American River

Details

Location:
Sacramento, CA
United States United States
Coordinates:
38.5811, -121.4521
Distance:
Acres
Description:

The America River is an American favorite: more than 100,000 people float just the South Fork of the river every year, making it the most popular stretch of whitewater in the state of California. The river offers great scenic beauty, thrilling whitewater excitement and a motherlode of mining and American history. The North and Middle Forks present greater challenges to the rafter, while the rapids of the South Fork, although abundant, are less turbulent.
To boaters, the South Fork of the American River brings to mind long and lazy pools, perfect for escaping the summer's heat, the parade of rapids down through "The Gorge", and surfing the waves and holes at Triple Threat Rapids. But look beyond the white water, and you will find much more than a wonderful river trip. Much of California history is reflected in the river's journey west, from the snow-covered peaks of the Crystal Range through the Motherlode, to Folsom Lake.
In recent years, the evolving concept of river use has resulted in water releases from Folsom Lake, to maintain the water quality in the Sacramento River Delta, and to support fall runs of salmon.

Today, the river is a great recreational resource as well. More than 2 million people visit Folsom Lake State Recreation Area each year. Many thousands enjoy the scenery along Highway 50, as they travel through the Sierras to Lake Tahoe. And the whitewater stretch from Chili Bar to Folsom Lake has become the most popular in California.

Directions: From Auburn, on Hwy I-80; go NE, 2 mi. to Auburn-Foresthill Rd. Turn E, go 18 mi. to Foresthill. Continue on Forest Hill-Soda Springs Rd., go 12 mi. to Forest Rd. 66. 1) Turn L, go 3 mi. to Italian Bar trailhead. 2) Go 3 mi. beyond Rd. 66, turn L at Mumford Bar trailhead. 3) Go 5 mi. beyond Mumford Bar turnoff to Beacroft trailhead. Access upper reaches from Soda Springs Rd. S of Hwy I-80. Most trails 3-4 mi. and drop about 2,000 ft.

A designated wild trout water from Iowa Hill Rd. bridge to Palisade Creek. Very clear stream in remote, very steep canyon, moderate in gradient, mixed large bedrock pools, riffles, and boulder field pocket water; vegetation varies from foothill oak woodland through yellow pine belt. Watch for rattlesnakes. Campgrounds near trailheads.

Spot Access:
Parking (car/truck), Shore fishing access
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Map

Map for 38.5811, -121.4521
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Fishing Reports

American River Fishing Report 10.24.11

Starting Out Right With a 39lb Salmon and Limits on the American River   Weekly Update to 10-21-11         Keeping Up with Kevin Brock   A quick note about fishing locations: Kevin will be fishing on the American River for now, and has morning and afternoon launches available.       This past week, Kevin Brock was mostly fishing the Feather River with good success, but with the water flows dropping to about 2,200 CFS, the A...

Fish

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Bass, Striped (Morone saxatilis)

848
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Salmon, Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

386
Fish

Shad, American (Alosa sapidissima)

68
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Trout, Steelhead (Rainbow) (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Guides

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T.N.G. Motorsports

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