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
Little Truckee R Bl Div Dam Nr Sierraville Ca
USGS 10341950
3 cfs 1.0 ft
Pilot C Bl Mutton Canyon Nr Georgetown Ca
USGS 11433040
2 cfs 3.0 ft
Unnamed Trib Ab Gavin Mandry Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424548
0 cfs 0.7 ft
N Yuba R Bl Goodyears Bar Ca
USGS 11413000
74 cfs 1.3 ft
Independence C Nr Truckee Ca
USGS 10343000
3 cfs 2.3 ft
Unnamed Trib Bl Gavin Mandry Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424546
8 cfs 0.0 ft
Deer C Nr Smartville Ca
USGS 11418500
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Little Potato Slough A Terminous Ca
USGS 11336790
1,280 cfs 18.8 ft
Sacramento R Bl Georgiana Slough Ca
USGS 11447905
1,720 cfs 6.3 ft
Deer C Nr Cameron Park Ca
USGS 11335655
8 cfs 3.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Dru Barner 47 3,237 ft
Bear River County Park 23 1,749 ft
Rucky A Chucky - Auburn State Rec Area 5 723 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Chili Bar 26.0cfs 8.0 Mi III to IV
Coloma to Greenwood - (C to G) 26.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III-
Tunnel Run (Ralston Powerhouse to Greenwood) 26.0cfs 16.5 Mi IV- to IV
Greenwood to Mammoth Bar 26.0cfs 7.0 Mi II to II+
Generation and Giant Gaps (Tadpole to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road) 26.0cfs 26.8 Mi IV to IV+
Yankee Jim Road to Ponderosa Way (Shirttail) 26.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III