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
Hutchinson C Bl Doolittle Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424550
5 cfs 0.0 ft
N Yuba R Bl Goodyears Bar Ca
USGS 11413000
530 cfs 3.5 ft
Pilot C Bl Mutton Canyon Nr Georgetown Ca
USGS 11433040
2 cfs 3.0 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 1.0 ft
Little Truckee R Bl Div Dam Nr Sierraville Ca
USGS 10341950
3 cfs 1.0 ft
Yuba R Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11421000
634 cfs 61.3 ft
Sacramento R A Freeport Ca
USGS 11447650
11,400 cfs 103.1 ft
Sacramento R Bl Georgiana Slough Ca
USGS 11447905
6,150 cfs 4.5 ft
American R A Fair Oaks Ca
USGS 11446500
2,170 cfs 7.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
blue canyon alert
SNOTEL BLUC1
47.43" 0.1"
blue canyon
SNOTEL BLU
47" 2.15"
Independence Lake
SNOTEL 541
88" -1"
Css Lab
SNOTEL 428
72" 0"
soda springs 1.5 ssw, ca
SNOTEL CA-PC-1
64.84" -0.61"

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
Peninsula - Folsom Lake State Rec Area 100 792 ft
Mineral Bar - Auburn State Rec Area 18 1,167 ft
Giant Gap 35 3,686 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Tunnel Run (Ralston Powerhouse to Greenwood) 699.0cfs 16.5 Mi IV- to IV
Yankee Jim Road to Ponderosa Way (Shirttail) 699.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III
Chili Bar 699.0cfs 8.0 Mi III to IV
Sunrise Avenue to Watt Avenue 2170.0cfs 11.0 Mi II- to II
Greenwood to Mammoth Bar 699.0cfs 7.0 Mi II to II+
Coloma to Greenwood - (C to G) 699.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III-