[VIDEO] South Fork American at Higher Flows – An Old Favorite, A New Experience

Posted June 6, 2023 by Jack Armstrong: grandson of founder George Armstrong
View time: 1.5 mins

In years with well above average snowpack, the volume of water running through the river increases during the spring and early summer, changing not only the rapids, but also the overall rafting experience. You may have rafted this river in the past, but listen as some of our returning guests talk about what makes the South Fork American a new river after a snowy winter.

Our guests say it best!

“This year is a special year. These kinds of flows on the South Fork… I’ve never seen anything like this.”

“It’s just amazing to see a lot of the technical features that are usually characteristic of this particular stretch basically just submerged underwater. It’s very high speed!”

“Water level was high, it was bouncy and fun. We had a great time.”

“This is our third time on the river. We were a little bit worried about the river and the volume of water after all of the rain and snow we’ve had this season, but it was absolutely fun! 100%! And it felt safe.”

“I find it super fun and exhilarating. I definitely wouldn’t be afraid of going rafting this year or any year to come.”

“Maybe you’ve done the South Fork before but this year is different, so you want to give it a shot!”

Get more insight about All-Outdoors experience rafting in years with abundant snowpack:
[VIDEO] Whitewater Pros: Big Snowpack Leads to Epic California Rafting

Author Bio

Jack Armstrong

Jack grew up 35 minutes from AO headquarters, and is the grandson of our founder, George. His education includes a film degree and art studies from Biola University, as well as lots of experience breaking camera gear outside. After graduating college, he started an outdoors/action sports focused production company and is largely responsible for our video, photo, and social media content. Jack’s favorite trip is the Cal-Salmon, because of the river’s awe-inspiring beauty and the sweet rapids. When he’s not rafting or playing with cameras, Jack can be found skiing, surfing, visiting art galleries, or eating tacos.


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