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Lovers Leap Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the South Fork American River

Lovers Leap Info
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Put In:  Strawberry
Take Out:  Kyburz
Difficulty:  Class V , Portage
Gradient:  80 - 250 fpm
Run Length:  9.6 miles
Flow Information (phone):  916-368-8682
Good Level:  500 - 1,200 cfs, Optimum 1,000 cfs
Season Comments:  March, April, May
Primary Season:  This section of river only runs during the spring, usually during normal snowmelt
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  Very steep class V rapids with minimal mandatory portages.
Hazards:  steep, expert run with some mandatory portages
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 80 miles East of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Located off Route 50 just past Strawberry Lodge. The bridge over the South Fork is the put-in.

Take-out: Located at the bridge just past the grocery store and post office in Kyburz.

Towns near Lovers Leap Kayaking

Angels Camp California
Auburn California
Coloma California
Grass Valley California
Jackson California
Mammoth Lakes California
Placerville California
Reno Nevada
Sacramento California
San Francisco California
Tahoe City California
Truckee California

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  • American River Conservancy
  • 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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