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American River - california
20th of April
Streamflow 7660 cfs
Average 2000 cfs
Runnable Min 800 cfs
Runnable Max 6000 cfs
Gradient 4 FPM
Length 11 Miles
Class II- to II
Current Weather 85° Sunny


Sunrise Avenue to Watt Avenue is currently TOO HIGH to be paddled with large holes and dangerous drops. We don't recommended paddling Sunrise Avenue To Watt Avenue today. Paddlers are advised to exercise caution with streamflow levels at 7660cfs, about 283% above the average runnable rate of 2000cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the American River between a bare minimum of 800cfs and a high of 6000cfs.

This class II- to II journey is accessible from 3 different boat launch points along the American River. Paddlers should prepare for the 1 class II- to II whitewater rapids along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Sunrise Avenue To Watt Avenue are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at American R A Fair Oaks Ca. Weather on the river today will be sunny, with a high near 85. calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Seasonal Flow Status: 193% Above Average

With a 7660cfs streamflow rate, Sunrise Avenue To Watt Avenue is currently above its 2611cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 193%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 523cfs in 2014, and a high of 7660cfs seen in 2019. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 11446500

Hourly Forecast: 85° Today, Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. South wind around 10 mph. to sunny, with a high near 88. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 72° - 88°

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS66 KSTO 191034 AFDSTO Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Sacramento CA 334 AM PDT Fri Apr 19 2019 .SYNOPSIS... Chance of showers and thunderstorms across Norcal late today through Saturday. Snow levels generally above major pass levels. Cooler Saturday then fair skies and normal temperatures Sunday through mid week. Slight chance of showers northern mountains by the end of the week. && .DISCUSSION... Fair skies over the forecast area this morning under upper level ridging over the western U.S. Temperatures are running a few to several degrees higher than 24 hours ago after a few to several degree climb in highs on Thursday. Upper ridge axis shifts eastward today as a weak trough drops out of the Gulf of Alaska. Increased onshore flow and slight airmass cooling will bring a little cooling today but daytime highs will remain well above normal. Models still paint some light precipitation over the coast range by 00z this afternoon spreading westward overnight. MU cape progs showing enough instability for a thunderstorm threat through the evening hours until daytime surface heating drops off. Main upper trough drops southeast through Norcal on Saturday. This will bring shower chances southward to about Sacramento with enough instability for return chances of thunderstorms. Cooler air associated with the trough will bring a significant drop in daytime temperatures with highs forecast at or a little below normal. Upper ridge begins building in late Saturday night with an end to any shower threat expected by Sunday morning. Fair skies and warming put daytime highs back to several degrees above normal by Sunday afternoon. More warming expected on Monday as the upper ridge builds along the west coast with daytime highs back to 10 to 15 degrees above normal. && .EXTENDED DISCUSSION (Tuesday THROUGH Friday) Not much change to the extended forecast this morning as model guidance continues to support high pressure building over the area. We`ll see another warm week with high temperatures featuring the 80s for the Valley while the ridges top in the 60s and 70s. The warmest days look to be Tuesday and Wednesday with temperatures ...

Whitewater Rapids and Obstacles

Obstacle Summary Class Elevation
El Manto Rapid

At higher water this is a great play spot for Kayakers.  If the water is high enough you can do cartwheels and flips without worrying about hitting the ledges on the bottom of the river.  Close parking access makes this a great park n play spot if the water levels are right.

Scout from the bank or read and run
III- to III 59.1 Feet

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