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Auburn State Recreation Area

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El Dorado Street at Old Foresthill Road
Auburn, CA 95602
60 miles northeast of Sacramento in northern California
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In the heart of the gold country, the Auburn State Recreation Area covers over 35,000 acres along 40-miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American river. Once teeming with thousands of gold miners, the area is now yields a wide variety of recreation opportunities to over 500,000 visitors a year.

Major recreational uses include hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, mountain biking, gold panning, equestrian/horseback riding trails and off-highway motorcycle riding. Whitewater recreation is also very popular on both forks of the river, with Class II, III and IV runs. Over 30 private outfitters are licensed to offer whitewater trips in Auburn SRA.

Open year-round from 7 am to 9 pm.
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Expect typical California warm/hot summers and cool wet winters. Fall and spring weather can be variable. Campgrounds often fill up during summer; advance reservations are recommended.
Basic Directions
The park, which is 20 miles long on two forks of the American River, is situated south of Interstate 80, stretching from Auburn to Colfax. The main access is from Auburn, either on Highway 49 or the Auburn-Foresthill Road.
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