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California whitewater, American River - Middle Fork

Placer El Dorado county, Oxbow Bend to Drivers Flat Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV(V+)     17 miles
  The Oxbow Bend to Drivers Flat Road stretch of American River - Middle Fork is 17 miles long and has been rated as a class II-IV(V+) section by American Whitewater. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Truckee-Grass Valley, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Sierra Nevada is a great experience. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make
    you glad you came. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too. Whether you're whitewater rafting
or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Oxbow Bend to Drivers Flat Road stretch is just one of them. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit  
away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The natural beauty of Placer/El Dorado County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at American River - Middle Fork there are plenty of folks from Greenwood, and do put some time aside to spend at Ruck-A-Chucky Rapids if you're here at American River - Middle Fork. Yep, outdoors fun things truly is plentiful here in the Northern Sierra Nevada. The Green Valley Trail offers hiking at its best, and when you're here it's always fun to pop by Auburn State Park.

American River - Middle Fork, Oxbow Bend to Drivers Flat Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near American River - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near American River - Middle Fork:
American River - Middle Fork, Placer / El Dorado County, 2 miles away
      Class I(II) - 7.1 miles long (former Greenwood Bridge to Mammoth Bar)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge to Ponderosa Way Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Adventures, El Dorado County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.8 miles long (Colfax-Iowa Hill Road to Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 8 miles away
      Class III+ - 15 miles long (Lotus Campground to Folsom Lake)
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Voyages, El Dorado County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Confluence with Middle Fork to Folsom Lake)
Bear River, Nevada / Placer County, 10 miles away
      Class II-V - 11 miles long (Highway 174 Bridge to Lake Combie)
American River - Middle Fork, Placer/El Dorado County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV(V+) - 17 miles long (Oxbow Bend to Drivers Flat Road)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 20.5 miles long (Route 193 to Folsom Lake)
 Ski Areas Near American River - Middle Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 40 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 43 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 43 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 43 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 47 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 47 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 49 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Homewood, California , 51 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Granlibakken, California , 52 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 55 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Marinas Near American River - Middle Fork:
Folsom Lake Marina, El Dorado Hills , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near American River - Middle Fork:
Sierra Sun Cloud Inn, Colfax , 9 miles away
Bella Vista Bed And Breakfast, Placerville , 9 miles away
Quality Inn Auburn - Foresthill, Auburn , 11 miles away
BEST WESTERN Golden Key, Auburn , 11 miles away
Super 8 Auburn, Auburn , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near American River - Middle Fork:
Sky View Terrace Mobile Home, Foresthill, 2 miles away
Auburn State Recreation Area - Ruck A Chucky, Greenwood, 3 miles away
Auburn State Recreation Area - Cherokee Bar, Cool, 3 miles away
 Trails Near American River - Middle Fork:
Green Valley Trail, Placer , 13 miles away, 2.8 hiking miles, 2371 feet elevation difference
Bake Oven Trail, Placer , 14 miles away,  9 hiking miles, 2032 feet elevation difference
Nevada Point Trail, El Dorado , 15 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 2771 feet elevation difference
Euchre Bar Trail, Placer , 16 miles away, 3.3 hiking miles, 1947 feet elevation difference
American Eagle Trail, Placer , 17 miles away,  1.8 hiking miles, 190 feet elevation difference
Italian Bar Trail, Placer , 20 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 2437 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near American River - Middle Fork:
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, California , 8 miles away
Auburn State Park, California , 11 miles away
Empire Mine State Park, California , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near American River - Middle Fork:
Raspberry Hill Public Golf, Auburn , 10 miles away
Winchester County Club, Meadow Vista , 11 miles away
Darkhorse Golf Club, Auburn , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near American River - Middle Fork
Lake Theodore, Placer , 8 miles away
Halsey Forebay, Placer , 10 miles away
Oxbow Reservoir, El Dorado , 10 miles away

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