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Tributary-Silver Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the South Fork American River

Tributary-Silver Creek Info
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Put In:  Camino Reservoir
Take Out:  South Fork Confluence
Difficulty:  Class V , Portage
Gradient:  90 ft/mi
Run Length:  9.2 miles
Flow Information (phone):  916-368-8682
Good Level:  600 - 800 cfs, Optimum 600 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this creek, it only runs after big snow years
Season Comments:  April, May, June
Primary Season:  This creek runs during the spring when snowmelt causes dam releases.
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  This is a small creek that rarely runs. On the years that this creek runs the South Fork American gets very big.
Hazards:  There are many class V rapids that demand scouting and possibly portaging. Also there are two rapids that are mandatory portages.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 55 miles East of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Access is from Peavine Ridge Road to Camino Powerhouse.

Take-out: Take the eastern most exit for Pollock Pines from Route 50. Head north past the Safeway and turn left onto the main street. Turn right on to Forebay Road and drive approximately 8 miles to the bridge.

Towns near Tributary-Silver Creek Kayaking

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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
  • 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
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  • California Whitewater Rafting
  • Dreamflows
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