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Auburn State Recreation Area

Phone Number

(530) 885-4527

Park Hours

Auburn Sector Office hours 8am to 4pm M-F excluding holidays

Day Use - 7am to sunset, year round

*$10 Day Use Fee (per vehicle) is required in most areas.

Vehicles Gate Access - 8am to sunset
- Mammoth Bar OHV (temporarily closed)
- Upper Lake Clementine (Opens May 1st-subject to change due to road conditions)

Seasonal Road Closures, weather permitting
- China Bar - Road open Fridays through Mondays 8am to sunset. Dirt road to Oregon Bar closed in inclement weather. 
- Drivers Flat (Open Now)
- Ruck-A-Chucky (Open Now)
- Sliger Mine Road (Open Now)
- Upper Lake Clementine *Opening soon*

Driving Directions to Auburn SRA

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.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.



On September 4th at approximately 3pm a fire started along Sliger Mine Road in Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA). There are still active fire suppression operations in the Sliger Mine Road Area, however the fire no longer poses a threat. On September 7th all previously closed areas will be reopened to the public with the exception of Sliger Mine Road, which will remain closed for the season. Anyone with information about the cause of the fire is urged to call State Parks Dispatch at (916) 358-1300.


On August 2nd a bat was located and handled by several people at the Mineral Bar Campground. The bat later tested positive for rabies. Anyone who handled the bat is urged to contact their health care provider immediately and the Department of Public Health in the county in which they reside.  Click here to view the press release.


Due to fire danger, all solid fuel (e.g. wood and charcoal) portable cooking equipment are prohibited in Auburn State Recreation Area annually July 1 through October 31. Pressurized liquid fuel cooking devices may only be used in areas without flammable material 15 feet in all directions. The exception to this order allows for solid fuel cooking devices in a legally occupied campsite (currently only the Mineral Bar Campground is open) and requires all used fuel/ash to be deposited into the existing fire rings.

Campfires are allowed only in fire rings provided by Auburn State Recreation Area at the Mineral Bar Campground at this time.

Mammoth Bar Update
Mammoth Bar is partially re-opened for OHV use.  For more information click here Mammoth Bar OHV web site.

Ponderosa Road Closure

Ponderosa Road Closed from the Foresthill side down to the bridge is CLOSED due road conditions. The Colfax side is open and high clearance vehicles are recommended. 

Seasonal Access

Upper Lake Clementine *Closed for the 2018 Season with no vehicle access

Lower Lake Clementine Boat-In Campground *Closed for the 2018 season

Ruck-A-Chucky Campground *Closed for the 2018 season with no vehicle access

The back half of Mineral Bar Campground *Closed

China Bar *Open Fridays through Mondays - 8am to sunset year round

Cherokee Bar/ Sliger Mine Rd. *Due to the recent Sliger Fire, this area will remain closed for the 2018 season with no vehicle access

Additional Visitor Services

Birdsall Road and Boat Launch Closed Indefinitely

Due to a landslide on portions of Birdsall Road and boat launch area, the area has been closed to all public entry. The closed area is approximately .58 mile east of the beginning of Birdsall Road to the North Fork of the American River and includes vessel launching and take out. The next available river take out is approximately 1.25 miles downstream at Oregon Bar. 


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.

In the heart of the gold country, the Auburn State Recreation Area (Auburn SRA) covers 40-miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American river. Once teeming with thousands of gold miners, the area is now a natural area offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities to over 900,000 visitors a year.

Major recreational uses include hiking, river access, boating, fishing, camping, mountain biking, gold panning, limited hunting, 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, IV, and V runs. Over 30 -private outfitters are licensed to offer whitewater trips in Auburn SRA.

Auburn SRA is made up of mainly federal lands. California State Parks administers the area under a managing partner with the US Bureau of Reclamation.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

Summer temperatures here average from high~80s to mid~90s, and winters are wet, with highs in the mid~50s and lows in 30s and low~40s. Dress in layers, and bring rain gear between October and April.

Natural Resources

Auburn State Recreation Area has richly varied natural habitats.
Riparian habitat- White alders, willows, Fremont cottonwoods and creek dogwoods line the rivers and stream banks.
Chaparral and foothill woodland- South facing upper canyon walls support chaparral-small, drought resistant trees and shrubs. Poison oak grows in the foothill woodlands community, as well buckeyes, interior live oaks, blue oaks, manzanita, deer brush and toyon.
Mixed conifer- Ponderosa pines, Douglas-fir, California black oaks and madrone cover the north facing upper canyon walls.
All habitats bloom in spring with acres of wildflowers such as monkey flowers, fiddleneck, Indian paintbrush, larkspur, lupine and brodiaea.
Park Wildlife- Black tailed deer and rabbits can be seen during the daylight hours, while raccoons, opossums, gray foxes and coyotes rule the night. Black bears, rattlesnakes, mountain lions and bobcats live in the park. The riparian habitat host California quail and canyon wrens. Red tailed hawks and bald eagles soar overhead, seeking their next meal.

Gold Panning Regulations

The Auburn SRA allows gold panning using the “hands and pans” method. Please abide by the following regulations when collecting minerals:

Panning for gold is considered to be “rockhounding” as the term is applied in the Department. The goldpan is the only exception permitted to the exclusion of tools from rockhounding in a unit (T-14 CCR 4611 (i))

Rockhounding is the recreational gathering of stones and minerals found occurring naturally on the undisturbed surface of the land, including panning for gold in the natural water-washed gravel beds of streams (T-14 CCR 4301(v)).

Tools and equipment may not be used in rockhounding, except gold pans. Rocks or minerals gathered may not be sold or used commercially for the production of profit. One person may gather no more than 15 pounds of mineral material per day. Historic and prehistoric or archeological specimens may not be gathered. In state recreation areas rockhounding is limited to beaches which lie within the jurisdiction of the Department and within the wave action zone on lakes, bays, reservoirs, or on the ocean, and to the beaches or gravel bars which are subject to annual flooding on streams. Rockhounding is limited to within the wave action zones of lakes and streams. Muddy water from panning must not be visible more than 20 feet from the panning operation (T-14 CCR 4307, 4308, & 4611).

If you have any questions, please call the Auburn SRA office for more information.

Please Remember

Carry a trail map, and be aware of the park's steep canyons and extreme heat during the summer.

All natural and cultural features of the park are protected by law and must not be removed or disturbed.

Do not hike alone. Wear long pants and be alert for ticks.

Watch out for mountain lions, rattlesnakes, and black bears.

Poison oak grows throughout the park.

Pets must be under control and on a leash no longer than six feet. They must be enclosed in a tent or vehicle at night.

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Volunteer Trail Work Days


Auburn State Recreation Area

 FALL 2018 / WINTER 2019



UPDATED : 10/17/2018


 -Dates and work sites subject to change at any time according to weather conditions-


















Drivers Flat Rd.





Drivers Flat Rd.


Drainage Maintenance



Mammoth Bar


Drainage Maintenance



Mammoth Bar


Drainage Maintenance



Old Foresthill Rd. (Shortcut Trail )


Open ( Backup Date)





Open (Holiday)





Open (Backup Date)





Brushing / Tread work / Switchbacks

WST (Peachstone)


Foresthill – Alton Trail


Brushing / Tread work

WST (Fords Bar)


Foresthill - Alton Trail


Brushing / Tread work

WST (Canyon Creek)


RAC Campground (Gate 101)


Armor ‘S’ Turn



Fuel Break Trail- East Gate

Gate 146


Drainage / Tread work


( Steep segment)


Mammoth Bar / Grizzly House


Maintain Trail Width / Berm Removal





Maintain Trail Width / Berm Removal





Brushing / Tread work



Cherokee Bar – Gate 163








 *Pending Approval


































 -Dates and work sites subject to change at any time according to weather conditions-



Available Activities and Facilities at Auburn State Recreation Area

Family Campsites
Primitive Camping
Boat-in/Floating Camps
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Off-Highway Vehicles
Beach Area
Vista Point
Family Programs