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Look no further for a comfortable camping experience alongside the beautiful banks of the American River

EarthTrek Expeditions Camp on the South Fork American River is our base for all of our trips on the American River. We are proud to offer comfortable camping options and delicious meals prepared by our staff. 

Please note, we are not a public campground. Camping is only available to our rafting guests or guests attending a private group event. 

The highlights of our campground are our "river tents" which are canvas-style tents on a platform directly on the river. Nothing compares to drifting off to sleep while being lulled by the gentle harmony of flowing water. All of our camping options are the perfect luxurious compliment to a day of rafting and outdoor adventure. On a multi-day rafting trip you will spend a good portion of your time at camp, so we place a high priority on providing a deluxe camping experience for our guests. 

A two night campground and facility use fee is included on all EarthTrek Two Day and Super-1 Day trips. The included campground use fee refers means you may use your own camping gear instead of renting our cabin tents or river tents. We do not have individual tent sites to pitch your own tent, but there is a communal open area where you can set up. Rental camping gear and cabin tents are an extra charge.

Please note: We do not allow cooking of any kind at our camp (i.e. camp stoves, barbecues, etc). Meals are provided by EarthTrek Expeditions on multi-day trips or if you are not part of a trip that includes meals you may purchase meals at several restaurants that are an easy walk from our camp.

EarthTrek is not an RV campground. There are no hookups or electricity. If you are traveling with an RV or travel trailer and/or plan to stay in your vehicle on an EarthTrek trip, please contact us for more details. 


Aerial view of EarthTrek Camp on the South Fork American River
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Some of the many features of our campground

You can rent one of our canvas-style cabin tents with bunk beds and comfortable sleeping pads


You can rent one of our River Front Tents on raised decks, located at the river's edge giving you a spectacular and private view of the American River.


Delicious meals are served by our friendly staff in one of our 2 outdoor covered kitchens.


During your free time you can enjoy a game of ping pong or cornhole. At night, if fire restrictions are not in place, you may use our campfire pits to roast up some marshmallows for s'mores and gather around for good ol' outdoor social activities.


Our amphitheater is a comfortable and scenic locale to enjoy your meal 


We think of everything...wi-fi and electronic charging stations too!


Our convenient and modern rest rooms feature tile floors, hot showers and flush toilets.



Put-ins and take-outs are easy from our private beach.


[Dear Earthtrek Staff,]

I have been going river rafting each year with Earthtrek since 1990. I've only missed going rafting 5 times during that 22 year period. Earthtrek has provided great rafting experiences every time that I've gone rafting. The South Fork and Middle Fork of the American River will always provide fun and excitement, but Earthtrek has always made my trips extra special. Of course the meals they provide are always superb, but it's the staff that makes the difference. Every guide has a pleasant personality and they go out of their way to make me feel welcome. I have had the opportunity to talk about Earthtrek to my family, friends and co-workers and have had the fortune to organize a group of them to go rafting each time that I've gone. They all have had the same experiences that I have had. All I can say to Earthtrek is; Don't change anything and keep up the great work!


Lonnie J. 


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