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California whitewater, Cosumnes River - Middle Fork

El Dorado county, Outingdale to Highway 49 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     11 miles
At the take out point at hwy 49 on the Cosumnes River, a new property owner is creating a paid day use parking area this spring. You'll be able to safely park there, take another car to put in, and enjoy a picnic after you take out. Note: The turnout on the South Side Bridge is a tow zone and will be strictly enforced. Says Marisa

Any reports of kids/people getting sick after swimming here? Says Connie

The Outingdale to Highway
    49 section of Cosumnes River - Middle Fork in California is 11 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V+ section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Sacramento—Arden-Arcade—Roseville it's not a long drive
at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There aren’t any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you don’t have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either  
way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Outingdale to Highway 49 section is one of them. The river winds through the Northern Sierra Nevada and you get great scenery. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. The beautiful scenery of California and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near.

Cosumnes River - Middle Fork, Outingdale to Highway 49 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 Cosumnes River - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Cosumnes River - Middle Fork:
Cosumnes River, El Dorado / Amador / Sacramento County, 4 miles away
      Class II-V - 20 miles long (Highway 49 to Highway 16)
Cosumnes River - Middle Fork, El Dorado County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Outingdale to Highway 49)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 20.5 miles long (Route 193 to Folsom Lake)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Slab Creek Dam to White Rock Powerhouse)
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Voyages, El Dorado County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Adventures, El Dorado County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 14 miles away
      Class III+ - 15 miles long (Lotus Campground to Folsom Lake)
Mokelumne River, Amador/ Calaveras County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Ponderosa Way to Highway 49 Bridge)
Camp Creek, El Dorado County, 18 miles away
      Class IV+ - 10.1 miles long (Fleming Meadows trailhead to Happy Valley Road)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Amador/ Calaveras County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Below Tiger Creek to Red Corral Road)
 Ski Areas Near Cosumnes River - Middle Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 49 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 49 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 50 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Kirkwood, California , 50 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 50 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 51 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Boreal, California , 51 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 51 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Homewood, California , 51 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Bear Valley, California , 52 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
 Hotels Near Cosumnes River - Middle Fork:
Best Western Plus Placerville Inn, Placerville , 8 miles away
Historic Cary House Hotel, Placerville , 8 miles away
Gold Country Inn, Placerville , 8 miles away
Imperial Hotel, Amador City , 9 miles away
Days Inn Sutter Creek, Sutter Creek , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cosumnes River - Middle Fork:
Kirtlan Camp white Meadows, El Dorado, 5 miles away
D.L. Bliss State Park, El Dorado, 6 miles away
Emerald Bay State Park, El Dorado, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cosumnes River - Middle Fork:
Indian Grinding Rock State Park, California , 13 miles away
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, California , 14 miles away
Folsom Lake State Park, California , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cosumnes River - Middle Fork:
Apple Mountain Golf Resort, Camino , 10 miles away
Castle Oaks Golf Club, Ione , 16 miles away
Mace Meadow Golf & Country Club, Pioneer , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Cosumnes River - Middle Fork
Slab Creek Reservoir, El Dorado , 12 miles away
Lake Tabeaud, Amador , 15 miles away
Bass Lake, El Dorado , 17 miles away

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