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

Silver Fork of the American - Lower Run Info
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Put In:  China Flat
Take Out:  South Fork American River
Difficulty:  Class V + , Portage
Gradient:  236 fpm, One mile drops 400 feet!
Run Length:  3.3 miles
Flow Information (phone):  916-368-8682
Good Level:  350 - 550 cfs, Optimum 400 cfs
Season Comments:  March, April, May, June, July, August
Primary Season:  This section of river is dam-controlled, it will usually run during the spring and summer after a high snowpack year
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Lots of class V rapids and waterfalls
Hazards:  Scout everything, this run 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: 

Put In: 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 put in there.

Take Out: From Kyburz take Highway 50 west for a few miles to the Gas Station in Silver Fork. This is one option for a take out. Another option is continue down the South Fork for .5 miles to the South Fork Campground.

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  • South Yuba River Citizens League
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  • California Floaters Society
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  • River City Whitewater Club
  • Sequoia Paddling Club
  • Shasta Paddlers
  • Sierra Club San Francisco Bay RTS
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  • Western Waters Canoe Club
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