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California whitewater, American River - South Fork

El Dorado county, Riverton to Peavine Ridge Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     3.5 miles
  The scenic beauty of El Dorado County and the water flowing gracefully down American River - South Fork are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Truckee-Grass Valley, as you can see on the road map further down. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There
    are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. You can pitch a tent or park your RV
at a nearby campground. This section is quite short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. The Riverton to Peavine  
Ridge Road stretch of American River - South Fork is 3.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. The Northern Sierra Nevada scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like Eldorado National Forest are pleasant to go to; Ogilby Canyon is certainly a splendid place to pop by. So much exciting stuff in the Northern Sierra Nevada, just mind-blowing. You're sure to run into some good people from Pollock Pines here; you can have a good hiking adventure along the Ellicott Trail. This river is so perfect. While you're here at American River - South Fork you can take a hike along the Slide Point Trail.

American River - South Fork, Riverton to Peavine Ridge Road 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, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.4 miles long (Peavine Ridge Road to Forebay Road)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Riverton to Peavine Ridge Road)
Camp Creek, El Dorado County, 6 miles away
      Class IV+ - 10.1 miles long (Fleming Meadows trailhead to Happy Valley Road)
Rubicon River, Placer/ El Dorado County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 20.3 miles long (Ellicott Bridge to Ralston Afterbay)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 9.6 miles long (Kyburz to Riverton)
Silver Creek - South Fork, El Dorado County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Atherton Flat to Ice House Reservoir)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Slab Creek Dam to White Rock Powerhouse)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Amador/ Calaveras County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Below Tiger Creek to Red Corral Road)
Cosumnes River - Middle Fork, El Dorado County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Outingdale to Highway 49)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Amador/ Calaveras County, 20 miles away
      Class III-V - 14.8 miles long (Close to Bear River to Tiger Creek Afterbay)
 Ski Areas Near American River - South Fork:
Alpine Meadows, California , 27 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 27 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Homewood, California , 27 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 28 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Kirkwood, California , 28 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Granlibakken, California , 30 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Soda Springs, California , 30 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 30 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 31 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Boreal, California , 32 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
 Marinas Near American River - South Fork:
Bear River Lake Resort, Pioneer , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near American River - South Fork:
BEST WESTERN Stagecoach Inn, Pollock Pines , 9 miles away
Albert Shafsky House Bed And Breakfast, Placerville , 21 miles away
Gold Country Inn, Placerville , 22 miles away
Lexington Historic Cary House Hotel, Placerville , 23 miles away
Historic Cary House Hotel, Placerville , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near American River - South Fork:
Bridal Veil Campground, El Dorado County, 1 miles away
Sly Park Recreation Area, Pollock Pines, 4 miles away
Sly Park Recreation Area - Deerwood, Pollock Pines, 4 miles away
 Trails Near American River - South Fork:
Ellicott Trail, El Dorado , 10 miles away, 1.3 hiking miles, 1591 feet elevation difference
Slide Point Trail, Placer , 10 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 1512 feet elevation difference
Belix Trail, Placer , 10 miles away, 6.9 hiking miles, 1141 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
Grey Trail, Placer , 11 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 2339 feet elevation difference
Grizzly Canyon Trail, Placer , 12 miles away, 2 hiking miles, 381 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near American River - South Fork:
Eldorado National Forest, California , 9 miles away
Indian Grinding Rock State Park, California , 22 miles away
Sugar Pine Point State Park, California , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near American River - South Fork:
Apple Mountain Golf Resort, Camino , 16 miles away
Camino Heights Golf Course, Camino , 17 miles away
Mace Meadow Golf & Country Club, Pioneer , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near American River - South Fork
Stumpy Meadows Lake, El Dorado , 12 miles away
Slab Creek Reservoir, El Dorado , 16 miles away
Pearl Lake, El Dorado , 16 miles away

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