Lower American River

Bird’s Eye View

The Lower American River flows through the scenic American River Parkway, but it is hardly a wilderness experience. You will see lovely river banks, flocks of ducks, and maybe a fish or two, but the most common wildlife sightings are of sunburned frat boys, squealing kids, and ubiquitous wielders of water cannons, super soakers, and good old-fashioned buckets. Most people rent rafts or kayaks for an easy day of water-fighting and floating on the water, but if you have your own stuff, by all means bring it!

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Lower American River Whitewater Photo Gallery


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The Lower American in a Nutshell

Difficulty: Class I-II

Length: 5-6 miles

Season: Year-round

Put-in: Sunrise

Take-out: River Bend or William Pond

Who should go: Families, do-it-your-selfers, serious water-fighters.

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Whitewater & Scenery

Whitewate & Scenery The only true rapid on the Lower American is San Juan Hole, a popular kayak surf spot when nothing else is “going off.” The American can actually be quite scenic, especially in the evening when the sun is setting.

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River Flows

River FlowsConsistent, year-round flows are released from the upstream Folsom Dam, so boating is an option year-round on the Lower American, although float trips are usually only popular in the hot summer months.

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LogisticsIf you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, this is the perfect trip for you. Raft rentals are available on Sunrise Boulevard…

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Lower American Video

Lower American River Rafting Video

Watch a Lower American River video before you see it up close.

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Places to Eat, Places to Stay
& Things To Do

Places To EatPlaces To StayThings To Do

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Local Gear Shops

Local Gear ShopsBuy and rent gear and other supplies for your rafting trip on the Lower American in Sacramento or Online.

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