Middle Fork American 2 Or 3 Day Raft Trip Class IV
The Middle Fork American River is a Class IV or intermediate river that is suitable for experienced guests and adventurous first timers alike. Our usual minimum age is 12 years old ,making it a great family outing for teenagers.
For our two-day trips we take a slower pace through the first set of rapids, allowing us to stop at points of interest, rock jumping spots and play spots. If the group would like a short stop to scout Tunnel Chute, this is a great way to take in the roar of the raging rapid in the chute, the history of the old mining operations and the massive hole that was dug with pickaxes and a small amount of dynamite to divert the river and ultimately make one of the most exciting rapids on the Middle Fork American River. After lunch, those interested can take the short hike up Dardanelle Creek to its amazing slot canyon waterfall before floating down to one of the riverside camps. Day two starts with a mellow morning sipping coffee while breakfast is cooked and gear is packed. A calm morning float down to our lunch spot at Canyon Creek allows time to wake up before venturing up Canyon Creek's beautiful lush trail to swimming holes and waterfalls. When you return from your hike the lunch of your choice from our menu will be ready for you just in time to watch the water rise from the dam release and the river come alive. After lunch, we raft through Ruck-A-Chucky Gorge, the most continuous section of Class IV whitewater rafting on the Middle Fork American River and float down to take out where cold refreshments will be waiting at the van.
For our three-day trip, we pass the take out point for the one and two day trips and camp on a sandy beach a bit further downstream. The third day is a relaxing float with occasional Class II rapids until we arrive at Murders Bar Rapid. We have the option of taking out before or after this very difficult and hazardous Class V rapid, depending on the desire of the group and the groups ability and experience level.
The Middle Fork American River has three river side wilderness camps which are maintained by California State Parks. Each one has nice swimming, plenty of flat sandy areas for camping and composting toilets which really are one of the nicest wilderness outhouse systems out there. Most nights on the river are warm and clear, so generally tents are not necessary unless desired for privacy. We do not provide tents, sleeping bags or pads, however if needed we can arrange rentals for you.
When we arrive at our overnight camp there is plenty of time for swimming, fishing (licenses are required) or just relaxing with a cold beverage before enjoying dinner prepared by your guides. We bring along Horseshoes and Bocce Ball for your enjoyment, but feel free to being along any games you and your group might enjoy.
On trips lasting more than one day, we like to mix up the menu a bit and we rotate through our breakfast, lunch and dinner menu options. You are welcome to take a look at our menu and pick the meals you would like or let your guides choose their favorites from our menu. Please feel free to call with any questions or requests, we can make many meals vegetarian and can also accommodate meals not on our menu in many cases.