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Silver Fork of the American - Dugald Bremner Run Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the South Fork American River

Silver Fork of the American - Dugald Bremner Run Info
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Put In:  Upper Bridge
Take Out:  Girard Creek
Difficulty:  Class V , Portage
Gradient:  191 fpm
Run Length:  3.5 miles
Flow Information (phone):  916-368-8682
Good Level:  300 - 800 cfs, Optimum 500 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, November, December
Primary Season:  This section of river only runs in the spring and winter, usually after a few days of heavy rain or during normal snowmelt
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  This section of river is very technical and challenging, it has many class V rapids
Hazards:  There are many rapids on this stretch that should be scouted and possibly portaged. There are also many undercut rocks and sieves. This stretch should only be attempted by a team of expert kayakers.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 75.4 miles (1 hour 24 minutes) East of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: On Highway 50 in Kyburz, take Silver Fork Road south. Follow this road past China Flat Campground for 2.3 miles, and then turn right at the sign for Girard Creek. Continue on this road until the bridge over the silver fork and take out there.

Put In: From the take out return to Silver Fork Road. Continue upstream for about 4 miles to the put in at the bridge.

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