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California whitewater, American River - Middle Fork

Placer El Dorado county, former Greenwood Bridge to Mammoth Bar section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I(II)     7.1 miles
  If you're coming from Sacramento—Arden-Arcade—Roseville it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of American River - Middle Fork in California is 7.1 miles long and is a class I(II) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside California you might find the rivers here
    a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. The
beautiful Northern Sierra Nevada scenery is an added bonus. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the former Greenwood Bridge to Mammoth Bar stretch is just one of many. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The beautiful scenery  
of Placer / El Dorado County and the water flowing gracefully down American River - Middle Fork beats anything. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Auburn State Park is a perfect location to stretch your legs a bit, and if you want to check out some attention-grabbing stuff, check out Long Point. If you want a pleasant time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Northern Sierra Nevada. At American River - Middle Fork you always meet someone from Cool. Places like Marshall Gold Discovery State Park are perfect to explore; while you're here, you might as well pop by Sardine Bar.

American River - Middle Fork, former Greenwood Bridge to Mammoth Bar 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, 3 miles away
      Class I(II) - 7.1 miles long (former Greenwood Bridge to Mammoth Bar)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Confluence with Middle Fork to Folsom Lake)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge to Ponderosa Way Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Canyon Raft Rentals, Placer County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Sierra Outdoor Center, Placer County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 8 miles away
      Class III+ - 15 miles long (Lotus Campground to Folsom Lake)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Adventures, El Dorado County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.8 miles long (Colfax-Iowa Hill Road to Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Voyages, El Dorado County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Bear River, Nevada / Placer County, 10 miles away
      Class II-V - 11 miles long (Highway 174 Bridge to Lake Combie)
 Ski Areas Near American River - Middle Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 45 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 47 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 48 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 48 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 51 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 52 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 53 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Homewood, California , 56 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Granlibakken, California , 57 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 60 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Marinas Near American River - Middle Fork:
Folsom Lake Marina, El Dorado Hills , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near American River - Middle Fork:
Quality Inn Auburn - Foresthill, Auburn , 6 miles away
BEST WESTERN Golden Key, Auburn , 6 miles away
Super 8 Auburn, Auburn , 7 miles away
Red Lion Inn & Suites Auburn, Auburn , 7 miles away
Powers Mansion, Auburn , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near American River - Middle Fork:
Auburn State Recreation Area - Upper Clementine Access, Applegate, 2 miles away
Auburn State Recreation Area - Cherokee Bar, Cool, 2 miles away
Auburn State Recreation Area - Ruck A Chucky, Greenwood, 2 miles away
 Trails Near American River - Middle Fork:
Green Valley Trail, Placer , 17 miles away, 2.8 hiking miles, 2371 feet elevation difference
Bake Oven Trail, Placer , 19 miles away,  9 hiking miles, 2032 feet elevation difference
Nevada Point Trail, El Dorado , 19 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 2771 feet elevation difference
Euchre Bar Trail, Placer , 20 miles away, 3.3 hiking miles, 1947 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near American River - Middle Fork:
Auburn State Park, California , 6 miles away
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, California , 9 miles away
Folsom Lake State Park, California , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near American River - Middle Fork:
Raspberry Hill Public Golf, Auburn , 6 miles away
Winchester County Club, Meadow Vista , 6 miles away
Darkhorse Golf Club, Auburn , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near American River - Middle Fork
Lake Theodore, Placer , 4 miles away
Halsey Forebay, Placer , 5 miles away
Lake Combie, Placer , 7 miles away

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