American Whitewater Expeditions, Coloma

California's Best Whitewater Rafting Value on the American River

American Whitewater Expeditions grew out of a passion for taking adventurous people down rivers back in the late 1970’s. We have evolved from a small company into what we are today - the highest quality and most fun rafting company on the American River.

Our rafting and adventure trips reflect what we are passionate about. To date we have taken over 300,000 people down the American River and with 85% of our clients returning year after year, we must be doing something right! Many clients have expressed their amazement that a rafting trip entails so much more than just going down a river.

Rafting has long been plagued by the myth that it is dangerous, extreme and only for adrenaline junkies. Rafting is our profession, so we take it seriously. We are serious about safety, about good food, good times and very serious about fun! Our biggest safety feature are our world-class, certified, professional guides – you will appreciate the difference that they make especially with great attitudes and lots of character! We have an exceptional safety record on and off the river, and we like keeping it that way.

We have three different rivers and three levels of adventure to choose from. We offer trips to suit all ages and abilities - it is not about fitness, it is about fun. Our youngest clients are the 6 year olds we take every day on the South Fork, and our most mature was a 76 year old on the North Fork!

This year American Whitewater Expeditions celebrates its 35th year as the premier whitewater rafting company in California on the American River. If you have been with us before, we look forward to seeing you again, if you have never been with us before, then come check out why were are the best. If you have never rafted before, we guarantee you will have a ton of fun and keep coming back for more! See you on the river…
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  • Our family had an amazing trip with our guide Sparkle! He has been a whitewater guide in eight countries and his experiences are fascinating. We were amazed when Sparkle and a few other guides...  more »
  • We had an amazing experience with American Whitewater Expeditions. This was due to the exceptional staff and the great facilities - and mostly our guide Jessa (Jessica)!!!!! Wow! She was...  more »
  • We only did the one day trip, but it was great! The rapids were great, it was really cold first thing in the morning because they have you start early so you are the first group on the river. About half way through you stop for lunch, which was really good! Then you start on the river again and by then it is warmer and the water doesn't feel as cold. This was a great company to work with, they keep it fun while also making sure you are safe the whole time. The guides are very experienced (some have 28 years of experience!) and entertaining to ride with. Well with thw money for this great adventure!
  • I've booked a return trip. Excellent trip and excellent outfit. Lead guide Matt was a bit of a grumpy pants but a solid guide. Very accommodating in every respect. Would be a five, but the transport van's seat belts are not maintained and not available in every seat.

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