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O.A.R.S. American River Day Rafting

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Address: 7330 River Park Dr., Lotus, CA 95651
Phone Number: +1 530-626-5600
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American River whitewater rafting for over forty years. Based out of Lotus...

American River whitewater rafting for over forty years. Based out of Lotus on the South Fork of the American River, O.A.R.S. offers American River white water rafting near Sacramento & Lake Tahoe. Trip options include half day and one day rafting adventures from easy to extreme on the South Fork American, Middle Fork American and the North Fork of the American River in northern California.Recognized by National Geographic Adventure as "The Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth," O.A.R.S. sets the standard in first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport adventures throughout North America. O.A.R.S. caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with experienced, professional guides and top notch equipment. Ideal for family adventure vacations and quick weekend escapes.

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Craig & Shane are awesome! Great trip. Lifetime memories.

We booked the last weekend of the season and it was AWESOME! I was worried about it being cold, but OARS provided us with splash jackets and optional wetsuits, and we were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 October 2016
Julie G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We booked the last weekend of the season and it was AWESOME! I was worried about it being cold, but OARS provided us with splash jackets and optional wetsuits, and we were perfectly comfortable. They even upgraded us to the platform tents, since we were the only residents there that weekend. The staff was amazing. Our guide's name was Shane... More 

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Thank Julie G
OARS_Rafting, Guest Relations Manager at O.A.R.S. American River Day Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Julie, Thanks for rafting with O.A.R.S. and for reviewing your adventure on TripAdvisor. We're glad you enjoyed your trip! More 

Winters, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I had an amazing day rafting on the Middle Fork of the American River. My guide was Gavin, and he was awesome! He was very knowledgable about the river, and let us know exactly what to expect (and what to do in case something went wrong) before each rapid. Gavin expertly navigated us through the bigger rapids as we were... More 

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OARS_Rafting, Guest Relations Manager at O.A.R.S. American River Day Rafting, responded to this review

Hi lfilarsky, Thank you for reviewing us on TripAdvisor and for choosing O.A.R.S. for your Middle Fork American River rafting adventure. We're happy you enjoyed your trip with Gavin! More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I was a bit nervous at first because they have you wear helmets and go over all the things that can go wrong before you head out into the water. But once we got going, I knew I was safe and ended up having a wonderful time! Our guide Chelsea was confident and gave great instructions and she steered the... More 

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Thank TalfromLA
OARS_Rafting, Guest Relations Manager at O.A.R.S. American River Day Rafting, responded to this review

Hi TalfromLA, Great to hear you enjoyed your rafting adventure with O.A.R.S. Thank you for reviewing us on TripAdvisor! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

My family of four camped at OARS and ran the river from Coloma to Folsom Lake, with Gina, a guide for 12 years. We had great fun. The camping area was thoughtful. The prep/orientation video was smart. Equipment was good. And Gina's commentary and guidance added great value and a number of good laughs. The lunch was seasoned by outdoor... More 

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OARS_Rafting, Guest Relations Manager at O.A.R.S. American River Day Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Suburbadad, We're happy to hear you enjoyed both camping and whitewater rafting with us! Thanks for choosing O.A.R.S. and for reviewing your adventure on TripAdvisor. More 

Arroyo Grande, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Fantastically Fun, exhilarating, playful and welcoming describes my experience with O.A.R.S. staff and Whitewater rafting trip! What a great way to get back into the river after 19 years of being away from it all. I was nervous about a trip down the American with my child, but wanted to share this with him. Our guide Tanner, was a combination... More 

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Thank SeaweedSara
OARS_Rafting, Guest Relations Manager at O.A.R.S. American River Day Rafting, responded to this review

Hi SeaweedSara, Thank you for choosing O.A.R.S. for your whitewater rafting adventure and for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor! Great to hear you enjoyed your day with Tanner! More 

Pewaukee, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Having been whitewater rafting before, we anticipated having a lot of fun. But we all agreed that this trip topped our rafting list. Satan's Cesspool was the highlight, but all of the rapids on the 2nd half of the South Fork were tons of fun. We got plenty wet in the boat and loved that guide Chelsea was very willing... More 

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OARS_Rafting, Guest Relations Manager at O.A.R.S. American River Day Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Nilder, So good to hear you had a fun time on your South Fork American River rafting trip with us! Thank you for choosing O.A.R.S. and for the nice review. More 

California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Two of my friends and I booked a rafting/ camping trip with OARS as a girls' weekend. Two of us had rafted before, one was new to it. We booked camping Friday and Saturday night with the rafting on Saturday. Rafting: We did the one day South Fork gorge, which was from 10:30 am to about 5 pm and consisted... More 

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OARS_Rafting, Guest Relations Manager at O.A.R.S. American River Day Rafting, responded to this review

Hi beachgirl2525, Great to hear your girl's weekend with us on the South Fork American was so much fun! Thank you for sharing your experience with others and for giving us a 5 rating! More 

Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

We took a 2 day trip - South Fork/Middle Fork Combo - down the American River. The trip was awesome! We have 2 college kids and were looking for something everyone would enjoy - this was definitely it! The first day was the South Fork... Our guides were great, the food was good and the entire day was enjoyable. There... More 

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Thank JudieI559
OARS_Rafting, Guest Relations Manager at O.A.R.S. American River Day Rafting, responded to this review

Hi JudieI559, Thanks for spending some family time rafting on the American River with us; we're happy to hear you enjoyed your adventure! We appreciate you taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. More 

Cupertino, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Another great trip with O.A.R.S. on the South Fork of the American River. Our river guide, Gavin, introduced himself and became familiar with our family of five. He was experienced and personable and made the trip a memorable experience. The 3 kids, 11, 13, and 15 had a great time with a mix of rafting, swimming in flat water, and... More 

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Thank Sharon W
OARS_Rafting, Guest Relations Manager at O.A.R.S. American River Day Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Sharon, Thanks for choosing O.A.R.S. as your family's go-to rafting company and for the 5 review! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

We booked well in advance of our trip and had a lot of time to review the video they emailed us detailing safety procedures and techniques. This gave us a lot of time to dwell on the what-ifs and dangers and were we really stupid for taking kids that young on the river? We got to Coloma resort and spent... More 

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Thank Stephanie D
OARS_Rafting, Guest Relations Manager at O.A.R.S. American River Day Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Stephanie, Thank you for trusting O.A.R.S. for your family's first rafting adventure on the South Fork American River. We are happy to know you enjoyed the day with Otto and are planning to come back again. Thanks for the TripAdvisor review! More 

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