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California whitewater, American River - North Fork

Placer county, Confluence with Middle Fork to Folsom Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     3 miles
  This section of American River - North Fork is 3 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Sacramento—Arden-Arcade—Roseville, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The nature scenery of California and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. This is a pretty short section so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the
    river in one stretch. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. No need to look hard for hotels, but you'd better reserve
in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. When you're paddling down a Northern Sierra Nevada river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California are harder  
than the national norm, so keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving.

Briefly about the general area:
A trip to Folsom Lake State Park when you're here at American River - North Fork is never a bad idea, and if you're going to from Auburn, you won't be the only one. All year is a delightful time in the Northern Sierra Nevada if you love the outdoors. Going to Auburn State Park near American River - North Fork is a good thing to do, and Tamaroo Bar is in the vicinity, and is a great site. At this river you will always have a good time. Pointed Rocks is something you shouldn't miss if you're here at American River - North Fork.

American River - North Fork, Confluence with Middle Fork to Folsom Lake 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, 1 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Confluence with Middle Fork to Folsom Lake)
Whitewater Outfitter - Canyon Raft Rentals, Placer County, 1 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Sierra Outdoor Center, Placer County, 1 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
American River - Middle Fork, Placer / El Dorado County, 9 miles away
      Class I(II) - 7.1 miles long (former Greenwood Bridge to Mammoth Bar)
Whitewater Outfitter - Black Bear Outdoors, Placer County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 11 miles away
      Class III+ - 15 miles long (Lotus Campground to Folsom Lake)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Adventures, El Dorado County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Voyages, El Dorado County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge to Ponderosa Way Bridge)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.8 miles long (Colfax-Iowa Hill Road to Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near American River - North Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 51 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 54 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 54 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 54 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 58 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 58 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 60 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Homewood, California , 62 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Granlibakken, California , 63 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 67 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Marinas Near American River - North Fork:
Folsom Lake Marina, El Dorado Hills , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near American River - North Fork:
Powers Mansion, Auburn , 1 miles away
BEST WESTERN Golden Key, Auburn , 2 miles away
Super 8 Auburn, Auburn , 2 miles away
Red Lion Inn & Suites Auburn, Auburn , 2 miles away
Quality Inn Auburn - Foresthill, Auburn , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near American River - North Fork:
Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn, 2 miles away
Bowman RV Park, Auburn, 2 miles away
Auburn KOA Kampground, Auburn, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near American River - North Fork:
Auburn State Park, California , 1 miles away
Folsom Lake State Park, California , 9 miles away
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, California , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near American River - North Fork:
Raspberry Hill Public Golf, Auburn , 3 miles away
Black Oak Golf Course, Auburn , 4 miles away
Winchester County Club, Meadow Vista , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near American River - North Fork
Halsey Forebay, Placer , 4 miles away
Lake Theodore, Placer , 5 miles away
Lake Combie, Placer , 6 miles away

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