Archive for the 'South Fork American' Category


Hospital Bar Rapid: Class III

August 24th, 2012 cameron

Hospital Bar is a fan favorite, class III rapid on the Lower “Gorge” Section of the South Fork American River. It caps off an awesome day of whitewater, and, as people are quick to notice, it lives up to its name (it doesn’t send you to the hospital, it’s just really fun). So here’s how […]

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Rafting Amongst Family and Friends

August 22nd, 2012 cameron

Trips with family and friends are fun. There’s a boat (or maybe two) of you floating down the river, splashing around, laughing through rapids. But what happens when you get the whole clan together? This past weekend a group of 30 lively folks (all friends and family) booked a charter trip with us down the […]

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Got to the South Fork Too Early? Not a Problem

August 20th, 2012 cameron

You’ve done all the planning just right. You booked your rafting trip on the South Fork American River. You printed directions and packed up the car the night before. You even left yourself an extra 45 minutes of drive time just in case there is traffic…and there was no traffic. So now your 45 minutes […]

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Grandparent-Grandchildren Rafting Combo

August 15th, 2012 cameron

I think that adults remember their grandparents in snapshots. When I think of my dad’s father, I see him after his stroke; thin, frail, confined to a wheelchair. I see my dad’s mom, graying, stressed, a bit short tempered. I forget that I knew them before that, when they were healthier and more full of […]

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How to Pack for your Multi-Day River Trip

August 10th, 2012 Malina

Leave the 10 person tent, head-to-toe mosquito netting, and battery-operated blender at home people–packing for a multi-day river trip starts with thinking “less is more.”  For starters, we provide you with most of the infrastructure you need–all your on-river gear, kitchen supplies and food.   If you want some **adult bevvies** you’re welcome to bring them, […]

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Weddings and Events on the South Fork American River

August 3rd, 2012 Malina

Obviously our first order of biznass is rafting trips.  Fifty years doing it and all that.  But we love love too!  And our River Center Property!  If you’re “in the same boat,” so speak, and you’re looking for a place to make it all official, you should know that we host weddings here in the […]

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South Fork American River Clean Up Today! Thank You!

July 23rd, 2012 Malina

Ever wonder what happened to that tube of sunscreen that rocketed out of your zinc-coated hands and flew into the bushes just above Satan’s Cesspool, or where your camera that you swore you had securely tied to the boat  ended up at the end of the day as you took out Folsom Lake after a day rafting the South […]

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Mid-Season Flow Update for California Rivers

July 16th, 2012 Malina

It’s misdummer and although free-run rivers are down to a fish-flow trickle there are still plenty of options for California River enthusiasts.  Here’s the low-down on your current options  from mellowist to maximum gnarl: Super chill:  The section of the South Fork of the American that runs through the Coloma-Lotus Valley is a gentle class […]

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AO Family Rocks the South Fork

July 12th, 2012 Malina

This past weekend we saw more Armstrongs than Napa has wine grapes:  it was the annual Armstrong/Angeli Family Reunion hosted here at our River Center on the South Fork of the American River.  Four generations–from age 3.5 to 88!–, 50+ people and one tiny dog (Jack,  AO Founder George’s long-haired Chihauhua!) rafted the South Fork […]

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The Magic of the Overnight River Trip

July 10th, 2012 Malina

The Huz-band and I recently got away for a little overnight excursion and I was reminded of the power a wee vacay can have.  Don’t get me wrong–I love an adventure of any size, but if you can swing spending the night and waking up somewhere new……..it’s exponentially better.  So yes, a day trip down […]

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