Greenwood To Mammoth Bar


This might be the best beginner kayak run near Sacramento and Auburn.  You could run the South Fork C to G section if you like lots and lots and lots of people.  But if you want a little more solitude, forgiving rapids and a more wilderness'y feel, then you should consider this part of the middle fork.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the American River, Middle Fork are between a bare minimum of 750cfs and a high of 3,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 11427000, the Nf American R A North Fork Dam Ca Remember only watercraft are permitted at Greenwood to Mammoth Bar.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
The Ledge Rapid
Class II to III
Murderer's Bar Rapid
Class V
Confluence Rapid
Class III to IV

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
N Yuba R Bl Goodyears Bar Ca
USGS 11413000
179 cfs 2.1 ft
N Mokelumne Nr Walnut Grove Ca
USGS 11336685
16,600 cfs 25.6 ft
Dry C A Vernon St Bridge A Roseville Ca
USGS 11447293
159 cfs 10.3 ft
Deer C Nr Cameron Park Ca
USGS 11335655
8 cfs 3.6 ft
Bear R Nr Wheatland Ca
USGS 11424000
12 cfs 0.0 ft
Nf American R A North Fork Dam Ca
USGS 11427000
199 cfs 0.7 ft
Unnamed Trib Ab Gavin Mandry Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424548
0 cfs 0.7 ft
Little Truckee R Bl Div Dam Nr Sierraville Ca
USGS 10341950
3 cfs 1.0 ft
Sacramento R A Freeport Ca
USGS 11447650
260 cfs 102.6 ft
Sacramento R Ab Delta Cross Channel Ca
USGS 11447890
623 cfs 4.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Independence Lake
SNOTEL 541
16" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Peninsula - Folsom Lake State Rec Area 100 792 ft
Giant Gap 35 3,686 ft
Rucky A Chucky - Auburn State Rec Area 5 723 ft
Bear River County Park 23 1,749 ft
Mineral Bar - Auburn State Rec Area 18 1,167 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Yankee Jim Road to Ponderosa Way (Shirttail) 199.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III
Tunnel Run (Ralston Powerhouse to Greenwood) 199.0cfs 16.5 Mi IV- to IV
Sunrise Avenue to Watt Avenue 641.0cfs 11.0 Mi II- to II
Coloma to Greenwood - (C to G) 199.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III-
Greenwood to Mammoth Bar 199.0cfs 7.0 Mi II to II+
Chili Bar 199.0cfs 8.0 Mi III to IV