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California whitewater, American River - South Fork

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


CLASS IV-V     9.4 miles
  If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. The put-in is not too far from Truckee-Grass Valley, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This stretch of American River - South Fork in California is 9.4 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V
    section by American Whitewater. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that
around here. The nature scenery of El Dorado County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. There are many good hotels to choose from, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Sierra  
Nevada is a great experience. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is great here at American River - South Fork, you can go for a hike along the Belix Trail, and a short journey to Deadman Spring is always worthwhile. And that's not everything there is to do here in the Northern Sierra Nevada. Eldorado National Forest is a pleasant location to check out; you'll possibly meet some people from Pollock Pines here. This river is a great place to visit. On a good day at American River - South Fork you can take a hike along the Grizzly Canyon Trail, and American River - South Fork is near Randolph Canyon which is unquestionably worth stopping at.

American River - South Fork, Peavine Ridge Road to Forebay Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near American River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near American River - South Fork:
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.4 miles long (Peavine Ridge Road to Forebay Road)
Camp Creek, El Dorado County, 5 miles away
      Class IV+ - 10.1 miles long (Fleming Meadows trailhead to Happy Valley Road)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Riverton to Peavine Ridge Road)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Slab Creek Dam to White Rock Powerhouse)
Rubicon River, Placer/ El Dorado County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 20.3 miles long (Ellicott Bridge to Ralston Afterbay)
Cosumnes River - Middle Fork, El Dorado County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Outingdale to Highway 49)
American River - Middle Fork, Placer County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.1 miles long (Mosquito Ridge Road to confluence with Middle Fork)
American River - Middle Fork, Placer/El Dorado County, 18 miles away
      Class II-IV(V+) - 17 miles long (Oxbow Bend to Drivers Flat Road)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 18 miles away
      Class II-IV - 20.5 miles long (Route 193 to Folsom Lake)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 19 miles away
      Class III-V - 9.6 miles long (Kyburz to Riverton)
 Ski Areas Near American River - South Fork:
Alpine Meadows, California , 30 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 31 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Soda Springs, California , 32 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Homewood, California , 32 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 32 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 33 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Boreal, California , 33 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 33 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Kirkwood, California , 35 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Granlibakken, California , 35 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
 Marinas Near American River - South Fork:
Bear River Lake Resort, Pioneer , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near American River - South Fork:
Best Western Stagecoach Inn, Pollock Pines , 3 miles away
Gold Country Inn, Placerville , 15 miles away
Historic Cary House Hotel, Placerville , 17 miles away
Best Western Plus Placerville Inn, Placerville , 19 miles away
Bella Vista Bed And Breakfast, Placerville , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near American River - South Fork:
Sly Park Recreation Area - Hilltop, Pollock Pines, 3 miles away
Sly Park Recreation Area - Stonebraker, Pollock Pines, 3 miles away
Sly Park Recreation Area - Pine Cone, Pollock Pines, 3 miles away
 Trails Near American River - South Fork:
Belix Trail, Placer , 9 miles away, 6.9 hiking miles, 1141 feet elevation difference
Grizzly Canyon Trail, Placer , 9 miles away, 2 hiking miles, 381 feet elevation difference
Pigeon Roost Trail, Placer , 9 miles away, 1.4 hiking miles, 763 feet elevation difference
Slide Point Trail, Placer , 10 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 1512 feet elevation difference
Ellicott Trail, El Dorado , 11 miles away, 1.3 hiking miles, 1591 feet elevation difference
Grey Trail, Placer , 12 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 2339 feet elevation difference
Hunsucker Trail, El Dorado , 13 miles away, 1.9 hiking miles, 413 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near American River - South Fork:
Eldorado National Forest, California , 15 miles away
Indian Grinding Rock State Park, California , 20 miles away
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, California , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near American River - South Fork:
Apple Mountain Golf Resort, Camino , 10 miles away
Camino Heights Golf Course, Camino , 11 miles away
Mace Meadow Golf & Country Club, Pioneer , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near American River - South Fork
Stumpy Meadows Lake, El Dorado , 7 miles away
Slab Creek Reservoir, El Dorado , 9 miles away
Chiquita Lake, El Dorado , 14 miles away

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