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Paddling the American River

Listed under Rafting in Sacramento, United States.

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The American River give a good variety of large and small whitewater action, along with great camping and recreational activities in the Sierra Mountains. The American River can accommodate to all ages and skill levels, from beginner first-time trips to class IV-V advanced stretches.

The American River is like many other rivers in the US, in that it has many different sections or parts of the river that offer different experiences. The nice part about the American River is that you can have your choice of mild whitewater to high-adventure whitewater.

I love the Sierra Mountains and the setting that the American River offers. Their are also a lot of recreational places along the whole river (parks, campgrounds, historical sites) which makes it a great place to visit and spend time in the area outside of the rafting.

My favorite part of the American River are the larger rapids. You get some great big rapids here and there, but not too many. It is not a "non-stop" rush of rapid after rapid. You get some calm stretches in between the rapids, which makes the ride a little nicer. Sometimes you do wish you have a few more large rapids on the trips though, but still a good trip to take.

Written by  Ryan Hutchings.

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“Great One Day Trip”

The American River has all kinds of whitewater. The most commonly rafted sections are the South Fork, the Middle Fork, and the North Fork. The South and Middle Forks run all summer long due to upstream dams. The North Fork has no dam above it and runs a… Read more...

Written by  Zach Collier.

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that's not the american river - looks like Tuolomne near Yosemite

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Hi Peter - you don't happen to have any images of your own to replace this one with do you? It would be really helpful if you did. Thanks!

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