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California whitewater, American River - South Fork

El Dorado county, Route 193 to Folsom Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     20.5 miles
  The beautiful scenery of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often tougher than in other states, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The starting location is a short drive from Sacramento—Arden-Arcade—Roseville, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of American
    River - South Fork is 20.5 miles long and it is classified as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here.
You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Route 193 to Folsom Lake section is just one of many. The  
beautiful Northern Sierra Nevada scenery is an added bonus. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots.

Briefly about the general area:
A visit to Granite Canyon is always fun. Marshall Gold Discovery State Park is a fine place to go if you're at American River - South Fork, and at American River - South Fork you always meet someone from Lotus. Coming to this river is always a good idea. Don't leave American River - South Fork without dropping by Auburn State Park. A normal amount of precipitation falls here at American River - South Fork.

American River - South Fork, Route 193 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 - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near American River - South Fork:
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 2 miles away
      Class III+ - 15 miles long (Lotus Campground to Folsom Lake)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Adventures, El Dorado County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Voyages, El Dorado County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 20.5 miles long (Route 193 to Folsom Lake)
American River - Middle Fork, Placer / El Dorado County, 10 miles away
      Class I(II) - 7.1 miles long (former Greenwood Bridge to Mammoth Bar)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Confluence with Middle Fork to Folsom Lake)
Whitewater Outfitter - Canyon Raft Rentals, Placer County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Sierra Outdoor Center, Placer County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cosumnes River, El Dorado / Amador / Sacramento County, 13 miles away
      Class II-V - 20 miles long (Highway 49 to Highway 16)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge to Ponderosa Way Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near American River - South Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 48 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 50 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 50 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 51 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 52 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 52 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Homewood, California , 55 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 56 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Granlibakken, California , 57 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 58 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
 Marinas Near American River - South Fork:
Folsom Lake Marina, El Dorado Hills , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near American River - South Fork:
Eden Vale Inn, Placerville , 1 miles away
Bella Vista Bed And Breakfast, Placerville , 3 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Placerville Inn, Placerville , 7 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Cameron Park, Cameron Park , 7 miles away
Historic Cary House Hotel, Placerville , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near American River - South Fork:
Camp Lotus, Lotus, 2 miles away
Ponderosa Park Campground, Lotus, 3 miles away
American River Resort-coloma, Coloma, 3 miles away
 Trails Near American River - South Fork:
Nevada Point Trail, El Dorado , 20 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 2771 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near American River - South Fork:
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, California , 3 miles away
Auburn State Park, California , 11 miles away
Folsom Lake State Park, California , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near American River - South Fork:
Cold Springs Golf & Country, Placerville , 3 miles away
Bass Lake Golf Course, Rescue , 7 miles away
Serrano Country Club, El Dorado Hills , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near American River - South Fork
Bass Lake, El Dorado , 8 miles away
Lake Theodore, Placer , 12 miles away
Halsey Forebay, Placer , 13 miles away

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