This website was created in March, 2003. It inherited a wealth of information from the South Fork section of the Coloma Valley site, which has been in operation since 1995, and over time we have been adding information about the other forks and the main stem of the American, recreational paddling opportunities on the many lakes in the American River watershed, other recreation such as fishing, hiking and bicycling, and other topics including conservation and natural history. If you have photographs or information you’d like to share, please contact us.

Both The Coloma Valley and The American River are joint projects of the Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce and Donna McMaster.

For website design and development, photography and content credits, see Website Credits.

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