Join us out on the river! Come raft or learn to guide.

 RaftiNG Trips
Rafting on the American River.
Rafting on the American River.

FOR offers two types of opportunities to come rafting with us.


Paddle to the Capital is a 6-day paddle-a-thon down the American River from Chili Bar to the confluence at the Sacramento River with trained FOR guides. This epic journey raises awareness and funding for our work to protect rivers.  The event ‘Points Positive’ to sustainable water solutions for California. Registration coming soon!

Coalition Trips

To foster collaboration, FOR’s guides lead trips in partnership with other organizations and decision makers who work to protect rivers. These trips connect the leaders to the magic of rivers and to each other.  Most trips are on the South Fork American River, however we make some excursions to other destinations as well. If you are interested in partnering with FOR to organize a Coalition Trip, please contact our Engagement Coordinator to learn more.

About Our Trips

FOR rafting trips are guided by trained volunteers usually rafting the Upper Section (Chili Bar) and Lower Section (Gorge of the South Fork American River.  Trips are usually on Saturdays and/or Sundays, however weekday trips are sometimes a possibility.  FOR offers share cost trips (covering user fees and lunch). Share cost does not cover the many other expenses (gas, wear and tear on gear, staff time, camping or travel). We encourage paddlers to consider supporting FOR as a way to deepen our impact.

Basic Guide Training 
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Get on the water! Learn how to guide with FOR.

Each year FOR trains new whitewater guide an 11-day training, typically held in June. No experience needed.

Learn how to read a river, maneuver a paddle boat, move and store gear, gain a background on water issues and the history of rafting on the American River.

To apply and read more…

Annual Gear Swap
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Gear Swap in full swing! Come find your favorite new river toy.

Fallen in love with rafting or kayaking and need some gear?  Join us to find some used gear to get you on the water!

Have some gear that needs a new home? Bring your gear to consign or donate it to FOR!

Held in early September each year at Henningsen Park Lotus Park. Contact the Event Coordinator for more information or to donate.

Float our boat!

You can help us keep our fleet floating by donating to the ‘Float our boat!’ Fund.

Quality and rugged gear last a long time, but the time has come to get a new boat as many retired this year.  If you had a great time with FOR, help us make it possible for other paddlers like you! NRS generous loaned us a demo boat for the season while we earn the funds.

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Rafting Resource Page

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