Whitewater Rafting on the American River

Middle Fork of the American River

Middle Fork of the American River

When I told people we were going whitewater rafting over the Labor Day weekend, their first response was, “is there enough water?”  As you probably know, California is in a serious drought.  While we have guiltily enjoyed beautiful sunny day after day, our reservoirs and lakes have gotten lower and lower.  

Got a little wet on that one!

Got a little wet on that one!

Just another day in paradise!

Just another day in paradise!

The short answer to whether there was enough water for rafting down the American River was, “Yes.”  The reason why is a bit more complicated.  You see, much of our electricity is generated through hydroelectric dams along our waterways.  Since water needs to be flowing through the dams to create the energy, the thoughtful people at our public utility coordinate the flow of this water so that the rafting companies can count on an exciting whitewater experience.  Since we got started at the right time, we enjoyed class 3 and 4 rapids (with names like “Hospital Bar,” and “Satan’s Cesspool,”) versus what would’ve been a leisurely float (with some occasional raft dragging) if we hadn’t “caught the water.”

Hospital Bar

We used Whitewater Excitement for our amazing two-day experience down the Middle and South Forks of the American River.  Our guide, Jordan, was everything you’d want him to be; experienced, trustworthy, fun, and slightly devious.  He kept us all safe, but I’m also pretty sure I heard him giggling whenever we took a face full of water.

Jordan doing a victory yell while bringing us safely down the most dangerous rapid of the day

Jordan doing a victory yell while bringing us safely down the most dangerous rapid of the day

 

California proving once again to be one of the most amazing places on earth!  

We Lived!

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