American River Recreation South Fork Whitewater Rafting Cam

American River Recreation South Fork Whitewater Rafting Cam

TroubleMaker - Up Close and Personal!

Check out the spectacular American River Recreation “South Fork Whitewater Rafting Cam” overlooking the storied TroubleMaker rapids. Aptly named for the trouble inflicted on unsuspecting rafters, the ARR web cam gives a glimpse of the adrenaline rush you will get when you raft the Chili Bar section of the South Fork American River with American River Recreation. And at just $63, it is the best deal on the river!

Don’t miss out on the Summer Season’s Ultimate Thrill. Call us today at 800-333-7238 to make your reservation!

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The Best Whitewater Rafting
Campground on the River Just Got Better!

Adventure by Day – Luxury by Night

Newly Remodeled Guest Cottages

Newly Remodeled Guest Cottages

Rivers Bend Resort, American River Recreation’s private riverfront campground on the beautiful South Fork American River just got better with newly renovated air-conditioned guest cottages for those who prefer indoor accommodations during their whitewater rafting adventure! In addition to the best riverfront camping accommodations, Rivers Bend Resort now offers 2 rooms with air-conditioning and fresh linens upon request.


The Suite

The Suite offers a luxurious queen size bed


You can now sleep in the lap of luxury by night, and experience the ultimate in outdoor adventure by day. The Suite offers one queen size bed, dresser and fine linens upon request sleeping up to two.

Bunk Buddies

Bunk Buddies - Just think of it as a sleepover!



Just think of it as a sleepover! Bunk Buddies features a bunk bed with full bed top and bottom
and optional bedding upon request sleeping up to four.



For more information or to book a room for your next American River Recreation
whitewater rafting trip, give us a call at 800-333-7238.


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Keep Rafting Fun by Being Safe this Summer

Safe and Fun Whitewater Rafting

California whitewater rafting can be fun and exciting for a range of ages and skill levels.  When choosing a commercial outfitter for your adventure, be sure to ask about guide experience and training levels, safety record and how long they have been in business.  Even though you are hiring a commercial outfitter for your trip, there are a few precautions you should take to ensure your whitewater experience is both safe and fun. Continue reading

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Whitewater Bed and Breakfast Locations

Lodging Best Picks for Whitewater Vacations

Rivers Bend Resort

Rivers Bend Resort

American River Recreation offers a variety of whitewater rafting trips including half, full and 2 day trips. Our 2 day adventures include accommodations on our private riverfront campground; Rivers Bend Resort.

Although camping is included in our overnight trips, space on our campground as well as dinner can be added to any trip reservation. Our guides are as skilled with the grill as they are in the water. Sit back, relax and socialize with guests while our ‘chefs’ prepare a full course meal for you practically tableside.

Our camping accommodations are some of the best in the area. However beautiful, sleeping under the stars is not for everyone. For those who prefer the indoors; we’ve made a list of a few in the area. Continue reading

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Whitewater Rafting and Yosemite in the Spring


Yosemite May 2010Yosemite National Park offers an abundance of activities for any outdoor adventurer.  Hikers, campers, climbers and nature lovers alike have no trouble filling a weekend in Yosemite.

Breathtaking all year around, but visit Yosemite in the spring and you can include rafting the awesome whitewater of the Merced River to your to-do list.  Our Merced whitewater trip typically runs from April to mid June.  This 18 mile stretch can vary from class III to class IV rapids depending when you visit.  With the massive amount of snow we’ve received over the winter, the Merced is sure to be an awesome ride this year. Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day 2011


It’s Earth Day!  You can take part by attending an Earth Day event your area.  Here are a few in the Sacramento and Sierra Foothills area.  These events benefit local organizations and offer fun, food and entertainment as well as opportunities to learn more about issues in your area and how you can help.

Earth Day Image

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day 2011 – Saturday April 23

Held in the Village at Squaw Valley, this non-profit volunteer run event fun, has live music and entertainment,  as well as information on how to preserve and protect our local and global natural resources.  There will also be free e-waste collection where you can bring your electronic equipment to be properly recycled. Continue reading

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Outdoor Activities for Kids during Spring Break

Spring break is in full effect, the kids are home and the sun is shining.  Well, most of the time anyway.  For some, getting  your kids to go outside a play can be a challenge.  We know it’s not easy competing with Facebook,  YouTube Videos or the latest Halo game but here’s a list of local things to do that may help.

The South Fork American with ARR

Junior Whitewater Rafting Enthusiasts enjoying a trip down the South Fork American

Go Whitewater Rafting!

Book a Half or Full day trip on the South Fork American.  Rafting season has begun in Northern California.  We have trips running daily on the South Fork.  Take the kids on a tour of Coloma or visit Historic Downtown Placerville.  Raft on Saturday April 23 and attend the 12th annual Coloma Easter Egg hunt! Perfect trip for families with younger children or teens.  Our full day trips include a great deli-style buffet lunch with homemade cookies!  More at our website. Continue reading

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Our ARR Family – Edison Xavier Poveda Rodriguez

This is the second post in our “Get to Know The ARR Family” series.   Each year we are blessed with an amazing team; everyone dedicated to making your trip the most memorable ever.  Each of our staff brings a wealth of experience and comes from all over the world to our little town of Coloma, California.   They’ve boated on the most challenging rivers in the US to Central and South America, Africa, Australia and everywhere in between and for the six or so months of the year that we call rafting season, these men & women call Northern California and American River Recreation their home.

ChamyMeet Edison Xavier Poveda Rodriguez, otherwise known to ARR as ‘Chamy’.

Chamy is our Ecuador native and rafter of over 16 years.  Prior to his arrival in the US, he guided not only in Ecuador but also in Venezuela, Columbia and Peru.  He came to ARR with an impressive collection of experience, rafting a variety of difficult yet beautiful rivers that include: the Pastaza in the Ecuador Jungle, the Jatun Yaku River also in Ecuador, the Rio Blanco and Colca Canyon in Peru.  Out of the water, Chamy guided combo trips that include canyoning in Ecuador’s El Kilo Canyon, as well as hiking and rock climbing adventures. Continue reading

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Laissez Le Bon Temp Rouler! – Mardi Gras in the Foothills

Check out our 5 great ways to dance, eat and drink in true Mardi Gras style!

Nevada City Mardi-Gras Parade

Photo Credit: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

19th Annual Nevada City Downtown Masquerade Ball, Parade & Street Faire. March 5-6. This is one of the largest Mardi Gras events in the area.  Saturday evening kicks of the celebration with a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball.  Advance tickets recommended, $10 advance, $15 at the door, available through the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce call 530.265.2692 or 800.655.NJOY.  The Ball isn’t the only chance to dress up.  Visitors are encouraged to wear their favorite Mardi Gras gear Sunday for food, crafts, clothes and more at the street faire on North Pine Street 11am – 4pm.  The Parade starts at 2pm, but arrive early to get the best spot.  Starting on Broad Street and going through the center of town.  Colorful floats and wonderfully decorated masked societies parade through the historic district handing out beads, toys, trinkets, bangles and more. For more info visit the Nevada City Chamber website. Continue reading

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Add Wine Tasting to your Next Rafting Weekend

El Dorado Wines

Fair Play Appellation

Fair Play Appellation*

When you think of California Wines, The Napa Valley may comes to mind for many of us, but while El Dorado County may be known for whitewater rafting and outdoor adventures, it’s also known for some spectacular and unique wines.  Before your next visit with us, be sure to add wine tasting to your must-do list. Continue reading

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