Lower American River, Sacramento

4.8
#11 of 15 in Outdoors in Sacramento
The American River is a 120-mile-long river in California that runs from the Sierra Nevada mountain range to its confluence with the Sacramento River in the Sacramento Valley. Via the Sacramento River, it is part of the San Francisco Bay watershed. This river is fed by the melting snowpack of the Sierra Nevada and its many headwaters and tributaries, including the North Fork American River, the Middle Fork American River, and the South Fork American River.The American river is known for the discovery of gold at Coloma in 1848 that started the California Gold Rush and contributed to the initial large-scale settlement of California by European immigrants. Today, the river still has high quality water, and it is the main source of drinking water for Sacramento. This river is dammed extensively for irrigation, flood control, and hydroelectric power. The American River watershed supports Mediterranean, temperate, and montane ecosystems, and it is the home of a diverse array of fish and wildlife.HistoryThe Maidu, Miwok, Nisenan, and Wintun peoples inhabited the American River in Sacramento for at least 5,000 years before Spaniards and Americans settled the region, although human habitation in Northern California is believed to date back as much as 12,000 years. They utilized the vast amount of resources of the American River for shelter, clothes, baskets, and other goods before Europeans arrived in the late 18th century. The Nisenan called the river Kum Mayo, meaning "roundhouse river".
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  • American River is one of the Sacramento River. Area of the river is in the park or kept natural, ideal for walks. During your stay we walked along the River Trail.
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  • The American & Sacramento Rivers converge at Discovery Park, just North of downtown Sac. The Sacramento is fast moving and muddy but where to go to ski or Jetski. The American conversely is clear, fla...  more »
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  • Rich water. As I drank, a shimmering glare caught my attention. The gold-panners looked at me, and I at them. We formed a treaty. They were to call me by my first name, and I wouldn't drink their gold.
  • fishing is good

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