A wide variety of land and water-based recreational opportunities are available in the Middle Fork American River Watershed, including camping, hiking, equestrian use, sightseeing, swimming, picnicking, hunting, flat water boating, whitewater boating, fishing, dredging, gold panning, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding.
This watershed area encompasses portions of the Tahoe National Forest, Eldorado National Forest, and Auburn State Recreation Areas, which includes various recreation facilities such as campgrounds, day-use and picnic areas, boat ramps, scenic vistas, hiking and equestrian trails, OHV staging areas and trails, river access for whitewater boating, and snowmobile and cross-county snow trails.
The recreational area map highlights the primary recreational opportunities. Although snowbound in winter, French Meadows Reservoir Area and Hell Hole Reservoir Area attract great numbers of outdoor enthusiasts from Memorial Day weekend through early October.
Download a copy of PCWA's Exploring the Middle Fork American River Watershed brochure, which highlights recreational opportunies and activities in the Middle Fork American River Watershed. Note, this is a large PDF file.