Whitewater Excitement

Whitewater Excitement is a family owned and operated company based on the beautiful banks of the South Fork of the American River in Coloma, Ca. The owner, Norm Schoenhoff, started WWE in 1978 with 2 rafts, a pickup truck, and an unparalleled love for the California rivers. His drive to share that passion with others has created a group of the most loyal guests and guides in the industry.

Excitement's experienced guides skillfully navigate the various forks of the American River, as well as the Merced River, to offer a range of whitewater from mild to wild. Cool off and relax on the hot summer evenings with a sunset adventure on the class II Confluence run, bring the whole family to splash through the rapids on the class III South Fork, brave the chutes and drops on the class 4 Middle Fork all summer long, or really get your adrenaline going with the raging class 4+ spring rivers, the North Fork and Merced. Whatever your adventure level, they'll help find the perfect trip for you!

They offer from 1/2 day up to 3 day trips, with a private campground to relax at in the evenings and state-of-the-art bathrooms, a volley ball court, calm eddies to swim in, a camp store for all those necessities, and cabin tents for those who want all the comforts of home while sleeping in the outdoors. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, they are also one of the few companies that runs an overnight wilderness trip on the Middle Fork of the American...it is a few less rapids per day, but the hikes are incredible and camping out under the stars in the gorgeous canyon is breathtaking. No matter what trip you pick, their staff will spoil and stuff you with their savory meals, while entertaining you with stories, history lessons, and plenty of jokes!

Whitewater Excitement runs trips from March-October.


Latitude: 38.818454 Longitude: -120.92961 Elevation: 708 ft
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