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Slab Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the South Fork American River

Slab Creek Info
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Put In:  Slab Creek Dam
Take Out:  White Rock Powerhouse
Difficulty:  Class V , Portage
Gradient:  89 fpm
Run Length:  7 miles
Flow Information (phone):  916-368-8682
Good Level:  500 - 2,000 cfs, Optimum 1,500 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this river, this section usually has enough water if the Chili Bar section on the South Fork American has over 5,000 cfs.
Season Comments:  April, May, June
Primary Season:  This section of river only runs during the spring when snowmelt is great enough to cause dam releases
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Excellent Class III and IV rapids through a very scenic granite gorge
Hazards:  Just below Mosquito Ridge Road scout and most likely portage class V Mother Lode Falls on the river left bank.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 50 miles East of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Head east from Placerville on Hwy 50 and take the Schnell School Road exit. Take a left and go under the freeway to Carson Road and take a right. Turn left on North Canyon Road and proceed about 2.5 miles past the Hassler Road junction to a gravel road on the left. Take this road down to the gate at Slab Creek Dam. From here it's a short walk to the river.

Take-out: Take Mosquito Road north out of Placerville for 2 miles and turn left on Meadow Lane. Proceed to the gate at White Rock Powerhouse where it's a short walk to the river.

Towns near Slab Creek 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 Watershed Group
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  • South Yuba River Citizens League
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  • California Floaters Society
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  • Hydraulic Hooligans
  • 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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