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California whitewater, American River - South Fork

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

 

CLASS III-V     9.6 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Gardnerville Ranchos, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The natural beauty of El Dorado County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. The Kyburz to Riverton stretch of American River - South Fork in El Dorado County is 9.6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-V section.
    A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. The campgrounds here at American River - South Fork are pretty good. The Kyburz to Riverton section is one of many paddling sections in
this river system. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often tougher than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The wild scenery of the Northern Sierra  
Nevada is great. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Sun Rock Trail is perfect fun; Eldorado National Forest is a great place to stretch your legs a bit. Life's too short to enjoy all the amusing stuff in the Northern Sierra Nevada. A perfect place close to American River - South Fork is Screech Owl Canyon, and American River - South Fork is right by the Windmiller Trail. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. For the period of the warmest time of the year at American River - South Fork temperatures are ordinarily in the 80's.

American River - South Fork, Kyburz to Riverton 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:
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Riverton to Peavine Ridge Road)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 9.6 miles long (Kyburz to Riverton)
Silver Creek - South Fork, El Dorado County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Atherton Flat to Ice House Reservoir)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.4 miles long (Peavine Ridge Road to Forebay Road)
Rubicon River, Placer/ El Dorado County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 20.3 miles long (Ellicott Bridge to Ralston Afterbay)
Camp Creek, El Dorado County, 13 miles away
      Class IV+ - 10.1 miles long (Fleming Meadows trailhead to Happy Valley Road)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.6 miles long (Strawberry to Kyburz)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Amador/ Calaveras County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 14.8 miles long (Close to Bear River to Tiger Creek Afterbay)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Amador/ Calaveras County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Below Tiger Creek to Red Corral Road)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Slab Creek Dam to White Rock Powerhouse)
 Ski Areas Near American River - South Fork:
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 20 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Kirkwood, California , 22 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Homewood, California , 22 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 23 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 24 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Granlibakken, California , 25 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Bear Valley, California , 27 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 29 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 30 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Soda Springs, California , 30 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
 Marinas Near American River - South Fork:
Bear River Lake Resort, Pioneer , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near American River - South Fork:
BEST WESTERN Stagecoach Inn, Pollock Pines , 16 miles away
Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Kirkwood , 22 miles away
Tamarack Lodge At Bear Valley, Bear Valley , 24 miles away
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, Olympic Valley , 25 miles away
Village At Squaw Valley, Olympic Valley , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near American River - South Fork:
Silver Creek Group, Grizzly Flats, 2 miles away
Digger Indian Spring Campground, El Dorado County, 3 miles away
Sand Flat Campground, El Dorado County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near American River - South Fork:
Windmiller Trail, El Dorado , 8 miles away, 2.9 hiking miles, 1011 feet elevation difference
Sun Rock Trail, El Dorado , 8 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 419 feet elevation difference
Poison Hole Trail, El Dorado , 10 miles away, 3.3 hiking miles, 1377 feet elevation difference
Hunsucker Trail, El Dorado , 10 miles away, 1.9 hiking miles, 413 feet elevation difference
South Fork Trail, El Dorado , 11 miles away,  6.8 hiking miles, 1919 feet elevation difference
Dry Lakes Trail, El Dorado , 11 miles away, 4.3 hiking miles, 879 feet elevation difference
Loon Lake Trail, El Dorado , 11 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 556 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near American River - South Fork:
Eldorado National Forest, California , 2 miles away
Emerald Bay State Park, California , 22 miles away
Sugar Pine Point State Park, California , 22 miles away
 Lakes Near American River - South Fork
Pearl Lake, El Dorado , 10 miles away
Grouse Lake, El Dorado , 13 miles away
Lake Number Three, El Dorado , 13 miles away

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