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2014 California River Rafting Season Update [MAP]: Eight Rivers We’re Rafting This Year

April 21st, 2014 Malina
spring rafting map

We’re getting a LOT of questions about what kind of impact the drought is having on California rafting trips in 2014.  Let’s clarify the matter:  we have plenty of water for great rafting trips this year because of upstream reservoirs.  Our handy-dandy map shows you when and where all our rivers are running this season. […]

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UPDATE: Rim Fire’s Impact on California Rafting [MAP]

August 28th, 2013 Jamie Low

UPDATE: (8/28/2013) Not only are we running trips on the South and Middle Forks of the American River, but we are also running guided rafting trips on the Goodwin Canyon run of the lower Stanislaus River in late October. This post and the map have been updated to reflect this. Wondering how the American Fire […]

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South Fork River Clean Up August 21st

August 19th, 2013 Malina

The South Fork American River Clean Up The last time you rafted the South Fork did you think “this is great but I would also love to diddle daddle in the calm sections, explore the rocky shore and investigate around tree trunks and boulders…..and I’d like to do it while riding a dolphin or on an inflatable […]

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Local Produce featured on South Fork American River Trips

August 9th, 2013 Malina

Not only is AO Rafting based in the Golden State–the heart of fruit and vegetable production in the United States–but we our main operations is in El Dorado County, which is rich in All Things Agricultural. So, it occurred to us, why are we not using more locally-grown fruits and vegetables on our river trips? Hopefully this program will grow […]

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Do you want some Fritos with your Chili Baker rapid?

July 25th, 2013 Malina

One of my favorite summer memories is when someone came into our River Office asking about where to find pictures from the best rapid of the day, the famous “Chili Baker” on the South Fork of the American.  Oh man.  It was a good one…..combining “Chili Bar” the put-in location on the upper section of […]

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Terror near the BBQ

July 18th, 2013 Malina

You know, the scariest (in a good way of course) part of your rafting trip really should be the moment just before you head into a long rapid like Meatgrinder on the South Fork or when you feel like you’re going to drop off the face of earth when you hear the “get down” command […]

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American River Music Festival 2013

July 16th, 2013 Malina

 Oh Miley Cyrus–yes, it’s your party and you can do what you want to, but I just can’t stop wanting to hear some real old-fashioned music.  You know, with people who can sing (sans Auto Tune) and people who can play instruments, maybe people who are not lip-synching but actually performing live, right there in front […]

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South Fork Farm!

July 3rd, 2013 Malina

We here in our Lotus River Operations office (ie HQ for AO Rafting) have a new neighbor just up the road!  South Fork Farm at Wakamatsu.  This organic 10 acre farm is located on the historic site of the 19th century tea colony of Wakamatsu.  Yes, that’s right, a tea colony during the Gold Rush.  […]

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After Rafting Hang Out in Lotus-Coloma

August 29th, 2012 cameron

The bus rattles to a stop back at the All-Outdoors parking lot along the South Fork American River. Taking a deep yawn you stretch your limbs and climb out of the bus into the bright sunlight. You say a last goodbye to your guide. It’s sunny. The day seems like it’s only half over, like […]

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Apple Hill Opens this Weekend

August 27th, 2012 Malina

Rafters headed to the American River take note–Apple Hill opens this weekend.  Soooo….if you’re rafting on the South or Middle Fork of the American River think about maybe adding a day to your trip and spending a day on the water and a day exploring the ranches, orchards and wineries of Apple Hill, which is […]

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