Coloma To Greenwood - (C To G)


A good beginner run that can be run in canoes, kayaks, or rafts.  Stretches of flat water interspersed with mainly class II rapids.  Flow is controlled by Dam so year round floating is possible.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the American River, South Fork are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 15,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 11427000, the Nf American R A North Fork Dam Ca Remember only watercraft are permitted at Coloma to Greenwood - (C to G).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Barking Dogs Honking Geese
Class II to II+
Current Divider Rapid
Class II to II+
Highway Rapid
Class II to II+
Swimmers Rapid
Class II to II+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Independence C Nr Truckee Ca
USGS 10343000
4 cfs 2.4 ft
Laguna C Nr Elk Grove Ca
USGS 11336585
1 cfs 2.8 ft
Deer C Nr Cameron Park Ca
USGS 11335655
8 cfs 3.6 ft
Little Potato Slough A Terminous Ca
USGS 11336790
1,910 cfs 18.6 ft
Yuba R Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11421000
620 cfs 61.3 ft
American R A Fair Oaks Ca
USGS 11446500
3,000 cfs 8.1 ft
Sacramento R Ab Delta Cross Channel Ca
USGS 11447890
1,600 cfs 6.5 ft
Bear R Nr Wheatland Ca
USGS 11424000
66 cfs 0.5 ft
Unnamed Trib Bl Gavin Mandry Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424546
8 cfs 0.0 ft
Sacramento R A Freeport Ca
USGS 11447650
241 cfs 104.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Rucky A Chucky - Auburn State Rec Area 5 723 ft
Bear River County Park 23 1,749 ft
Dru Barner 47 3,237 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Tunnel Run (Ralston Powerhouse to Greenwood) 1390.0cfs 16.5 Mi IV- to IV
Generation and Giant Gaps (Tadpole to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road) 1390.0cfs 26.8 Mi IV to IV+
Chili Bar 1390.0cfs 8.0 Mi III to IV
Coloma to Greenwood - (C to G) 1390.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III-
Yankee Jim Road to Ponderosa Way (Shirttail) 1390.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III
Greenwood to Mammoth Bar 1390.0cfs 7.0 Mi II to II+