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
Deer C Nr Cameron Park Ca
USGS 11335655
8 cfs 3.6 ft
Morrison C Nr Sacramento Ca
USGS 11336580
11 cfs 2.3 ft
Dry C A Vernon St Bridge A Roseville Ca
USGS 11447293
159 cfs 10.3 ft
Nf American R A North Fork Dam Ca
USGS 11427000
718 cfs 1.3 ft
Pilot C Bl Mutton Canyon Nr Georgetown Ca
USGS 11433040
2 cfs 3.0 ft
Cosumnes R A Michigan Bar Ca
USGS 11335000
237 cfs 3.6 ft
N Mokelumne Nr Walnut Grove Ca
USGS 11336685
16,600 cfs 25.6 ft
Unnamed Trib Ab Gavin Mandry Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424548
0 cfs 0.7 ft
Bear R Nr Wheatland Ca
USGS 11424000
26 cfs 0.0 ft
Sacramento R A Freeport Ca
USGS 11447650
13,100 cfs 101.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
soda springs 1.5 ssw, ca
SNOTEL CA-PC-1
29.26" -1.72"
blue canyon alert
SNOTEL BLUC1
0.03" -2.8"
Css Lab
SNOTEL 428
34" -2"
Independence Lake
SNOTEL 541
59" -1"
Independence Camp
SNOTEL 539
12" -3"

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
Yankee Jim Road to Ponderosa Way (Shirttail) 718.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III
Greenwood to Mammoth Bar 718.0cfs 7.0 Mi II to II+
Tunnel Run (Ralston Powerhouse to Greenwood) 718.0cfs 16.5 Mi IV- to IV
Chili Bar 718.0cfs 8.0 Mi III to IV
Coloma to Greenwood - (C to G) 718.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III-
Generation and Giant Gaps (Tadpole to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road) 718.0cfs 26.8 Mi IV to IV+