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California whitewater, American River - South Fork

El Dorado county, Strawberry to Kyburz section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     9.6 miles
  The Strawberry to Kyburz stretch of American River - South Fork in California is 9.6 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Gardnerville Ranchos, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. Getting a good workout and just being
    out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. 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 beautiful Northern Sierra Nevada scenery is an added bonus. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often more challenging than in other states, so don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This river system is full of great  
paddling stretches, the Strawberry to Kyburz stretch is just one of them. The wonderful El Dorado County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around American River - South Fork; Windmiller Trail is a good local trail. You'll meet a lot of folks from Kyburz here, and American River - South Fork is right next door to Emerald Bay State Park which is a picturesque place. This river has so much to offer. The Red Peak Trail offers hiking at its best, and you unquestionably must check out Eldorado National Forest while you're here.

American River - South Fork, Strawberry to Kyburz 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 - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near American River - South Fork:
Silver Creek - South Fork, El Dorado County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Atherton Flat to Ice House Reservoir)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.6 miles long (Strawberry to Kyburz)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 9.6 miles long (Kyburz to Riverton)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Riverton to Peavine Ridge Road)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Amador/ Calaveras County, 18 miles away
      Class III-V - 14.8 miles long (Close to Bear River to Tiger Creek Afterbay)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.4 miles long (Peavine Ridge Road to Forebay Road)
Rubicon River, Placer/ El Dorado County, 21 miles away
      Class V - 20.3 miles long (Ellicott Bridge to Ralston Afterbay)
Camp Creek, El Dorado County, 23 miles away
      Class IV+ - 10.1 miles long (Fleming Meadows trailhead to Happy Valley Road)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Alpine/ Amador/ Calaveras County, 26 miles away
      Class V+ - 24.9 miles long (Route 4 Bridge to Salt Springs Reservoir)
Stanislaus River - North Fork, Calaveras/ Tuolumne County, 26 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Board's Crossing to Calaveras Big Trees)
 Ski Areas Near American River - South Fork:
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 9 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Kirkwood, California , 12 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Homewood, California , 17 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Bear Valley, California , 20 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Granlibakken, California , 20 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 20 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Heavenly, California , 21 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 22 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 27 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 29 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
 Marinas Near American River - South Fork:
Fallen Leaf Marina, South Lake Tahoe , 11 miles away
Richardson's Resort and Marina, South Lake Tahoe , 15 miles away
Camp Richardson Marina, South Lake Tahoe , 15 miles away
Meeks Bay Marina, Tahoma , 15 miles away
Bear River Lake Resort, Pioneer , 16 miles away
 Beaches Near American River - South Fork:
Baldwin Beach, El Dorado , 13 miles away
Lester Beach, El Dorado , 14 miles away
Calawee Cove Beach, El Dorado , 14 miles away
Kiva Beach, El Dorado , 14 miles away
Pope Beach, El Dorado , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near American River - South Fork:
Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Kirkwood , 12 miles away
Tahoe Valley Lodge, South Lake Tahoe , 17 miles away
Inn By The Lake, South Lake Tahoe , 19 miles away
Beach Retreat And Lodge At Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe , 19 miles away
Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge And Spa, South Lake Tahoe , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near American River - South Fork:
Thirty-nine Mile Campground, El Dorado County, 1 miles away
Pyramid Campground, El Dorado County, 2 miles away
Eagle Rock Campground, El Dorado County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near American River - South Fork:
Windmiller Trail, El Dorado , 4 miles away, 2.9 hiking miles, 1011 feet elevation difference
Red Peak Trail, El Dorado , 8 miles away, 6.5 hiking miles, 1766 feet elevation difference
Highland Trail, El Dorado , 10 miles away, 8 hiking miles, 2237 feet elevation difference
Sun Rock Trail, El Dorado , 11 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 419 feet elevation difference
Loon Lake Trail, El Dorado , 12 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 556 feet elevation difference
Poison Hole Trail, El Dorado , 12 miles away, 3.3 hiking miles, 1377 feet elevation difference
General Creek Trail, El Dorado , 13 miles away,  11.2 hiking miles, 1596 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near American River - South Fork:
Eldorado National Forest, California , 9 miles away
Emerald Bay State Park, California , 13 miles away
D. L. Bliss State Park, California , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near American River - South Fork:
Tahoe Paradise Golf Course, South Lake Tahoe , 14 miles away
Lake Tahoe Golf Course, South Lake Tahoe , 15 miles away
Bijou Municipal Golf Course, South Lake Tahoe , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near American River - South Fork
Grouse Lake, El Dorado , 4 miles away
Pearl Lake, El Dorado , 6 miles away
Lake Number Three, El Dorado , 8 miles away

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