Riverside Memorials & Services

We offer serene and private spaces to honor the life of your loved ones on the South Fork of the American River. Many people have some of the best moments of their lives in the dreamy landscapes of Gold Country, and we believe many would choose to be remembered in this idyllic, serene and radiant setting as well. Our timeless setting offers the perfect ambiance for remembering your loved ones; sandy beaches, flowing river cascades and natural landscapes abound.

Our helpful staff can assist you with the reservation of an outdoor river side, river view, pond or meadow location for your ceremony. We also offer a rentals including chairs, banquet tables, and round tables depending on your needs. If you have many attendees who are traveling to the area, we also offer lodging at our resort.

Our staff is happy to provide you with referrals to local florists, caterers, music disc jockeys, bands, photographers or any other related services which may prove helpful to you. Our goal is to make your celebration or ceremony as stress-free and memorable as possible.

For pricing, questions or information on reserving your space for ceremony, please contact our office at: info@americanriverresort.com or 530 622 6700

Please enjoy these eco-friendly ideas which you can incorporate into your ceremony:

Monarch Butterfly release: Our environment hosts showy milkweed, pacific aster, lomatium, wild violet and several other flowering plants or shrubs, which offer a native breeding and migration habitat for monarch butterflies. You can find several companies which offer butterfly release, such as the company Swallowtail Farms.

River Rock Remembrance: Choose rocks from the river bank and have everyone write down a memory of your departed loved one. Exchange rocks with each other and read them aloud, place them around the world, in your homes or gardens after the ceremony.

Favorite Food Buffet or Cookbook: Offer a catered party which serves up the favorite food fare of the departed. A cookbook with recipes and photos of the loved one in the kitchen or with family makes a wonderful memento as well.

Private River Rafting Trip: Choose one of our guided tours of the river with your party members. We offer it all from mild to wild – choose an intense rapid challenge or a float down the gorge for a memorable outing with your group. River rafting is a great opportunity to create new memories and honor your loved one by coming together “in the same boat”. Rafting trips can be arranged by calling us or with American Whitewater Expeditions.


“Few cross the river of time and are able to reach non-being. Most of them run up and down only on this side of the river. But those who when they know the law follow the path of the law, they shall reach the other shore and go beyond the realm of death.” – Horace, Roman Poet, 65 – 8 BCE