Middle Fork American River: Tunnel Chute 2 Day
(Class III, IV+ Whitewater)
• Historical Gold Mining Country •
• Exhilarating Legendary Rapids •
• Gorgeous Scenery •
• Delicious Lunch •
• A True Wilderness Experience Captured Over Two Days •
• Sleeping Under the Beautiful Star Lit Night •
We Spilt our 19 Mile Middle Fork American River into a two day excursion. splitting the distance into a two day event allows more time to experience the canyon the way it should be. Being able to learn and explore while spending the evening under the stars.
The Middle Fork
This wilderness 19 mile run on the American River offers some of the best summer long advanced white water 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. By changing the river, the miners created a wild whitewater rush for boaters to enjoy over a century later. This man made rapid makes this advanced run a trip you’ll never forget. 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. If time permits, lush creeks and side canyons offer a perfect side hike, transforming your surroundings into a cool lush Eden. 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 on the American River. 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.
Tahoe Whitewater guides are committed to showing the High Adventure Guest the wildest ride available on the North Fork. So be ready to get wet! The High Adventure Trips require a team effort; guests will be expected to exert high physical energy. If you are afraid to get wet, this is not the adventure for you.