For $60, today's side deal gets you one South Fork American whitewater river rafting day trip with W.E.T. River Trips (a $119 value). Groupon customers will take on the Chili Bar Run, which launches daily at 9 a.m. from Camp Lotus (about an hour drive from Sacramento). The 10.5-mile river trip, which includes lunch, takes around six hours. Check the calendar for available dates, and book your trip via email. There are no rafting trips on Wednesdays.
Ride the symphony of whitewater along the South Fork American River, home to such notorious Class III Odyssean obstacles as the Meatgrinder, Racehorse Bend, and Troublemaker Rapid. While these rapids would challenge a battery of wizened barracudas, they remain splash-friendly enough for rafters of all skill levels. To break up the trip, the group stops for lunch, where rafting veterans clink cups together in an effort to understand the waters they conquer by imbibing the liquid's molecular equivalent.
W.E.T. River Trips has been nautically navigating the mighty whitewaters since 1978, which means most guides know the rivers they raft upon like the backs of their ever-moistened hands. All of W.E.T. River Trips' staff has at least two years of rafting experience, with some guides floating 25 years under their belt. Paddlers ages 8 to 18 (or 12 to 18 during high flows) must arrive armed with a parental release form to join the ongoing splash-off with Mother Nature. Here's a handy list of how to prepare for your trip and what to expect.
South Fork American river trips run mid-March through October. Must be 18 years or older to purchase.
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W.E.T. River Trips
Founded in 1978 out of a love of the plentiful whitewater rafting around Sacramento, W.E.T. River Trips has been outfitting rafters and leading trips continuously for the last 34 years. They maintain a ratio of one guide per six to eight guests on their trips to ensure less crowded boats and to make each trip more intimate and personal. W.E.T.'s tours explore more than 18 rivers' rapids ranging in difficulty from Class II to V. Trips often include camping, meals, river stories, and musical entertainment provided by the staff.