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Address: 5981 New River Road, Coloma, CA 95613
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+1 800-825-3205
11:00 - 17:00
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American Whitewater Expeditions is the premier whitewater rafting company...

American Whitewater Expeditions is the premier whitewater rafting company in California on the American River, providing rafters with first class trips since 1980. Our goal has always been to provide high quality rafting adventures that are exciting, relaxing and, most importantly, lots of FUN!The American River has become a popular destination for whitewater rafting enthusiasts in California. Due to their close proximity to several major California cities including San Francisco, San Jose, Fremont, Sacramento, Reno, and South Lake Tahoe, rafting on any one of our guided trips is an exciting vacation option.American Whitewater Expeditions offers fun and relaxing trips forindividuals, families, friends, and groups of all sizes. With three different rivers and three levels of adventure to choose from, we can give anyone from ages 6 to 106 a really great time whitewater rafting on the American River.

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An unforgottable tour with an awesome guide

Just good memories about the tour. Well organized, prepared guides, cool route. Thank you all, mainly our tour guide, Liz. One of the best days of the year ;)

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Just good memories about the tour. Well organized, prepared guides, cool route. Thank you all, mainly our tour guide, Liz. One of the best days of the year ;)

Thank Petra G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

First time whitewater rafting and first time camping with our child. Our guide Brian was excellent. The rapids were exhilarating and we were well taken care of with breakfast, lunch, dinner. Our site was set up the night before our first outing. The service was outstanding, Jody is a great cook and the grounds had an activity for everybody! There... More 

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Saratoga, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I did quite a bit of research before booking our whitewater rafting and when we decided to camp the night before I chose this company because I thought it would provide a less 'rugged' experience, a more comfortable camping trip as advertised on their website with words such as 'deluxe campground" and "newly renovated restrooms and showers". So, we went... More 

Thank IlariaK
Ventura, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

This was my family's first attempt at river rafting and it was awesome. The Middle Fork all-day expedition is just right for the adventuresome athletic beginner or intermediate rafter. There are just the right amount of calm waters, turbulent waters and in-between waters. Our guides were Matt and Brian, and they were fabulous. They were both experienced and confident instructors/guides.... More 

Thank Loves-A-Deal-2-Eat
Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

We (family of 3) took the half-day lower Gorge express trip during July and can only confirm that all is as advertised - slow and meallow start with plenty of opportunity to swim and meet new friends that share your boat. Guides are very experienced, usually having rafted several other rivers as well and slower periods between rapids are bridged... More 

Thank Bernhard E
Palo Alto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

We think we lucked out as our guide as exceptional! It's hard to find a group activity for 32 people but this one hits the spot. Our guide rated us with expertise and humor and we are already planning next Summer's visit there again.

Thank Meredith M
Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

We went on a 1 1/2 day expedition. First day the lower part of the South Fork (started right after Troublemaker) and ended near the dam. Second day started near the Chile Bar dam and ended with Troublemaker. We had 2 very experienced guides 10 year+ (Michelle and Gustavo). They know their guiding, they have tons of stories and made... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

My wife wanted to go river rafting for her birthday. I had been on the South Fork of the American River years ago with my daughter. It is fun but not very exciting if one is more of the adventurous type. I had booked the Middle Fork and it was the perfect balance of excitement and relaxation. We would pass... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

We did the whole South Fork of the American River with the very capable guide Jay. Our raft was filled with three kids and three adults. The river featured many exhilarating rapids. Jay added lots of extra thrills with Zen Rafting, African Style, Splatting, Boofing, 360s and backwards rafting. Not once did we feel "at risk". All of the guides... More 

Thank StuHermosaBeach
Burlingame, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

I was extremely scared going into this excursion. I was with a group of 6 (4 have rafted before). Anxiety creeped in the minute I heard the river. I have a fear of water when I can't see the bottom. Luckily, the majority of the ride was over comforting shallow enough water. Eli was our guide and he was great.... More 

Thank M W

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