The Coloma Shuttle is a private boater shuttle service on the South Fork of the American River, funded by a grant from the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District.  It is a program of the South Fork Arts and Recreation (, a nonprofit art, music, recreation, and community development organization.

Our shuttle schedules are arranged so that you can eliminate the hassle of “the shuttle” out of your day and the carbon monoxide out of the environment. To read more about the Shuttle program and our mission click here.

Updated 2023 COVID-19 Guidelines

In developing operational guidelines for the 2023 season we are implementing many of the recommendations of the CDC, medical professionals, the State of California, El Dorado County, and adopting many of the emerging common practices of the transportation & outdoor industry as it responds to COVID-19. Accordingly, we will no longer require riders to wear masks, but we do still highly encourage their use. Masks will be available for riders who would like to use them. See our COVID-19 Guidelines for more information.


    whitewater rafting on the South Fork of the American River


    Whether you are here boating just for the day or camping at one of the many campgrounds here in the Coloma Valley, leave the driving to us. During the season we run 6 days/week, and you can choose from several different pickup and drop-off times and locations.


    Your daily membership fee of $10 per person includes a seat on one of our 14-passenger air-conditioned vans. Each van hauls a trailer rigged to convey your boats and gear safely from one of our many shuttle stops to your destination.


    In need of a little help in organizing your drop-offs and pickups? Have a large group and need a private shuttle? We are always happy to help you get on the road. Please call us at 530-303-2404 or email us with any requests or questions you may have.

    Reservations Recommended

    Ready to book your seats for Chili Bar or the Gorge? We strongly suggest reservations as our shuttles fill-up frequently throughout the season.

    Check the Flows

    Make sure you’re not going to get in over your head or be left high and dry. Check the flows before you head to the river. Dreamflows will give you the latest information. Or you can check out the California Data Exchange site for CFS  releases listed every 15 minutes.

    Thank You!

    We couldn’t do it without you! We appreciate your business and welcome your suggestions. Thank you for making the Coloma Shuttle program a success. We look forward to shuttling you through the Coloma and Lotus Valley.