Fed by snowmelt from the high Sierra Nevada mountains, some of the world's most beautiful rivers course westward. Some 30 rivers attract hundreds of thousands of thrill-seekers, with many stretches of water rating Class V (difficult and dangerous)

The South Fork of the American River is the West's most popular whitewater rafting river—for good reason. Upstream dams regulate a great flow of beautiful clear water throughout the summer, and the river is just tame enough to be a favorite for families and wild enough for thrills and chills you'll never forget. Rapids like Troublemaker and Satan's Cesspool deserve their names. Dozens of commercial rafting companies offer everything from budget mid-week half-day trips to weekend adventures complete with great food and entertainment.

For rafters and kayakers looking for more of a challenge, the Middle and North Forks of the American offer plenty of excitement and Class V whitewater. Both forks of the river pass through the Auburn State Recreation Area.

Further south, the Merced, King, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers all offer world-class adventures.




Adventure Connection P. O. Box 475, Coloma CA 95613 (530) 626-7385
All-Outdoors Adventure Trips Whitewater Rafting 1026 Lotus Road, Lotus CA 95651 (800) 247-2387
American River Adventures 6400 Highway 49, Lotus CA 95651 (530) 295-3596
American River Recreation P. O.Box 465, Lotus CA 95651 (530) 622-6802
CBOC Whitewater Rafting P. O. Box 554, Coloma CA 95613 (800) 356-2262
Current Adventure Kayak School & Trips (530) 642-9755
Earthtrek Expeditions 7308 Highway 49, Lotus CA 95651 (530) 642-1900
Environmental Traveling Companions 6700 Highway 49, Lotus CA 95651 (530) 642-8189
Gold Rush River Runner 6260 Highway 49, Lotus CA 95651 (530) 626-1972
RMA Rafting Trips (530) 626-8586
Rapid Descent Adventures 6015 Rafters Lane, Placerville CA 95667 (530) 642-2370
River Runners Inc. P.O. Box 433, Coloma CA 95613 (530) 622-5110
South Bay River Rafter 6019 New River Road, Coloma CA 95613 (530) 622-6322
Three Forks Whitewater (530) 626-4718
Tributary Whitewater Tours (800) 672-3846
Whitewater Connection 7170 Highway 49, Coloma CA 95613 (800) 336-7238
Whitewater Excitement (800) 750-2386
Whitewater Voyages (800) 488-7238
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