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Chamberlain Falls Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the North Fork American River

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Above Chamberlain Falls Rapid at 1300 cfs Achilles Heel Rapid at 1300 cfs Bogus Thunder Rapid at 1300 cfs Slaughter's Sluice Rapid at 1300 cfs Staircase Rapid at 1300 cfs
Tongue and Groove Rapid at 1300 cfs

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Chamberlain Falls Info
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Put In:  Colfax-Iowa Hill Road
Take Out:  Colfax-Foresthill Road
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV +
Gradient:  44 ft/mi
Run Length:  4.8 miles
Current Streamflow:  1790 cfs @ 12/14/2016 08:15 AM - NF AMERICAN R A NORTH FORK DAM CA, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  916-368-8682
Good Level:  800 - 2,500 cfs, Optimum 1,500 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

The North Fork American River at North Fork Dam gauge is about 14 miles below this run and provides an accurate reading for this section

Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, November, December
Primary Season: 

This section of river only runs in the winter and spring, usually after a few days of heavy rain or during normal snowmelt

Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Pool drop class III/IV rapids, popular raft run
Hazards:  This section of the North Fork American contains more sieves and strainers then the upper two sections, so scout carefully and be aware.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private.
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 50 miles Northeast of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Take the Colfax exit from I-80. On the south side of the Interstate turn right onto Canyon Way. Follow this road for about a quarter mile and turn left onto Colfax-Iowa Road. Continue to the bridge over the river.

Take-out: From I-80, take the Weimar Cross Road exit and go east for 2 miles on Canyon Way to the Foresthill 13 road sign. Follow this road about 4 miles to the river.

Towns near Chamberlain Falls Kayaking

Auburn California
Chico California
Coloma California
Grass Valley California
Placerville California
Reno Nevada
Sacramento California
San Francisco California
Tahoe City California
Truckee California

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