Hello Folks, only a few days till the 32nd annual; American River Festival Slalom races and FOR Gear swap! Come on up to the Nugget to watch, help judge or time or try your skills a little on the fun and challenging slalom course prepared by Keith Kishiyama!
Check out the event schedule here

This year’s event will be a smaller transitional one as we look to add new life to the Festival and new participants to the voices involved in moving the event forward. The event for 2013 will be scaled down as we make the transition, but there will be Slalom races  and the Annual FOR gear swap benefiting FOR. We were approached by and have been in discussions with other local event folks and members of the Coloma/Lotus community about a transition to a Spring event for 2014. Among other things this affords the possibility of refreshing the ARF  with new funding and sponsorship options, and inviting new volunteers and participants to the mix. We will post additional developments to this website as we have them. (<:

Thanks as always for supporting your local events and their sponsors as well as the beneficiaries we serve.

Big Thanks goes out to  and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) For promising great water flows for the Festival! We are guaranteed flows!

Hello Folks! We are excited to announce the 2013 32ndt Annual American River Festival. It’s amazing that festival has been going on since 1981 which truly shows the dedication our communities have in keeping it alive all these years.


The South Fork is located in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills, about halfway between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe. There will be fun for the whole family. Visit Coloma.com for local Accommodations.

slalom kayak race, American River Festival 2012 Happy whitewater rafter on the South Fork of the American River

Stay tuned for more information about the 2013 event, to be held September 7-8, 2013. Please contact us if you need more information or are interested in volunteering.

Please thank our past sponsors - we can’t do it without them!

Businesses, now is your chance to promote your products and services, and help sponsor the 2013 American River Festival!

American Whitewater

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