American River Whitewater Rafting with Peak Adventures


Welcome to Peak Adventures – your gateway to unforgettable American River whitewater rafting experiences! Located at California State University, Sacramento we offer fun, education-driven adventures on the stunning South Fork of the American River. Open to both university students and the wider public, our trips are all about enjoying the journey, not rushing to the destination.

a group of rafters on the south fork american river with peak adventures Whether you’re a first-time rafter or a seasoned pro, you’ll find our trips are carefully curated to offer an exceptional blend of thrill, fun, and natural beauty. Our experienced guides ensure you navigate the river’s exciting rapids while also imparting knowledge about the local environment, with a few nuggets of gold-rush history.

With us, white water rafting becomes more than just an adrenaline rush. It’s a chance to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature, bond with friends (old and new!), or even build stronger team dynamics with colleagues. We take pride in providing a wholesome outdoor experience that leaves our guests with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for the outdoors.

Look no further when trying a new outdoor adventure than with Peak Adventures! You are well taken care of by all of the trip staff & guides.

So come, escape the city hustle, and dive into an exhilarating adventure with Peak Adventures. Your journey of a lifetime on the South Fork of the American River awaits!


Whitewater Rafting

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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 & Sacramento State students get a discount! See why the South Fork of the American River is one of the country’s best rivers for recreation. Team building add-ons are available for professional groups!

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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* $100
Sac State Alumni, Staff, & Faculty* $130
General Public  $145

*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. Just a short drive from Sacramento and the Bay Area. Trip includes guides and all rafting equipment. Minimum age is 9.

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Take an Adventure of a Lifetime with Peak Adventures on the South Fork of the American River

What makes rafting with Peak Adventures different!

A group of peak adventures whitewater rafters sitting on the edge of a raft posing for a photo on the banks of on the south fork of the american river.

Looking to add a dash of adventure to your summer? The Bay Area and Sacramento region offer a myriad of outdoor activities, but none come close to the thrill and excitement of white water rafting on the South Fork of the American River. If you’re seeking an unforgettable experience, why not book a trip with Peak Adventures?

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Why we raft on the Lower South Fork of the American River

The gem of the Sierra Nevada foothills

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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!


Whitewater Rafting Pre-trip Information

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We are looking forward to having you on our trip! Below are a few details about rafting with us that you will want to look over to make sure you are fully prepared for your adventure.