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Golden Gate Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the South Fork American River

Golden Gate Info
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Put In:  Peavine Ridge Road
Take Out:  Forebay Road
Difficulty:  Class V + , Portage
Gradient:  117 ft/mi
Run Length:  9.5 miles
Flow Information (phone):  916-368-8682
Good Level:  700 - 1,500 cfs, Optimum 1,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  This run should not be attempted above 2,000 cfs
Season Comments:  April, May, June
Primary Season:  This section of river only runs in the spring, usually during normal snowmelt
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Many class V+ rapids and waterfalls. There are no vertical walled gorges and everything can be portaged without to much difficulty.
Hazards:  This run is class V+ and should only be attempted by expert kayakers. There are many rapids on this run that are portaged more then they are ran. This section of the river is very isolated and hiking out would be very difficult.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  Yes
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 57 miles East of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Take the eastern of the two Route 50 exits for Pacific House and take the dirt road which leads down to the river.

Take-out: Take the eastern most exit for Pollock Pines from Route 50. Head north past the Safeway and turn left onto the main street. Turn right on to Forebay Road and drive approximately 8 miles to the bridge.

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  • American River Watershed Group
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  • Protect American River Canyons
  • Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign
  • South Yuba River Citizens League
  • Pacific Coast Kayak Clubs
  • California Floaters Society
  • California Kayak Friends
  • Hydraulic Hooligans
  • River City Whitewater Club
  • Sequoia Paddling Club
  • Shasta Paddlers
  • Sierra Club San Francisco Bay RTS
  • Stanford Kayak Club
  • Western Waters Canoe Club
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