The action on this river starts immediately with a long quarter-mile stretch of technical whitewater. This rousing introduction ends in a hefty seven-foot drop called Chamberlain Falls. Continuing on, you'll blast through powerful hydraulics and maneuver through some solid Class IV rapids. After an intense morning, we'll break for lunch along the shoreline. You'll be glad when the river mellows out in the afternoon as we head toward take-out, giving you and your friends a well deserved chance to relax and enjoy the canyon.
A narrow and steep canyon of blue-green rock corrals the azure waters of the North Fork. Lush greenery hangs from the cliffs above and wildflowers bloom. The canyon feels so secluded, you and your friends will feel as if you've wandered into your own personal wonderland.
Three hours from San Francisco and one and a half hours from Lake Tahoe, the North Fork American is a short drive from major metropolitan cities. Nearby highways include 80 and 49.
The North Fork is a free-flowing river. This means there are no upstream dams controlling its flow. So when the snow in the mountains begins to melt, the river begins to flow. Flows typically peak early-May.
* Season length and flows may vary. For this year's flow predictions and real-time water levels go to the River Flows page.
Our lunch begins with tortilla chips, salsa, and fresh summer fruits. Our gourmet "build-your-own" sandwich bar includes all the fixings needed to assemble the perfect sandwich to your preference. We also provide a beverage, and cookies to finish it off.
If you have special dietary requirements, we encourage you to tell us at the time of your reservation. We will do our very best to accommodate your needs.
During normal water flows, All-Outdoors runs paddle rafts on the North Fork American. In a paddle raft, each guest and a professional guide have a paddle and navigate the river working as a coordinated team. North Fork trips are highly participatory so guests need to be ready and willing to paddle. In high water situations, we may opt to run oar-paddle combination rafts (a professional guide steers the raft with oars while simultaneously calling commands to paddlers). All guests should be able to swim.
One of our specialties is creating fun and memorable whitewater rafting trips for small and large groups.
What Type of Group Trip are You Looking For?
- I'm planning a trip for my friends and myself.
- I'm planning a family rafting trip.
- I'm planning an offsite corporate outings!
- I'm planning a bachelor party!
- I'm looking for bachelorette party ideas!
- I'm organizing a family reunion!
- I'm putting together a birthday party trip!
- I'm organizing and planning a class reunion!
Our reservation specialists can help you through every step of the planning process. To learn more about our group-specific discount plans and packages, visit our Group Rafting Trips page.
To learn more about our North Fork American River rafting trips, explore our 1-Day trip options. If you want to start booking your trip now, you can call our office at (800) 247-2387 during business hours or check for available space online.