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California whitewater, Silver Creek - South Fork

El Dorado county, Atherton Flat to Ice House Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     2 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that many runs in this state are not easy. This section of Silver Creek - South Fork in California is 2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class V+ section of whitewater. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. The campgrounds here at Silver Creek - South
    Fork are pretty good. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Gardnerville Ranchos, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or
both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling rivers. The natural beauty of El Dorado County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The beauty of the Northern Sierra Nevada is a great plus for this river. This is a pretty short section so you'd better be  
prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
The slopes of Sierra at Tahoe are so inviting nobody can resist, and you can go for a hike on the Windmiller Trail. There's no way anyone can get bored here in the Northern Sierra Nevada. Eldorado National Forest is a great spot to go if you're at Silver Creek - South Fork, and don't leave Silver Creek - South Fork without first going for a hike along the Sun Rock Trail. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer.

Silver Creek - South Fork, Atherton Flat to Ice House Reservoir 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 Silver Creek - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Silver Creek - South Fork:
Silver Creek - South Fork, El Dorado County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Atherton Flat to Ice House Reservoir)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 9.6 miles long (Kyburz to Riverton)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.6 miles long (Strawberry to Kyburz)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Riverton to Peavine Ridge Road)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.4 miles long (Peavine Ridge Road to Forebay Road)
Rubicon River, Placer/ El Dorado County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 20.3 miles long (Ellicott Bridge to Ralston Afterbay)
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)
Camp Creek, El Dorado County, 19 miles away
      Class IV+ - 10.1 miles long (Fleming Meadows trailhead to Happy Valley Road)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Amador/ Calaveras County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Below Tiger Creek to Red Corral Road)
Stanislaus River - North Fork, Calaveras/ Tuolumne County, 28 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Board's Crossing to Calaveras Big Trees)
 Ski Areas Near Silver Creek - South Fork:
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 15 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Kirkwood, California , 17 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Homewood, California , 17 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 19 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 21 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 21 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Bear Valley, California , 24 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Heavenly, California , 25 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 27 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 27 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Marinas Near Silver Creek - South Fork:
Bear River Lake Resort, Pioneer , 15 miles away
Fallen Leaf Marina, South Lake Tahoe , 16 miles away
Meeks Bay Marina, Tahoma , 17 miles away
Homewood Marina, Homewood , 17 miles away
Richardson's Resort and Marina, South Lake Tahoe , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Silver Creek - South Fork:
Lester Beach, El Dorado , 17 miles away
Calawee Cove Beach, El Dorado , 17 miles away
Baldwin Beach, El Dorado , 17 miles away
Kiva Beach, El Dorado , 18 miles away
Pope Beach, El Dorado , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Silver Creek - South Fork:
Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Kirkwood , 17 miles away
Village At Squaw Valley, Olympic Valley , 21 miles away
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, Olympic Valley , 21 miles away
River Ranch Lodge And Restaurant, Tahoe City , 21 miles away
Tahoe Valley Lodge, South Lake Tahoe , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Silver Creek - South Fork:
Eagle Rock Campground, El Dorado County, 3 miles away
Strawberry Point, Kyburz, 3 miles away
China Flat Campground, El Dorado County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Silver Creek - South Fork:
Windmiller Trail, El Dorado , 2 miles away, 2.9 hiking miles, 1011 feet elevation difference
Sun Rock Trail, El Dorado , 6 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 419 feet elevation difference
Red Peak Trail, El Dorado , 7 miles away, 6.5 hiking miles, 1766 feet elevation difference
Highland Trail, El Dorado , 8 miles away, 8 hiking miles, 2237 feet elevation difference
Poison Hole Trail, El Dorado , 8 miles away, 3.3 hiking miles, 1377 feet elevation difference
Loon Lake Trail, El Dorado , 8 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 556 feet elevation difference
Dry Lakes Trail, El Dorado , 12 miles away, 4.3 hiking miles, 879 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Silver Creek - South Fork:
Eldorado National Forest, California , 4 miles away
Emerald Bay State Park, California , 16 miles away
D. L. Bliss State Park, California , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Silver Creek - South Fork:
Tahoe Paradise Golf Course, South Lake Tahoe , 19 miles away
Lake Tahoe Golf Course, South Lake Tahoe , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Silver Creek - South Fork
Pearl Lake, El Dorado , 5 miles away
Grouse Lake, El Dorado , 7 miles away
Lake Number Three, El Dorado , 7 miles away

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