The North, Middle and South forks converge upstream of Folsom Reservoir. Below the dam, the main stem of the American River is often referred to as the “Lower American.”

As it flows through Sacramento, much of the American River’s south (river-left) shore is part of the American River Parkway. Joggers, bicyclists, walkers and families all enjoy the riverside trails and beaches of this extensive park system.

For the most part, the Lower American River is quiet and tame. But several riffles provide play spots for local Sacramento kayakers. Most popular is San Juan Rapid.

Lower American River Links

American River Parkway Foundation supports preservation, protection, enhancement and appreciation of the natural resources of the American River Parkway.

California Creeks: American River Main Stem – Access information and the scoop on playboating San Juan Rapid.