Since 1974, American River Raft Rentals Inc. has become the largest and most experienced rafting company in California offering self-guided raft trips on the lower American River. This class I-II river flows through the scenic American River Parkway. With all of the parkway’s natural beauty you would never guess you were just a few miles east of downtown Sacramento!

Because of our excellent location with convenient access to the American River Parkway and our spacious park, American River Raft Rentals Inc. is able to organize rafting trips for groups of any size. Our oak studded park offers picnic tables, running water and restrooms, all available for our customers.

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River Store

We sell sodas, snacks, sandwiches, suntan lotion, ice and other miscellaneous items for your summertime enjoyment.


On-Site Parking

We offer plenty of on-site parking. Parking is free for raft rental customers. American River Raft Rentals is not responsible for theft or damage to vehicles.


Shuttle Service

Our shuttle fleet returns you back to Sunrise. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Please check shuttle times before you go rafting.

Catered Trips

Catered & Group Trips

We offer services and group rates. Book your reunion, fundraiser, or team building event today!


Because of our excellent riverside location and two acre park, American River Raft Rentals, Inc. is able to organize rafting trips for groups of any size. Our oak-studded park includes picnic tables, running water, and restrooms, all available for our customers.

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Rafting Tips

Bring along a lunch in a small ice chest. Make sure to bring sun screen, sunglasses, snacks, beverages and shoes or sandals. Reservations are recommended for weekends and holidays.

Sacramento Area

Besides rafting the Lower American River, the Sacramento area has plenty to offer the out-of-towner. There are theaters, art galleries, night clubs, museums, "Old Sacramento", "Old Town Folsom", many fine restaurants, Raging Waters at Cal Expo, and of course, the State Fair in August.

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During our peak rafting season our rafts are photographed by a professional located near San Juan Rapids. Memories of your rafting experience will be made available for view and purchase the day after your trip. Share your high quality digital image with everyone in your group. Look for your time stamp after the rapid.


Current Conditions

# Latest News UPDATE! Due to water flows continuing to drop, we are closed for the 2021 season. We apologize for any inconvenience and would like to thank you all for an amazing summer! We look forward to having you back for a fun filled trip for summer 2022! Before arriving please watch this short orientation video:) **UPDATE!! We are open April 17th 2021! 7 Days a week! Please read the following carefully. We are enforcing the following restrictions:** • Guests MUST bring and wear a mask when riding the bus. NO MASK NO RIDE. • DO NOT tie rafts together • Please print safety waiver and obtain all participants signatures prior to arrival if possible • Weekend reservations are valid for a one-hour launch window The water is clean and safe for rafting. Visit the Sacramento Parks website if you would like confrimation Rafting participant's are required to sign a waiver before they go rafting, the waiver can be downloaded [HERE](/assets/downloads/ARRR_Release_and_Waiver_Agreement.pdf). Please bring the signed waiver with you when you come, this will greatly speed up the rental process. Follow us on Instagram! @raftrentals #rafting #summer #fun #americanriver #yellowrafts Always bring a towel and remember to shower, or at least towel off after you swim. We have been receiving a lot of questions regarding alcohol bans. Alcohol is banned on the river during holiday periods and at certain points along the river. Alcohol may also be banned in situations where large events are happening on the river, like "Rafting Gone Wild". For questions please visit Ready for a great time on the American River? The American River Parkway is the place to be for summer fun this year. Come join us for a fun filled drift down the river in a four to twelve passenger raft. You can make a reservation [here]( Look for us on [Facebook]( and [Twitter](!/raftrentals). Note: All alcoholic drinks are banned on the river for weekend holidays of Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.