Rafting in Auburn


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  • Mariah Wilderness Expeditions
    Donna Hunter started whitewater rafting as a hobby, but after spending 15 years as a social worker in San Diego, she was drawn back to the river as a career. With a few friends for support and a goal to start a rafting-adventure company, she went to night school and honed her business skills. Today, with some of her staff boasting more than 20 years experience leading tours, Donna orchestrates trips down various forks of the American, Merced, Kings, and Tuolumne Rivers to pit participants against rapids as high as Class V. Certified guides lead these tours in Hyside self-bailing rafts and inflatable kayaks, with some rafts holding up to eight people. Wilderness guides also connect their guests with civilization, often combining rafting excursions with wine tastings and trips to local vineyards. On these overnight trips and other multi-day rafting excursions such as family gold-panning trips, they build relationships with their guests, garnering a clear idea of their paddling skills and the amount of time they've spent practicing in their washing machine. The company?s camp boasts tent cabins?with names like Eagle's Nest and Falcon's Nest?which populate riverside clearings between picnic tables, swimming holes, and volleyball courts. A camp shop prepares guests with river gear, and hot-water showers let them wash off river water. When not seeking action on the river, staffers organize camp entertainment, such as live music, games, and visits from a local gold panner who demonstrates his craft.
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    6500 California 49
    Lotus, CA US
  • Mother Lode River Center
    At Mother Lode River Center?s 19-acre riverside camp, wooden bridges and river-stone paths crisscross beneath the shade of heritage oaks. For 40 years, the staff has upheld a mission of conserving this verdant expanse along the American River through recreational and educational programs. Leading half- and multiday whitewater-rafting trips on the South, Middle, and North Forks, guides ride with paddlers into Class III and IV+ rapids. Back on land, Mother Lode's team helps guests overcome real and perceived barriers through obstacles on the ropes course. Practicing what it preaches, the center adheres to sustainability practices such as heating water using solar energy, operating vehicles that run on 100% waste vegetable oil, and letting wild tents forage freely on the campgrounds.
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    6280 Golden Chain Hwy.
    Lotus, CA US
  • Whitewater Connection
    Whitewater Connection's team of veteran rafters leads thrill seekers on a variety of rafting trips that range in intensity, from lighthearted excitement to hair-raising heroics. Traversing the Kaweah, Upper Klamath, and other rivers that stretch across California, turbulent excursions wind past verdant hills and distant mountains over the course of swift half-day trips or epic three-day adventures. In addition to its stable of sturdy rafts, Whitewater Connection stocks a full selection of rental gear to outfit rafters for their journeys, including wetsuits, meals for full-day trips, and camping gear for diverting snooping grizzly bears.
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    7237 Golden Chain Highway
    Coloma, CA US
  • Current Adventures Kayak School
    Dan Crandall is well versed in kayaking activities from the mild to the wild. As the co-founder of Current Adventures Kayak School & Trips and a well-respected figure in the kayaking community, Dan has been navigating the rivers, lakes, and oceans in and around Sacramento for more than 20 years. Along the way, he and co-founder Colleen McKinnon have assembled a crack team of instructors who lead whitewater, calm water, and sea kayaking trips for novices and more experienced kayakers alike. For instance, the Learn to Kayak trip offers an easy introduction with an excursion to scenic Lake Natoma, while the four-day Rogue River whitewater trip provides 34 miles of challenging liquid terrain.
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    1032 Lotus Road
    Coloma, CA US
  • Peak Adventures
    Day hikes can cover a variety of locales around the Sierras, including Woods Lake and Grouse Ridge. The basic mountain bike trip can be tailored to both those newly liberated from training wheels and experienced shredders. Those with tenacity to spare (kept in extra jars) might consider joining the Cult of Rock Octopus with the basic rock-climbing course, where they'll find a fittingly challenging introduction to entry-level techniques, knot tying, and belaying (intermediate climbers will have plenty of time to play and build upon their pre-existing skills). Check Peak Adventures' calendar to reserve the next time that works for you, and the friendly adventure specialists will add more excursion dates to accommodate a high volume of Groupon customers.
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    6000 J Street
    Sacramento, CA US
  • Lake Berryessa Boat & Jet Ski Rental
    In Focus: Lake Berryessa Boat and Jet Ski Rental Location: the shores of Lake Berryessa, which span 167 miles Rentals: pontoons, waverunners, paddleboards, wake boards, kayaks, and fishing boats Weather: approximately 15 degrees warmer than Napa on average, and as much as 30 degrees warmer than San Francisco Depths: up to 260 feet at the dam Flora: oaks and pines dotting large, dune-colored hills Fauna: salmon, trout, bass, catfish, chinook, and king fish Amenities: picnic areas, swimming beaches, and plenty of lengthy side-channels for anglers
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    7521 Highway 128
    Napa, CA US
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