About the Trip
The Lower Middle Fork American River is a beautiful, almost wilderness whitewater rafting trip approximately 15 minutes from Auburn, California. The river flows through the steep, rugged and forested canyons of the Auburn State Recreation Area. It is a great river trip for families with young children, older folks, or those with physical limitations. Inflatable kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards are available for the more adventurous river runners on this section of river as well. All Rise Up equipment usage must be accompanied by one of our guides.
The Lower Middle Fork American rafting trip is a relaxed, mellow section of river with great scenery and very little river traffic. The serenity of the foothill canyon makes it easy to forget that the hustle and bustle of society is just a few minutes away in Auburn, Ca. Very few people travel this river, offering the opportunity for more wildlife viewing. We often spot nesting ducks, deer, heron and jumping fish. When the timing is right, we get the added treat of stopping to pick the most delicious, juicy blackberries. We often stop at the beaches along the river for picnicking, playing around, or simply relaxing. If the group is interested, there is also a chance for a side hike up a shady creek to a beautiful waterfall. This river is a gem, though few outfitters offer this trip.
This trip is typically offered as a half day afternoon float. Our trips meet at 1 p.m. behind the Raleys grocery store parking lot on Lincoln Way in Auburn, Ca. It is a 20 minute drive from there to Drivers Flat put-in below Ruck- A- Chucky Falls. After some quick equipment preparations and a river safety talk, we are on the river between 1:30-2 p.m. We float 7 miles to Mammoth Bar enjoying easy rapids and the tranquility of just being on the river. We provide refreshments and a light snack to enjoy on the river upon request. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and beverage as well. If we enjoy all the river has to offer, we usually arrive to Mammoth Bar around 5:30 p.m. After unloading the boats, it is a short 15 minute drive on a paved road back to your vehicles, where we usually arrive between 6-6:30 p.m.