The Middle Fork of the American flows through the Tahoe National Forest and into the Auburn State Recreation area, and is considered one of the most remote whitewater canyons in the state. This is a great rafting trip for the active first time rafter, or for someone looking for something more challenging than the South Fork of the American.
This beautiful river plunges through a rugged wilderness canyon, in the foothills of California gold rush country. Only a few short hours from the Bay Area, this river makes a great day trip, or weekend excursion for San Francisco residents.
The Middle Fork runs through an intensely isolated and deep canyon broken up by many challenging Class III and IV rapids, and is perfect for both the adrenaline junkie and the wilderness lover. One of the most memorable rapids is Tunnel Chute – a section of rock blasted out by gold miners in the 1800s during the Gold Rush. Here the river is squeezed into a 12-foot cascading spillway that continues for 100 feet, and then diverted through a raftable tunnel. There is truly no rafting experience like this anywhere else.
The rafting companies listed above offer one, two and three day rafting trips down the Middle Fork of the American River. So whether you want a quick, exhilarating ride, or a longer time to enjoy the wilderness, these companies will make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.