Whitewater Rafting on the American River

Sacramento sits at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers, which means it is just a short drive to some of the best rafting on the continent.

The American River's three forks provide rafters with a variety of rapids, including anything from easy routes for beginners to advanced routes where you'll find intense rapids.

Rafting season usually kicks off in Spring, and if the snowfall is good, the season can last through Labor Day. Typically, July and August are the best times to book a rafting trip out of Sacramento if you're a beginner or looking for a leisurely family outing.

It's never too early to think of your summer vacation, and if you're booking airfare, it helps to have an idea of where you want to go and when so you can keep an eye on airfare and snag a good rate.

If you are planning a rafting trip, it is important you book a tour with experienced guides. With the help of our partners at Visit El Dorado, we have compiled a list of some great early-season specials. And don’t forget to enjoy the sites in El Dorado before you make your way back to Sacramento.

All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting – Book by April 30, raft by June 30, and save 20 percent on your trip.

EarthTrek Expeditions offers group discounts to parties of 12 or more when booked online.

Raft California –  Save 20 percent on any trips that are booked and scheduled for May. That results in savings that range from $30 to $80/person, depending on the trip. 

OARS – Buy one, get one for 50 percent off when you book any AM Chili Bar trip on the South Fork of the American River in 2019, plus free camping and hot breakfast when requested at the time of reservation. OARS requires a minimum of eight people total (including other campers) to serve breakfast.

Tahoe Whitewater Tours – Book your whitewater adventure for any day in April and receive $25 off per person on any full-day adventure, and $10 off any half-day adventure. Book any day in May and receive $15 off per person on any full-day adventure, and $7 any half-day adventure. Offer ends May 31.

Tributary Whitewater Tours – Save up to $30 off early-season rafting trips and trips starting at $78, plus 8 percent river use fee. The one-day full river trip has been the most popular trip so far this season – fast and fun.

Whitewater Excitement offers a variety of rates and discounts depending on group size and the day of the planned trip. 

And when booking your rafting adventure, don't forget to book your stay in one of these great Sacramento hotels.