Middle Fork American River: Tunnel Chute (Class IV+ Whitewater)

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  • Day Trip
  • E-Ticket
  • 7 hr

This wilderness whitewater run offers some of the best-advanced whitewater in the state. Rapids start out from the get-go, as boats soar over the beautifully quartz-lined river bed. Within the first mile and a half, you’ll run one of the biggest rapids of the day, the legendary “Tunnel Chute”. In 1889 gold miners blasted out this chute and tunnel in order to mine the pre-existing river bed. This rapid makes this advanced run a trip you’ll never forget. Halfway through, the river slows down creating perfect opportunities to swim, play games, and absorb the warm summer sun as your guides fix a gourmet lunch on a sandy beach. The trip ends with more high adventure rapids as the river gradient steepens for an exciting finish. Steep drops await, technical boat maneuvering is a must, as you and your crew jet through the rapids. Don’t hesitate to come on this classic California whitewater adventure. You’ll be glad you did. - If looking for an exciting wilderness experience look no further!

Itinerary Details

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This wilderness 17 mile run offers some of the best summer long advanced whitewater in the state. Rapids start out from the get go with a fast splashy rapid called “Good Morning”. Rapids continue as the boats soar over the beautifully lined river bed filled with white quartz veins slicing through grey granite and dark limestone. Within the first mile and a half of the trip you’ll run one of the biggest rapids of the day, the legendary “Tunnel Chute”. In 1889 gold miners blasted out this chute and tunnel in order to mine the pre-existing river bed. Halfway through the trip, the river slows down creating perfect opportunities to swim, play games, and absorb the warm summer sun as your guides fix a gourmet lunch. This high adventure trip is catered to guests looking for a little more action. Due to the nature of the trip, children must be 13 years old and strong swimmers to participate. Don’t hesitate to come on this classic California whitewater adventure. You’ll be glad you did.

Duration: 6 hour

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Our trip begins in the historic gold rush town of Auburn. Many shops, restaurants, and attractions are within walking distance of our meeting location. Auburn offers a perfect location to grab food and supllies before and after our rafting adventure.

Duration: 20 minutes

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Towards the end of the rafting adventure, we experience a truly unique geological rock formation in the river. A massive granite shelf cutting through the river forms a rock dam, holding up the river. The guides assist you in walking around this formation, while also maneuvering the boats through.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: American River

This river is a one-of-a-kind river, littered with California Gold Rush history!

Duration: 5 hour
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