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“Everything beginning with our guide to the instructions to the white water rafting California experience, lunch on the river was perfect. Our guide, Sara, was a delight, and made us feel comfortable and safe. Everyone laughed, shared jokes and learned a lot about the history of the area as well as the wildlife inhabitants. A total LOAD of Fun.”
RR Tracy, CA
Since 1978, Norm and the staff at Whitewater Excitement have made the continued improvement of our trips our number-one priority. You’ll appreciate our 5-Star, best-in-class guarantee of customer service, the way we keep our staff trained and well-informed, and the fact that our American River rafting campground facilities are continually upgraded. We are also constantly adjusting the menu in order to provide you the finest and most delicious food anywhere. This truly is a California river rafting vacation that everyone will love.
Here at Whitewater Excitement our goal is for our guests to have the most enjoyable and exciting adventure vacation possible. We offer trips on four of California’s most stunning rivers: The South Fork American, Middle Fork American, North Fork American, and the Merced. We understand that there are numerous choices for California rafting tour operators. Choose Whitewater Excitement, you’ll be glad you did!
Whitewater Excitement was born during a yearly trip during the season-end of the Rogue River. As I was sitting with a group of my friends around the campfire one evening, we began talking about how much we all loved rafting in California. Someone said that we should form our own California river rafting company and show people the American River ourselves. As the conversation went on I became very excited about the idea even though for everyone else it was a mere fantasy. For me it was something far more.
I first heard about California River Rafting when I was 16 years old and was reading a publication about adventurers seeking new excitement. In it there was a story about some people who were taking on the rapids of the South Fork of the American. It gave a description of the trip, the river and the rapids. After reading that I decided that if someone else was doing it, then I could.
In May of 1972 I gathered up some friends and we began our American River Rafting adventure. From the first moment I saw the South Fork of the American River I knew this was the start of good things to come. That feeling of adventure, fear, excitement and challenge is still with me some 30-plus years later.
It is my hope to share this feeling with the people who raft with Whitewater Excitement. Taking a person who is entirely new to river rafting, and who is actually quite scared, and having them say that at the end of the trip, “Wow, are we done already? I need more rapids!” is all the reward I need. Sharing the excitement of rafting, and the beauty of the river canyon, is what I want Whitewater Excitement to be about.
While driving back from an American River rafting trip with a group of guests not unlike the one the day before or the day before that, a conversation began with a couple of the guests. One man said that this trip was truly the most exciting thing he had ever done in his life. The other man agreed and said that he had dreamed of a weekend like this for the last five years. They both added that this was the first time in nearly that long they had had time to laugh, relax, and spend quality time with their wife and children. The feelings of stress he had carried with him for so long was gone. This really moved me, and continues to today.
He has rediscovered his wife and kids and now remembers what is really important in life. Whitewater Excitement is directly responsible for making peoples’ lives better. I often think to myself, “YES! This is what it is all about.” Removing people from their stressful working lives and putting them in a situation where they can relax and experience new challenges and excitement!
American river rafting in California and Whitewater Excitement is about sharing adventure and helping our guests experience things they would not normally experience on their own. It is about more than the rivers, white water rafting, and wild rapids (however, these are the paths we use), it is about sharing ourselves and sharing experiences with people we do not yet know, but who we will know after a very short time.
Come share American River rafting in California and Merced River adventures with us at Whitewater Excitement!
Opening Season March 9
New 2013 WWE Kayak School
1 FREE with each 6 Rafters. Pay for 5 and the 6th is free.
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Groups of 12 more
receive our best discount!
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50% Off Kids (16 and under) with each full paying adult on Weekday South Fork - 2 Day, Gorge, and Half Day Trips.
Use Online Code: FAMILY