American River Rafting Adventure
California Whitewater Rafting Trips
The Ultimate California Fun Adventure
for Ages 6 to 70+
Experience the fun and excitement of a California
adventure on the American River Whitewater Rafting. Good
times are guaranteed on and off the river. Meet other people
like yourself who enjoy being outdoors. Pursue your passion
of quality fun and outdoor recreation for you and your
- GO RAFTING!!!
The Best FUN Vacation Experience of your Summer.
Time and time again you will say American River Rafting
was the most fun you had all summer. Food never tasted so
good as after a day of whitewater rafting and the California
sunset couldn't have been more beautiful.
- Best family Whitewater Rafting trips in California
- Trips to fit any skill level or age group
- Experienced, patient and outrageously FUN guides
- Attentive, helpful and friendly office staff
- Beautiful scenery where gold was discovered in
- Camp on grassy sites near the American River
The Best Value on the American River
When you raft with American Whitewater you
know you are getting a top quality trip. Our guides are
super-competent, fun and friendly, our rafting equipment is
always new, our campsite is comfortable with clean restrooms
and free hot showers, and our menu is simply gourmet! With
three different rivers and three levels of adventure to
choose from, we can give anyone from ages 6 to 70-plus a
really good time American River Rafting.
28 Years of First
Class California Adventures
This year American
Whitewater Expeditions celebrates its 28th year as one of
the premier whitewater rafting companies in California on
the American River, providing over 201,000 rafters with a
first class trip. Our goal has always been to be that one
unique rafting company providing uncommonly good rafting
adventures that are exciting, relaxing and, most
importantly, lots of fun!
SOUTH FORK AMERICAN RIVER
April to September whitewater rafting from ages 6 to 86. The
South Fork of the American River will provide an exciting
and thrilling outdoor adventure for your family and friends.
All skill levels and abilities will enjoy this fun river
Water Rafting California's South Fork American River Click
MIDDLE FORK AMERICAN RIVER
End of May to September enjoy the Middle Fork American
River's beauty and pioneered by American Whitewater, just
for you. The ultimate in “Big Drops” the Middle Fork's
Tunnel Chute Rapid will make your heart pound.
Water Rafting California's Middle Fork American River Click
NORTH FORK AMERICAN RIVER
Spring whitewater rafting; April to May depending on the
snow pack in the Sierra. The North Fork American features
almost continuous technical class 4+ whitewater rapids and
one of the most scenic rivers in California.
Water Rafting California's North Fork American River Click
As the days slowly grow longer, brains are easily tricked
into thinking it’s springtime outdoors. But, as anyone
who steps outside unprepared will say, spring has
definitely not yet sprung.
So, what are parents to do as their children come down
with advanced cases of cabin fever and restless legs as
they’re just itching to go outside and play?
Here are some fun, easy (and inexpensive!) activities
appropriate for children in preschool all the way through
Whip up a batch of baking clay with ingredients found in
every cupboard. Make sure there’s an adult to supervise
the baking process, but let the kids get their hands dirty
mixing and painting their doughy creations.
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 to 1 cup cold water
2 tbsp. cooking oil
Mix and knead all the ingredients in a large bowl for
about two minutes. Have children mold the clay.
To bake: Place on a foil-covered cookie sheet. Prick
larger areas with a fork to speed up baking time. Bake at
300ºF for about one hour. Cool and paint.
Preserve by spraying with clear varnish, with adult
supervision, of course.
Coffee filter butterflies
Bring a little bit of spring indoors by making coffee
filter butterflies. Let kids paint colorful wings with
watercolor paints and hang around the house, or stick a
magnetic strip on the back and hang on the refrigerator
for a cheery paper holder.
Coffee Filter Butterflies
Round coffee filters (one per butterfly)
Black acrylic paint or markers
Watercolor paints or colored markers
Black pipe cleaner (one per butterfly)
Paint or color clothespin black. Fold the pipe cleaners
into “V” shapes the size you want your antenna to be.
Cut and glue the clothespins at the flat end.
Spray the coffee filters with warm water until they lay
flat but aren’t drenched. Dab the watercolors or markers
on the wet coffee filters. The colors will smear and run,
but that’s OK. This will create a pretty effect.
Once the filters are dry, gather in the middle and clip
with the coffee filter. Spread out the wings, and you have
a beautiful butterfly.
Be a star!
Have your children write a play or movie script and
perform it for you. Let them use any clothes and costumes
in the house to help spark their imagination, and even
offer to apply makeup on those who would like it. They can
even create sets and props from cardboard boxes and paper.
Have a special night where they perform for the whole
If writing’s not something your kids are into, but they
like to sing, get out the video camera and shoot your own
version of “American Idol.” No criticism or prizes,
Mystify your kids with this “rubber egg.” The vinegar
begins to dissolve the hardness of the egg shell, and the
longer you let it sit in the jar, the better it will
Jar or drinking glass
Put the egg in the jar and cover with vinegar. After about
two days, the outside will begin to feel like rubber.
Tornado in a bottle
Create a whirlwind of fun with a tornado in a bottle!
Two 2-liter plastic soda bottles
Fill one of the bottles with water. Turn the empty bottle
upside-down and place its mouth over the other bottle.
Tape the two mouths together.
Flip the bottles so the one filled with water is on top.
Swirl the bottles and set them on the table. Enjoy your
Head to the library
Consider scheduling a regular trip to the library. There
are tons of free books to read, and tregular story hours
Sacramento offers countless new and fun ways to bring out
the athlete in your child. For example, practice bike riding
or roller-blading on part of the smooth and safe, 26-mile
long American River Parkway; check out the
miniature golf courses, bumper boats, racecars and batting
cages at Scandia Family Fun Center; hit the bowling alley at
Country Club Lanes; beat the heat at Golfland/Sunsplash
Entertainment Park, where the whole family will love the
waterslides, Wave Pool, laser tag and arcade; explore Old
Sacramento on tandem and four-some bikes that are
big enough for the whole family; adventurous white-water
rafting trips are only a short distance away; and don’t
forget to cast your fishing pole into the
beautiful American River followed by a leisurely float
Just when you thought that the family activities
couldn’t get anymore exciting, the Sacramento Zoo,
Fairytale Town and Funderland in
William Land Park offer three more city treasures. The
Sacramento Zoo has been remodeled, expanded and now features
more than 400 animals, including 32 endangered or threatened
species, in a lush park environment. The Zoo has an intimate
quality that allows close observation and promotes
appreciation for animals and the earth’s ecology. Best of
all, the Zoo is the perfect size and presentation style to
hold the attention of even small children while impressing
visitors of all ages. Across the street, younger children
will feel transported into a dream world at Fairytale Town .
For 42 years, this unique setting has brought nursery rhymes
and fairytales to life with puppet shows, dress-up days,
group activities and scaled-down play lands. Visit with
Peter Rabbit and friends, meet kings and queens, ride giant
slides and enjoy the petting zoo. Or for good ole’
fashioned amusement park fun, head across the way to
Funderland, were kids can ride the dragon-coaster, teacups
and airplanes or all-aboard the Funderland Train.
This is only a sampling of all the great family
activities the area has to offer, so make your next trip to
Sacramento one the whole family will remember fondly for
years to come!