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Auburn State Recreation Area

Contact Information

(530) 885-4527

Park Hours

Day Uses - 7am to sunset, year round

Vehicles Gate Access - 8am to sunset
- Mammoth Bar OHV
- Upper Lake Clementine
- China Bar

Seasonal Road Closures, weather permitting
- China Bar (10/1-5/15) Road only open on Saturday, Sunday and holidays for vechicle access otherwise gate is closed. Plese plan accordingly when rafting/take out.
- Drivers Flat (10/15 - 4/15)
- Ruck-A-Chucky (10/15 - 4/15)
- Sliger Mine Road (10/15 - 4/15)
- Upper Lake Clementine (10/15 - 4/15)

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.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Online Reservations

Brochures and Campground Maps

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


Notice!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will conduct a dam safety inspection of the downstream side of the North Fork Dam near Auburn Oct. 31 - Nov. 5, and will temporarily reduce water levels at Lake Clementine in the Auburn State Recreation Area  to safely perform the inspection.

As of Oct. 31, California State Parks has temporarily closed the boat launch ramp located on Lake Clementine Road while water levels remain low. The boat ramp is expected to be available within a week or two after the inspection depending on inflows. The Department manages recreation at Lake Clementine. For further details on the boat ramp closure look for updates on this web page or call (530) 885-4527.

The Corps inspection is routine maintenance to evaluate the base of the dam for erosion and is being conducted at this time of year to minimally impact water flows. North Fork Dam is managed by the Corps and was constructed in 1939 with the primary purpose of controlling debris and sediment. For more information about the inspection, contact the Corps at 916-557-5100.

Caution

Auburn State Recreation Area dirt roads. Recommended for high clearance vehicles

No BBQ's will be allowed starting June 1st

Location

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

Typical California warm/hot summers and cool wet winters. Fall and spring weather can be variable.


Available Activities and Facilities at Auburn State Recreation Area

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Family Campsites
Boat-in/Floating Camps
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Off-Highway Vehicles
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available