American River, Middle Fork - Interbay to Oxbow (End of the World)



This is a nice run if you can hit it when the flows are right.  The scenery and wilderness feel to this part of the middle fork combined with stout class IV to V rapids should be on most advanced paddlers resumes (beginners need not apply).

This canyon has a high gradient drop but paddlers can still portage and scout when needed (unless the river is running at flood levels, then things get pushy and even more wild).

Kayaks are probably the best craft of choice on this creeky run.  Once you put on, there are no other access points until the take out so you are committed.  Be responsible and safe with your decision to be on this section of water.

There are currently no real time flow gauges for this part of the middle fork.  Your best chance for obtaining flow info is either from locals familiar with this area or by contacting the Placer County Water Agency.


Class IV to V
Current Flow Visual or Unknown
Recommended Flow Minimum: 300.0
Average: 550.0
Maximum: 1000.0
Typical Season Begins: January
Ends: December
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: No
Canoeing: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: No
Primary Gauge VISUAL
Length 10.0 Mile(s)
Gradient 125.0 FPM