Auburn SRA

State Recreation Area

Caution: Auburn State Recreation Area dirt roads

recommended for high clearance vehicles

No BBQ's will be allowed starting June 1st


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.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    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)

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (530) 885-4527

  • Region

    Gold Country


    El Dorado

  • Purchase Annual Passes


Main Office

Whitewater Recreation

Mammoth Bar



Auburn State Recreation Area
501 El Dorado Street
Auburn, CA 95603