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Middle Fork American River - Class IV

1 day Middle Fork American River whitewater rafting trips, Class IV, May to September
Plus Combination Trips with the South Fork

2015 Update

All Middle Fork trips booked with EarthTrek will be operated by our neighbor and friends at O.A.R.S.

A deep forested canyon, crystal clear water and some of the wildest runnable rapids in California. All of this and more can be found on the Middle Fork American River. While some of the river is a relaxing but spirited Class II float, there are numerous Class III and IV rapids for whitewater excitement and thrills.

The highlight of every Middle Fork American River trip is the famous Tunnel Chute, a narrow Class IV+ cataract created by 19th century gold miners to divert the river and dry up the ancient bed to make the gold easier to find. Immediately following the Chute is a 90' tunnel that we leisurely float through. After the Tunnel Chute, rapid excitement continues, including the always challenging Kanaka Falls. The Middle Fork American River then mellows until we reach Ruck-A-Chucky Falls, a necessary portage. Our trip down the beautiful Middle Fork American River comes to a dramatic conclusion with another series of thundering Class III-IV drops.

We offer two ways to run the Middle Fork American River. Our most popular offering are combination trips where you can combine one or two days on the South Fork American with a day on the Middle Fork American River, thus allowing you to camp in comfort at our deluxe private camp and still enjoy the challenge of the Middle Fork American River. For those with limited time we also offer the Middle Fork as a one day trip






Middle Fork American River - Class IV Trips

Middle Fork American Super 1 Day Trip

Our SUPER 1 DAY TRIP includes a full day of rafting the Middle Fork American plus camping before and after your rafting trip plus 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner. You may arrive at our camp in Lotus anytime after 5 PM on the night before your trip. The first day of your trip will include breakfast, followed by our full day raft trip down the Middle Fork with lunch, then dinner that evening back at camp. The trip concludes after breakfast the next morning, about 9 AM.

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