The American River(s)
The American River is divided into the North, Middle, and South forks, which are located in El Dorado County, Placer County, and Sacramento County. Foresthill is located on a ridge between the North and Middle forks. The river's three forks originate in the Tahoe and Eldorado National Forests. Because Foresthill is located on the ridge between the North and Middle forks, the area is also referred to as The Divide.
Rafting The American River(s)
The River may be accessed from the following trails located on Foresthill Divide Road: Mumford Bar Trail, Italian Bar Trail and Beacroft Trail. Access is on foot or by horseback. Motorized access is not allowed on this Wild & Scenic river.
Because of the difficulty in getting down to this river, you can find isolated un-fished areas.
Access from Foresthill Divide Road, turn southeast onto FS Road 96 (Mosquito Ridge Road). The river is most easily accessed at Circle Bridge, Oxbow Reservoir and Ralston Reservoir. At lower elevations, the river can be accessed from Foresthill Road down Drivers Flat Road and at the Mammoth Bar OHV area at Foresthill Rd. and Old Foresthill Rd.
Fishing licenses can be purchased at
Grant's Plumbing & Hardware store in Foresthill.
They also have some basic tackle and bait.
5945 Gold St Foresthill
Camping Near or on the North and Middle Forks:
Reservations for Lake Clementine Boat-In Campground are only taken through Reserve America (call 1-800-444-7275).
Mineral Bar Campground and Ruck-A-Chucky Campground are operated on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Camping is only allowed in the following designated areas:
(off Iowa Hill Road)
On the east side of the North Fork American River, where the Colfax Iowa Hill Road crosses the river. There are 18 designated campsites with tables, firepits, and dry toilets. No drinking water is available. A narrow paved road serves the campground. There is a 14 day camping limit. Dogs are allowed.
Directions: From Hwy 80 in Colfax exit at Canyon Way, head north on Canyon way turn right onto Iowa Hil Rd. 3 mile paved road to sites and river.
Fees: $28.00 year-round per night. One extra vehicle allowed per campsite is $10.00 per night.
(Drivers Flat Rd. off Foresthill Rd.)
Five primitive campsites are located on the north side of the river on the Placer County side.Toilets and trash cans are provided. No drinking water is available. The campground is at the end of a 2.5 mile gravel/dirt road. Vehicles with high clearance are strongly recommended. The road can be closed during inclement weather. Dogs are allowed.
Directions: From Hwy 80 exit at Foresthill Rd. Going towards Foresthill turn right onto Drivers Flat Road, a 2.5 mile dirt road down to the site and river.
No Reservation - First come, first serve
Fees: $28.00 per night. One extra vehicle allowed per campsite is $10.00 per night.
Note: Ruck-A-Chucky campground is closed in the winter.
BOAT-IN CAMPING AT LAKE CLEMENTINE
(Lake Clementine Rd. off Foresthill Rd.)
Boat-in camping in 15 primitive sites with pit-toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. Open May 1st - September 30th. Campgrounds are shortly operated on a first-come-first-serve basis from May 1-14. Starting May 15th through September 15th the campground will be done by reservation only through Reserve America. From September 16th - September 30th the campground is operated on a first-come first-served before closing for the winter. No drinking water is available and dogs are not allowed. There is a 7 day camping limit.
Directions: From Hwy 80 exit at Foresthill. Follow Foresthill Rd. 3.5 miles , then turn left at Lake Clementine Rd. Follow 2 miles down to the boat ramp. There is no vehicle access to the camp areas, which are accesible only by boat.
Fees: $38.00 per night, $10.00 boat launch, $10.00 for extra vehicle.
Note: Lake Clementine campground is closed in the winter.
Permits are available for camping in some areas outside of the designated campgrounds for those rafting the American River only from October 16th to June 31st. River Permit camping is prohibited July 1st- Oct. 15, due to high fire danger. Information and permits are available at the Auburn SRA Ranger Station, 501 El Dorado Street in Auburn.