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Superb Rafting Adventures Since 1977

Welcome to our 38th year of offering the finest outdoor experience possible on the American River. In 1977 EarthTrek Expeditions opened its doors for the first time as an adventure travel agency offering a full array of worldwide expeditions, treks and adventures. In our early years we operated ski bus tours to Mammoth and Utah, bicycle tours throughout California and the Southwest but whitewater rafting became our most popular and favorite activity so we decided to make this our specialty. From those roots we have grown to become one of the largest and most respected outfitters on the American River. Over the years we have had many opportunities to expand our operations to other rivers but we decided to put all our efforts into making our trips on the American River the very best possible.

We are one of only a few raft companies in California to own their own campground enabling us to continually improve our facility to maximize your enjoyment during your stay with us. Our guides are the best in the world. In fact, many of our guides come from the far corners of the globe, such as New Zealand, Australia, Nepal, Mexico and Costa Rica. Hungry rafters will not be disappointed as our guides are also expert chefs, preparing meals that will satisfy any appetite.

EarthTrek only operates rafting trips on the South Fork American, Middle Fork American and North Fork American Rivers. If you are interested in rafting other rivers in California, the Grand Canyon, and other western states, check out our
Links page where we can direct you to many other outstanding outfitters offering trips on these rivers.

We know how valuable your vacation and recreation time is so we encourage you to carefully check us out and compare our services with other rafting companies. We are confident that you will appreciate the commitment and attention we put into making a rafting trip on the American River with EarthTrek Expeditions the very best.

Read the article about EarthTrek Expeditions in AAA Westways Magazine


The South Fork of the American River in its natural state would not have sufficient flows during the summer to support rafting or other floating activities as they are known today. Adequate flows for rafting result from hydroelectric releases from facilities located at Chili Bar and above. These releases are made for power generation and are not subject to the control of El Dorado County or commercial rafting companies operating under permits from El Dorado County.” 


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