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South Fork Gorge Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the South Fork American River

Satan's Cesspool Rapid
Hospital Bar Rapid Guide entertains at Hospital Bar Rapid Hospital Bar Rapid Satan's Cesspool Rapid Raft flips at Son of Satan Rapid
Beautiful Scenery on South Fork Gorge
Sunny day on South Fork Gorge

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South Fork Gorge Video

Raft Running Hospital Bar Rapid
  • Raft Running Satan's Cesspool
  • South Fork Gorge Info
    Use this information at your own risk. See our legal notices.
    Put In:  Marshall Gold Discovery State Park
    Take Out:  Salmon Falls Bridge
    Difficulty:  Class III + @ 800 - 2,000 cfs , Class IV @ 2,000 - 10,000 cfs
    Gradient:  25 ft/mi
    Run Length:  14.5 miles
    Current Streamflow:  3425 cfs @ 04/26/2009 10:00 PM - AMERICAN RIVER AT CHILI BAR (CBR), reading taken from CDEC
    Flow Information (phone):  916-368-8682
    Good Level:  800 - 10,000 cfs, Optimum 2,000 cfs
    Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    Primary Season: 

    This section of river is dam-controlled and runs all year

    Permit:  Private boater permit tags are available at the put in.
    Character/Similar To:  Lots of pool drop class III/IV rapids, very busy summer destination for comercial rafting.
    Hazards:  On hot weekends look out for the large number of crazy rafters
    Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
    Land Ownership:  Mostly private.
    Wilderness:  No
    Camping on River:  No
    Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 50 miles Northeast of Sacramento
    Shuttle Logistics: 

    Put-In: From US 50 in Placerville turn north onto CA Hwy 49 and continue throught Coloma to the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park.

    Take-Out: From Marshall Gold Discovery State Park follow CA Highway 49 north. Approximately eight miles beyond the bridge crossing the river turn left onto Salmon Falls Road. Proceed to Salmon Falls Bridge and the take-out.

    Towns near South Fork Gorge Kayaking

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

    Other Resources

    Conservation Organizations
  • American River Conservancy
  • American River Watershed Group
  • Disabled Adventure Outfitters' (DAO)-
  • 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
  • Paddling Sites
  • California Whitewater Rafting
  • Dreamflows
  • Travel Guides
  • California Vacation & Travel Guide