With the last month of summer upon us, what better way is there to soak up the sun and stay cool than rafting down the American River? If you’ve already got your own raft and life vests, you’re good to go, but if you’re like me and you lack these items, there are plenty of local companies that can help you out. When my friends and I hit the water on the 13th, we’ll likely go with American River Raft Rentals in Rancho Cordova. It ends up being about $16 per person for the rental, and they’ve also got a $5 shuttle that will bring you back to your car at the end of the day.
From my research, that’s the most basic of the rafting companies out there, so if you’re interested in a more hardcore rafting experience, American River Recreation, W.E.T. River Trips and All-Outdoors offer trips along different parts of the American and other rivers in the area for differing skill levels.