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River Management

South Fork American River 

The South Fork of the American River, below Chili Bar Dam to Salmons Falls, is managed by El Dorado County Parks and Trails Division of the Chief Administrative Office. 

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Clear property or secure items that may get washed away by possible high water. 

The Division of Boating and Waterways has information on how to prepare for these cold and fast water dangers. You can learn more by accessing that information here:  Winter & Spring Storm Boating and Marina Safety (


For canoes, boards, rafts, kayaks, rowboats, paddleboats, inflatables, sculls, and other non-motorized recreational watercraft:20210507_101054_2.jpg

CLEAN off visible aquatic plants, animals, and mud from watercraft, gear, paddles, floats, ropes, anchors, dip nets, and trailer before leaving water access. Scrub hull using a stiff brush.  Rinse watercraft, trailer and equipment with high pressure hot water, when possible.  

DRAIN water from watercraft, sponges, bailers, and water containing devices before leaving water access.

DRY everything five days or more, unless otherwise required by local or state laws, when moving between waters to kill small species not easily seen OR wipe with a towel before reuse.

Education, Information, and Safety is our focus. Sharing ways for river access with residents and visiting river recreation enthusiasts. 

​News and Visitor Information
​River Management Plan

South Fork of the American River

Visit El Dorado County

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River Map - South Fork Upper Canyon

River Map - South Fork Lower Canyon

2018 River Management Plan

How will the River Management Plan affect private boaters? 

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