Whitewater River Rafting Trips

American River

South Fork from Henningsen-Lotus Park to Salmon Falls Bridge Trip, mile 8 to mile 20

This trip is a class III run on the American River South Fork from Henningsen-Lotus Park to Salmon Falls Bridge. The gradient of the river is 23 feet per mile. This trip is the lower half of the American River South Fork run and is 11 miles of river. The rapids are Barking Dog class II, Current Divider class II, Highway class II, Turtle Pond, Cable Crossing II, Hastings Creek, Fowler’s Rock class III-, Beginning of the Gorge, Upper Haystack Canyon class II+, Lollipop Tree, Satan’s Cesspool class III+, Lower Haystack Canyon class II+, Bouncing Rock class II, Hospital Bar class III-, Recovery Room class II. The flows on the river are the same as above for the south fork upper run. The trip ends at Salmon Falls Bridge. There is a combination of public and private lands along the river and there are some Quiet Zones. We must show respect for any private property along the river. We will stop somewhere around Turtle Pond or Haystack Creek and have lunch.

Notes / Agenda:

We meet at my house 8:00 a.m. sharp! We put in the raft on the river at Henningsen-Lotus Park around 11:00 a.m. and will be taking the raft out at Salmon Falls Bridge around 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Remember to pack your own lunch. So be there sharp 9:00 a.m., no stragglers, if you’re late you hold up the whole crew. If you are going to be late or you cannot make it for any reason call.

From my house we go to Salmon Falls Bridge on Salmon Falls Road. Salmon Falls Road is off El Dorado / Latrobe Road, El Dorado / Latrobe Road exit is off Highway 50 going toward Shingle Springs / Placerville. We will leave 1 or 2 vehicles at Salmon Falls Bridge and go up to Henningsen-Lotus Park on Lotus Road. Lotus Road is off highway 50 at Shingles Springs the exit. We leave the trucks there and take off on the river for Salmon Falls Bridge. The trip is from Henningsen-Lotus Park to Salmon Falls Bridge (11 miles of river) on the south fork of the American River.