At the North Fork


The American River originates in the high Sierra Nevada just west of Lake Tahoe, in the Tahoe and El Dorado National Forests. Its three main forks, the South, Middle and North, flow through the Sierra foothills and converge east of Sacramento. Along the way their water, rapids, lakes and reservoirs provide irrigation, power and recreation for northern California. Whether you are looking for white water action, calm-water boating, fishing a clear lake or hiking along a cool stream, you'll find a place to love on the American River.

Outdoor Adventures runs commercial river rafting and kayaking trips on the American River.

Self-guided kayaking, rafting & tubing trips can also be done on the Lower American River in Sacramento flowing through the American River Parkway. This is the site of the annual Eppie's Great Race Run, bike, paddle triathlon.