South Fork/North Fork trip. Here you can warm up on the South Fork American River on the first day before tackling the more challenging North Fork American River. On Day 1 we will meet at Camp Lotus at 9:00 (for the Upper, 10:00 for the Gorge) before rafting the river. As with all of our trips you will be fitted with all of the necessary rafting gear, receive a safety and paddling orientation by our professional guides before loading into your rafts wear you will be skillfully guided by our highly trained guides who are the best and most experienced on the river. After your first day of rafting you will have the opportunity to take a hot shower and/or play volleyball, horseshoes, fish, swim or simply let all your stresses melt away with a beverage as you relax by the river and are prepare a gourmet 3 course meal. The next morning you will awake to the smell of coffee as your guides deftly prepare a continental breakfast before we load into our shuttle vans to embark on your next adventure.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

For Rafting:

  • 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)
  • Helmet
  • Paddle
  • 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.

Take a Closer Look

5461 Bassi Rd, Lotus, CA 95651

The meeting place for this trip is our private campground partner, Camp Lotus. Please take the time to download and print directions as cell phone service can be spotty.

Drive Times:

Sacramento Area: Approximately 45 mins

San Francisco: Approximately 2 hours