River Sections for White Water Rafting on the Middle Fork American River
Tunnel Shoot / Oxbow Powerhouse Run
This Class IV run covers 16 miles of the Middle Fork of the American River and is offered as our Ruck-A-Chuck California Rafting Trip.
After an early morning start, we kick things off with a Class III rapid just yards from the put-in. After a few more rapids to get us warmed up to rafting, we hit some more challenging and visually impressive rapids including Tunnel Chute Rapid. After a number of large rapids we get a bit of a break as we float down intermittent class II rapids for the next 9 miles, rest, have lunch, and get to know each other better.
After a time of relaxation, we’ll jump back in to some more Class IV rapids in quick succession be before calling it a day and heading back home. Middle Fork American river rafting is best for those that have recent rafting experience, or adventurous first timers. This whitewater rafting trip is a full one day rafting experience.
Here are some of the larger rapids
- Good Morning (Class III)
- Carl’s Crash (Class III)
- Santa’s Mustache (Class III)
- Last Chance (Class IV)
- Tunnel Chute (Class IV)
- Cathedral (Class III)
- First Flip (Class IV)
- Thread the Needle (Class III)
- Three Queen’s (Class III)
- Kanaka Falls (Class IV)
- 9 miles of calmer water and various smaller river canyon hikes
- Chunder (Class IV)
- Ruck-A-Chucky Falls (Class VI – portaged)
- Cleavage (Class IV)
- Parallel Parking (Class IV)
- Driver’s Ed. (Class II)
- Catapult or Final Exam (Class IV)
- Pop Quiz (Class III)