CGA's Big Gay Pride Whitewater Weekend

Coloma, CA, USA

7 reviews
Jun 17 - 19, 2022
Group size: 12 - 55
CGA's Big Gay Pride Whitewater Weekend
Coloma, CA, USA

7 reviews

Jun 17 - 19, 2022
Group size: 12 - 55

About this trip

Join us for a very special, likely to become our FIRST ANNUAL Big Gay Pride Whitewater Weekend on the American River in Coloma, California approx an hour from Sacramento.

We have booked 60 spots with American Whitewater Expeditions and we will be taking over their Riverside Camping Resort June 17-19, 2022. This is right between Sacramento/LA Pride & SF Pride Weekends in heart of PRIDE MONTH! Bring your pride flags and let's do this!

Full details can be found on the CGA event page at 

Two-Day Rafting Options

Option 1:
Two Day Middle Fork & South Fork Chili Bar
Price: $335 per person
Class/Level: III-IV
Where: Day 1 (Sat) – Oxbow Bend to Greenwood Bridge on the Middle Fork.
Day 2 (Sun) – Chili Bar to Coloma on the South Fork
Trip length: 24 miles (18 miles on the Middle Fork and 6 miles on the South Fork)
This is arguably our most popular Middle Fork two-day trip. On this incredibly fun Middle Fork American white water rafting trip, you’ll raft the entire 18 miles of the scenic Middle Fork on the first day and then raft the fantastic 6 mile Chili Bar section of the South Fork. Between the trips, you will return to our deluxe campground where you can relax and make use of all the amenities and enjoy some hearty meals.

Option 2:
Two Day South Fork Trip Lower Gorge + Chili Bar
Price: $325 per person
Class/Level: II-III
Where: Day 1 (Sat) - Coloma to Salmon Falls on Folsom Lake.
Day 2 (Sun) - Chili Bar to Coloma
Trip length: 21 Miles
Your two-day South Fork American River rafting adventure begins the morning of your rafting trip with a hearty breakfast then, after an informative safety talk, you’re off to the river for a day of fun, laughter, excitement, and lots of exhilarating whitewater. The first few rapids you’ll encounter on the lower stretch are small but spirited and will allow you to practice your new paddling skills. Then a huge deli-style lunch to match those big, outdoor appetites will be set out for you by the side of the river. After lunch, we’re off to challenge “The Gorge” and experience the excitement of outstanding rapids such as Satan’s Cesspool and Hospital Bar. Just before you hit Folsom Lake our own Honda Jet Ski will meet you for the tow to the take-out at Salmon Falls – this way you avoid a 2-mile paddle out with a headwind. 

One-Day Rafting Options

If you are excited to hit some whitewater, but only want to commit to one day, we have chosen a single-day option that will add you in with everyone else on Saturday! This will allow you to relax and do other activities on Sunday.

Option 1 - $185: One Day Rafting Trip with Single Lunch & One Night Camping.
Option 2- $275: One Day Rafting Trip with all 5 meals & Two Nights of Camping, just like the two dayers are getting.

South Fork Lower Gorge
Price: See above
Class/Level: II - III
Where: Coloma to Salmon Falls on Folsom Lake
Trip length: 15 miles
If you are a first-time rafter looking to “test the water” or if you are simply looking for a great day out on the river, then rafting the American River’s Lower Gorge is the perfect trip for you. Our river camp and starting point of this trip are the highest on the river and therefore our Lower Gorge Day trip is the longest and best value of any white water rafting trip offered on the South Fork of the American River. This approximately six-hour whitewater rafting trip will give you plenty of time to relax, swim in the pools soaking up the sun, as well as enjoy fun Class 3 Rapids. Stop along the way for an hour to enjoy a hearty river lunch. 

Camping / Accommodation Options

As mentioned above camping is included in the base trip pricing. 2-day rafting includes 2-nights and 1-day raft trips include one night. We have made options on our registration page to add additional nights of camping. 


Rental Tents come with sleeping pads - Bring your own sleeping bags and pillow.

Tents are already set up for you when you arrive.
- Bring Your Own Tent & Gear

$30 - 4 Person Dome Tent (OK to rent as a single, or can choose to share if you'd like)

$50 - Single Spot in Large Tent Cabin with Cot & Sleeping Pad & Camp Chairs (Room for 4, but only shared with 1 other CGA member)

Camper Vans & RVs

If you would like to bring a Camper Van or RV, you will need to call American Whitewater Expeditions directly and book a spot in the RV section of the campground. There are very limited spots available. (530) 642-0804. Mention you are with the CGA group June 17-19. 


Meals on Sat & Sun are included (5 of them) with either of the two-day rafting trips or the 1-day rafting trip with meals! Additional food can be purchased at the camp store. They even have a bar with beer/wine and other items you may need.

Meals Included:
- Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

- Sunday: Breakfast & Lunch

Meals Not Included/Optional:
- Friday Dinner (See in the "options" area in the checkout process)

- Saturday BBQ Dinner (optional for a couple of packages only, please review your package for details, can be purchased separately in the "options" area)

Menus and Special Diets:

All meals are served buffet style. The staff does not serve specific menu items for those who may be Vegan, Gluten-free, or have other food allergies. Please plan on this before booking for arriving.

Standard Menu Items: Items can change*

Middle Fork Continental Breakfast
Bagels with cream cheese
Fresh fruit
Hard-boiled eggs
Coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, and hot chocolate

South Fork Hot Breakfast
Chef's choice for main breakfast item (normally French toast, pancakes, breakfast burritos, or an egg dish)
Bacon or sausage
Hash Browns or Country Potatoes
Fresh fruit
Bagels with cream cheese
Coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, and hot chocolate

Build your own deli-style lunch (Included with full-day rafting trips)
A selection of meats and cheeses
Sun-dried tomatoes
Artichoke hearts
Bell peppers
Peanut butter
Lemonade and water

Saturday BBQ Dinner:
*Chef's choice for appetizers
BBQ Chicken, Fish, and Steak
Corn on the cob
Grilled vegetables
Dinner rolls
Grilled potatoes
Brownie Sundae
Selection of beer and wine are included during dinner service 

Optional Friday Dinner: (6pm on Friday, pre-purchase required)
Chefs Choice Pasta Dinner with Meat Option and Vegetarian Option

Vegetable Sides

Variety of Drinks


Driving - For those driving, there is plenty of free open parking. We will create a group carpool list closer to the event.

Flying/Shuttle - $35pp: For those flying, AWE will be sending a shuttle to pick us up this has a cost of $35 per person and we need to have a minimum of 12 people. The shuttle pick-up time is 3:30pm. Be sure your flight arrives no later than 3pm. We will return on Sunday with arrival around 4:30pm. Plan departure flights after 5:45pm. We can always grab dinner together at the airport of you have a later flight.

Flights - Most of us are on the Southwest flight from LAX

Friday, 6/17/2022: LAX to SMF (Sacramento), Flight 2087, Departs 1:30pm, Arrives 2:55pm
Sunday, 6/19, 2022: SMF to LAX, Flight 733, Departs 5:50pm, Arrives 7:20pm

More details and updates will be shared on the EVENT PAGE on the CGA website

Non-Rafter Options:

Everyone is welcome! Non-Rafters can join in for Camping & Meals

Option 1 - $195: 2 Night Camping + All 5 Meals with Group
Option 2 - $110: 2 Nights Camping with No Meals. Saturday BBQ can be purchased below for $25.

What’s included

  • Whitewater Rafting
    2 or 1 Day Whitewater Rafting on the Middle Fork and/or South Fork of the American River
  • Camping
    2 Nights of camping the the South Fork American River Campground with showers, toilets., swimming pool, bar, store and more
  • Tents
    Tents can be included for an extra fee. (See options)
  • Meals
    Up to 5 delicious meals served by an awesome team
  • Experienced Guides
    Skilled and ready to provide safe outdoor fun and adventure
  • Airport Shuttle
    Included for an extra fee of $35pp. See details.
  • Tips
    Please remember to bring $$ for tips as guides live on their tips
  • Drinks
    Non-Alcoholic drinks, Beer and Wine is available at the camp store
  • Tents
    Tents can be included for an extra fee. (See options) Or bring your own!
  • Sleeping Bag & Pillow
    Make sure you pack your sleeping bag and pillow
  • Transportation
    Some will drive and some will fly. You will need to book your own flight or drive to the campground
  • Friday Dinner
    Can be purchased in "options" area. Will be served at 6pm on Friday.

Available Packages

2-Day Middle Fork & South Fork Chili Bar
Sold Out

Class/Level: III-IV
Includes 2 Night Camping & 5 Meals
Including the Saturday BBQ

Deposit: $75
2-Day South Fork Lower Gorge & Chili Bar
Sold Out

Class/Level: II-III

Includes 2 Night Camping & 5 Meals
Including the Saturday BBQ 

Deposit: $75
1-Day South Fork Lower Gorge with Meals
Sold Out

Class/Level: II-III
Includes 2 Night Camping & 5 Meals
Including the Saturday BBQ 

Deposit: $75

Available options

Camping: Bring Own Tent/Gear
Camping: Large Tent Cabin Spot
only 1 left
Optional Fri Dinner (Served at 6pm)
Airport Shuttle (Confirm Flight Timing)
Sold Out
CGA T-Shirt - L
CGA T-Shirt - S
Camping: 4-Person Pup Tent
20 left
RV Spot (Must Book with AWE direct)
Sat BBQ (Most Packages Include This)
CGA T-Shirt - XL
CGA T-Shirt - M


Day 1 - Friday
Arrival & Check-In

We will arrive in the afternoon on Friday and check into our already set-up tents with a nice dinner and fun around the campfire. We may even be able to take a swim in the swimming pool before dinner.

Your Organizer

California Gay Adventures
7 reviews
California Gay Adventures is a group of LGBT friends & straight allies throughout California who enjoy getting together for exciting events and adventures. We are not a tour company. We are a group of adventurers exploring and experiencing this BIG state, country, and world together... sometimes roughing it and learning from our experiences. Join us on an adventure! Thanks, Chris Kuwahara-Smith, Founder


Great first time for me. Fun meeting so many cool dudes out in the wild. ◡̈
By Jasön P for CGA's Big Gay Pride Whitewater Weekend on 22 Jun, 2022
Jason, It was awesome having you on the trip with us! I am glad you enjoyed the rafting trip. Hope to see you again soon.
By California Gay Adventures on 22 Jun, 2022
Had a great time camping and hiking.
By Matthew A for CGA Camps: Malibu & Point Mugu (June 2022) on 14 Jun, 2022
Thank you for the review! See you on the next adventure!
By California Gay Adventures on 15 Jun, 2022
Awesome. 300+ guys mostly from AZ, chill group. Fun in the sun all day on the lake and parties at camps along the beach at night. Will be making this an annual trip. Always done the 3rd weekend in May and Sept every year.
By David W for CGA Camps: Bartlett Bash in AZ (May 2022) on 31 May, 2022
Thanks for the review David! See you next weekend on our 4th of July adventure!
By California Gay Adventures on 22 Jun, 2022
This was my first CGA event and it was great. It was a wonderful way to spend part of the holiday weekend and I met some great guys. Thanks for a fun afternoon. Looking forward to the next one!
By Michael C for CGA POOL PARTY FUN(D)RAISER FOR ALC!! on 31 May, 2022
Thanks Michael! Looking forward to seeing you on a future adventure.
By California Gay Adventures on 31 May, 2022
So much fun! :D Yummy food and great company. Thank you Chris for always putting together such great outings. :)
By Kevin M for CGA Camps: Bartlett Bash in AZ (May 2022) on 25 May, 2022
You are welcome! Thank you for joining us.
By California Gay Adventures on 25 May, 2022
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