Middle Fork American River at French Meadows Inlet

Rafting

If you want to raft on a gorgeous wilderness river, check out the Middle Fork American River. Placer County Water Agency facilities provide excellent rafting access on the Middle Fork for experienced and novice rafting enthusiasts alike.

The Indian Bar rafting access and parking area near Oxbow Powerhouse supports whitewater rafting. Several independent rafting companies provide opportunities for rafting at any level. Please follow their safety rules and regulations.

Placer County Water Agency releases flows for an additional four days during the recreation season for a Class II rafting run. This is a Class II-level trip with straightforward rapids and wide, clear channels to navigate. Beginning at the confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the American River, this rafting run is calmer than our other more advanced-level trips and ideal for beginner and novice boaters.

The Class IV run is a more advanced 15-mile run that puts in at the Indian Bar access at Oxbow Powerhouse. These more powerful, but predictable rapids require more precise boat handling in turbulent water and is an exhilarating adventure with gorgeous scenery.

The current water year has been designated as below normal as of May 26, 2022. For more information on recreational flow releases and schedule see our Water Year Type page.

Scheduled Weekday Class IV Run Recreation Flow Releases
1.Flow compliance measured at the Middle Fork American River near Foresthill USGS Gage (No. 11433300).
2.One of the days during this week is used for the Class II Run (Confluence) boating.
Water Year TypeFlow Magnitude (cfs) 1TimingJune - Labor DayAfter Labor Day - Sept 30
Wet10003 hrs (9 am - 12 pm)5 (M, T, W, Th, F)4 (T, W, Th, F
Above Normal10003 hrs (9 am - 12 pm)5 (M, T, W, Th, F)3 (T, W, F)
Below Normal10003 hrs (9 am - 12 pm)4 (T, W, Th, F)3 (T, W, F)
Dry10003 hrs (8 am - 11 am)3 (T, W, F) except for Friday before Labor Day and Memorial Day22 (W, F)
Critical10003 hrs (8 am - 11 am)2 (W, F) except for Memorial Day2--
Extreme Critical10003 hrs (8 am - 11 am)1 (W)--
Scheduled Weekend Class IV Run Recreation Flow Releases
1.Flow compliance measured at the Middle Fork American River near Foresthill USGS Gage (No. 11433300).
2.This Sunday is used for Class II Run (Confluence) boating.
Water Year TypeFlow Magnitude (cfs) 1TimingSaturday before Memorial Day - Labor DayAfter Labor Day - Sept 30
Wet10004 hrs (8 am - 12 pm)Saturdays & SundaysSaturdays & Sundays
Above Normal10004 hrs (8 am - 12 pm)Saturdays & SundaysSaturdays & Sundays
Below Normal10004 hrs (8 am - 12 pm)Saturdays (except for Western States 100 and Tevis Cup Race Days) & SundaysSaturdays & Sundays
Dry10003 hrs (8:30 am - 11:30 am)Saturdays (except for Western States 100 and Tevis Cup Race Days) & Sundays (except one Sunday in July)2Saturdays & Sundays
Critical10003 hrs (8:30 am - 11:30 am)Saturdays (except for Western States 100 and Tevis Cup Race Days) & Sundays (except one Sunday in July)2Saturdays
Extreme Critical10003 hrs (8:30 am - 11:30 am)Saturdays (except for Western States 100 and Tevis Cup Race Days)--
Scheduled Class II Run (Confluence) Recreation Flow Releases
1.Flow compliance measured at the Middle Fork American River near Foresthill USGS Gage (No. 11433300).
WeekdaysWeekends
Water Year TypeFlow Magnitude (cfs) 1TimingMemorial Day - Labor DaySaturday before Memorial Day - June 30July 1 - Labor DayAfter Labor Day - Sept 30
Wet8005 hrs (3 am - 8 am)----Saturdays2 Saturdays per month
Above Normal8005 hrs (3 am - 8 am)----Saturdays2 Saturdays per month
Below Normal8004 hrs (4 am - 8 am)--2 Saturdays per Month2 Saturdays per Month1 Saturday per month
Dry10003 hrs (4 am - 7 am)Memorial Day and Friday before Labor DayWestern States 100 Race Day1 Sunday in July and Tevis Cup Race Day--
Critical10003 hrs (4 am - 7 am)Memorial DayWestern States 100 Race Day1 Sunday in July and Tevis Cup Race Day--
Extreme Critical10003 hrs (4 am - 7 am)--Western States 100 Race DayTevis Cup Race Day--

Useful Rafting Links

Maps

Middle Fork Project Recreation Brochure Map

Middle Fork Project Recreation Brochure Map

Indian Bar River Access

Indian Bar River Access

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