Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting


Rafting is the perfect Summer activity to beat the heat! Peak Adventures offers affordable white water rafting trips for groups or individuals. We are open to the public & Sac State students get a HUGE DISCOUNT! See why the South Fork of the American River is one of the country’s best rivers for recreation.


Whitewater rafting on the American River

California’s most popular river for whitewater rafting.



Beginner-friendly & exciting class III rapids

 1/2 day trip down “The Gorge” on the scenic South Fork of the American River

Includes guides, equipment, shuttle, & instruction



Pricing Price Per Person
Sac State Student* $80
Sac State Alumni, Staff, & Faculty* $100
General Public $105

*Proof of student, alumni, staff, or faculty status required for discount.

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No previous experience is necessary. Trip meets mid-morning at Camp Lotus, Coloma. Trip includes guides and all rafting equipment. Minimum age is 9.

Learn more about how we are navigating covid-19.

See you on the river!


More about the South Fork American River

Lower Section "The Gorge"

This classic section of the South Fork offers scenic views of the canyon walls with some wet and wild fun. Start on the milder class II section then paddle through class III rapids such as Fowler’s Rock, Satan’s Cesspool and Hospital Bar. A typical day on the gorge is approximately 3 to 4 hours on the water. Bring your friends along for an experience you won’t forget!

The Historic American River

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the American River flows through the heart of the historic Gold Rush. Remnants of this bygone era of California’s history can be seen as you float down the river if you know what to look for. Keep an eye out for eroded hillsides, rusty equipment, and building debris.

The headwaters begin high in the mountains before eventually flowing to the Sacramento River, the delta, and eventually the San Fransisco Bay. This river has shaped the landscape, by cutting through rolling hills creating gorges, canyons, and a dynamic landscape.


The meeting location is conveniently located just one hour east of Sacramento and three hours from the San Fransisco Bay area.

**NOTICE** Water flows in the South Fork American River result from releases from hydro electric facilities located upstream. Such water releases are not subject to the control of El Dorado County or commercial rafting companies operating under permits from the County of Eldorado.
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Whitewater Rafting COVID Q&A

What precautions are you taking?

Employee Screening– All raft guides will be vaccinated. All employees will monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms prior to their first trip. Employees will go through an appropriate screening process the day before work, and will have a thermometer on site to check temperatures. Employees who show any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to work until after the appropriate quarantine protocol is followed.

Guest screening has been enhanced to minimize participation by at-risk individuals, by individuals displaying COVID-19 symptoms, and by individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19. A temperature check will be taken upon arrival.

Transportation – Guests and employees will be required to wear a mask or face covering during transportation to and from the river. Our vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between uses.

Personal Protective Equipment– We will promote the use of personal protective equipment throughout our trips. We encourage our guests to bring their own masks/face coverings and hand sanitizer to utilize during the trip. We will not be requiring masks to be worn on the river due to safety concerns.

Hygiene – Employees and guests will be encouraged to wash their hands throughout the day and will have access to hand sanitizer.

Physical Distancing– We will be practicing physical distancing when possible. This will be focused on especially during the pre-trip meeting, safety talk, and PFD fitting.

Sanitation – We will increase our commitment to maintaining a clean environment and to reducing the spread of viruses and germs during our trips. Special attention will be paid to sanitizing gear between trips, sanitizing vehicles between uses, and sanitizing commonly touched surfaces and equipment between uses.

Employee Training– All our guides have current First Aid/CPR/AED certifications, COVID-19 prevention training, and many have Wilderness First Aid/Responder training. In addition to these certificates, our staff will receive additional training on protocols to follow in case health issues arise.