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American River Recreation - Day Tours

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Address: 6400 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651
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+1 800-333-7238
09:00 - 17:00
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High quality rafting trips on California's best rivers. Located in the...

High quality rafting trips on California's best rivers. Located in the heart of the Gold Country just minutes from Sacramento, San Francisco or Lake Tahoe. 1/4-day to 4-day trips, all includsive. From wild to mild, we have trips for all skill levels. With over 34 years experience our main goal is to provide you with a fun and safe river adventure you will always remember with a smile. Best value and pricing guaranteed. 1/2 priced family trips. Last minute resrevations welcomed. Check our web site for specials and other discounts or call one of our frendly adventure consultants.

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Awesome Bachelor Party

ARR runs in partnership with AWE (American whitewater expeditions), I believe. 20+ of us (all in mid 30s) ran a day trip down the middle fork of the American River. We were split... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 September 2016
Oceanside, California
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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

ARR runs in partnership with AWE (American whitewater expeditions), I believe. 20+ of us (all in mid 30s) ran a day trip down the middle fork of the American River. We were split onto 4 different rafts each with their own guide. The seasonal run-off was great for a fun ride through 18 miles of class III-V rapids. There was... More 

Thank TWonderlust
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We booked an afternoon trip on the Gorge and it was worth every penny. * Price was better than several other companies that I researched. * The booking was smooth - we got confirmation very quickly and detailed directions and instructions. * Location was easy to find, and if you get to the area early, you can even explore the... More 

Thank Ted T
Kensington, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

A group of 7 of us just returned from our first 4 hour whitewater rafting trip down the American River with American River Recreation (run out of American River Resort). It was great! The 7 of us were in one boat; there were 5 boats in our group that afternoon. We saw a lot of other rafting companies out on... More 

Thank Matt F
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

My daughters girl scout troop choose ARR just by chance and BOY did we pick a winner! Our guide was Grace and she was awesome! She was super friendly! Very knowledgeable and was a great navigator! She had great stories to tell and pointed out interesting points of interests on our 16 mile South fork journey. She made our raft... More 

Thank ceskydup
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

My husband and I with two kids ages 12 and 15 decided to go rafting with this company due to other positive reviews I read. It did not disappoint. We had a great day of fun on the beautiful river. We chose the half day which was enough over the full day. The place had clean bathrooms and a nice... More 

Thank Peggy C
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

We camped Saturday the 25th of July and rafted the Middle Fork Sunday. It was 7 guys plus myself. Everything was brilliant. The camping provided us with great dinner (appetizers, beer, wine, tri tip, fish, chicken, veges, dessert) and breakfast (muffins, toast, juice, coffee, eggs) morning before rafting. Our tour leader was Tom and my raft guide was Colby. These... More 

Thank Jamie D
Chico, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

In our group of 4 girls, two had never been rafting but by the end of the day, they were sure they wanted to do it again! We arrived a half hour earlier than our scheduled 8:30 start time for the 4-hour Chili Bar Run. Near the huge parking-lot, we found clean bathroom facilities & their campgrounds. After checking-in, we... More 

Thank itchfoot
austin, tx
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

We had a cousins reunion and decided to go white water rafting and we are so glad we did!! We had an amaing day on the river despite all the smoke from the forrest fire. Our guide Christian was very entertaining and a fun guy. I am sure he wont forget our group!! We didnt want the trip to end.... More 

Thank sobiedobie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

From Louisiana & didn't know who to choose but decided on American River Rec. We had only been white water rafting once before: Kananaskis River, Alberta, CA. Chose the Chili Bar Run on South American River. It was a morning run and as we drove to campground we passed over the river & it looked low. Was a little nervous... More 

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Yorba Linda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

For this years summer camping vacation on the way to Yosemite, we stopped by Coloma and went with my family on the full day (Chili-bar/Gorge) South Fork trip July 22. It was nothing but spectacular!! I had rafted with ARR (south/middle fork) in the past as a boy scout and I've had nothing but good memories from that experience. Going... More 

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