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California whitewater, American River - North Fork

Placer county, Tadpole Creek to Euchre Bar section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     12.3 miles
  The wonderful California scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The Tadpole Creek to Euchre Bar section of American River - North Fork in California is 12.3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater
    to be a class IV-V section. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Truckee-Grass Valley, there's a road map further down the page
with more info on that. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. The wild scenery of the Northern Sierra Nevada is great. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. If you hurry you can run this stretch in  
a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike along the Italian Bar Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. Government Spring is always fun to check out; you could always discover Italian Bar. This is such a great river. While you're here at American River - North Fork you can take a hike along the Burnett Canyon Trail, and Corral Spring is a magnificent local attraction.

American River - North Fork, Tadpole Creek to Euchre 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 - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near American River - North Fork:
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12.3 miles long (Tadpole Creek to Euchre Bar)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14.5 miles long (Euchre Bar to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada/ Placer County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 7.5 miles long (Cisco Grove to Spaulding Reservoir)
American River - Middle Fork, Placer County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.1 miles long (Mosquito Ridge Road to confluence with Middle Fork)
American River - Middle Fork, Placer/El Dorado County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV(V+) - 17 miles long (Oxbow Bend to Drivers Flat Road)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Washington to Edwards Crossing)
Fordyce Creek, Nevada County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12 miles long (Fordyce Lake to Lake Spaulding)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Sierra/ Nevada/ Yuba County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 22 miles long (Plumago Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada/ Placer County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.2 miles long (Kingvale to Cisco Grove)
Rubicon River, Placer/ El Dorado County, 18 miles away
      Class V - 20.3 miles long (Ellicott Bridge to Ralston Afterbay)
 Ski Areas Near American River - North Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 20 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 22 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 23 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 24 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 29 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 29 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 29 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 35 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 35 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 37 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Hotels Near American River - North Fork:
Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City , 16 miles away
Sierra Sun Cloud Inn, Colfax , 21 miles away
BEST WESTERN Stagecoach Inn, Pollock Pines , 24 miles away
Nevada City Inn, Nevada City , 26 miles away
BEST WESTERN Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near American River - North Fork:
Italian Bar, Emigrant Gap, 1 miles away
Mumford Bar on River, Emigrant Gap, 3 miles away
Tunnel Mills Ii - Tahoe National Forest, Nevada City, 3 miles away
 Trails Near American River - North Fork:
Italian Bar Trail, Placer , 1 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 2437 feet elevation difference
Burnett Canyon Trail, Placer , 2 miles away, 1.1 hiking miles, 753 feet elevation difference
Mumford Bar Trail, Placer , 2 miles away, 5.1 hiking miles, 3289 feet elevation difference
American Eagle Trail, Placer , 4 miles away,  1.8 hiking miles, 190 feet elevation difference
Beacroft Trail, Placer , 6 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 2690 feet elevation difference
Euchre Bar Trail, Placer , 6 miles away, 3.3 hiking miles, 1947 feet elevation difference
Mears Lake Valley Trail, Placer , 6 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 863 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near American River - North Fork:
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 20 miles away
Tahoe National Forest, California , 24 miles away
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, California , 26 miles away
 Lakes Near American River - North Fork
Lake Valley Reservoir, Placer , 7 miles away
Kelly Lake, Placer , 8 miles away
Rucker Lake, Nevada , 8 miles away

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