American River, Middle Fork - Greenwood to Mammoth Bar

California-US  

Description

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.

There is 1 harder class III to IV rapid on this section but boaters can easily portage it.

Mammoth Bar is an OHV use area and can have restrictions.  See the website for more details on mammoth bar.

If you decide to continue downriver past mammoth bar be advised that there is a class V rapid just below the take out.  Portaging recommended.  See rapid descriptions below.

Statistics

Class II to II+
Current Flow 2271.0 CFS
06-22-2017 21:00
Recommended Flow Minimum: 750.0
Average: 1500.0
Maximum: 3000.0
Typical Season Begins: January
Ends: December
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: Yes
SUP: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: Yes
Primary Gauge MIDDLE FK AMERICAN R NR OXBOW PH
Length 7.0 Mile(s)
Gradient 12.0 FPM