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The American River

Listed under River Trips in Sacramento, United States.

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The American River is located in Northern California, in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The River runs from the Sierra Nevada mountain range through the state capital Sacramento, flowing into the Sacramento river and eventually into the San Francisco Bay. The American River is divided into the North, Middle, and South Forks. The great canyon of the North Fork of the American River, is more than 2,000 feet deep in some spots, and for miles of its length over 3,000 feet deep.

Because of the high adventure level and fast flow of the American River, white water rafting and kayaking has become one of the more popular recreational activities on the river. Most people choose to go with commercial river guides who know how to navigate the rivers and provide the most enjoyable California rafting experience. Whitewater rafting trips down the American River are typically separated into the different sections of the river.

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Written by  Ryan Hutchings.

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The American River

The American River is well known by adventure sports lovers for its rapids. It's also a popular destination for history buffs, gold found at Sutter’s Mill on the American River near California prompted the 1848 California Gold Rush which increased California’s population by 300,000. The remains of the prospectors tent cities and their lives can be seen up and down the river.

The American Rivers source is in the Sierra Nevada mountains and its mouth is in the San Francisco Bay.

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