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Auburn State Recreation Area

501 El Dorado Street

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. 


Mountain Man

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017
Years ago their was a lot less people coming here but now they come by the thousands daily. At least they congregate to the more accessible areas thank God! I know all the hidden nook's and crannies around here so I'm able to go places where you hardly see a single person for hours on end. I will not ever disclose the beautiful places I've discovered here but I will encourage you to seek them out yourself. You will not be disappointed! In fact your soul will become enriched and the call of nature will beckon you to come back time and time again.

Kyle Castleman

Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
This is a wonderful location to hike, climb, or just take in the sights. There are several hikes available that take you in all directions. You can pay to park in the designated areas, or you can find a spot to park on the street. Just make sure to check for street signs, because there are a lot of places on the street that are illegal to park in.

John Cameron

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
Great area for recreation and photography, I spent most of my childhood at the river below the Foresthill bridge and also up at Clementine. Plenty of locations for hiking, swimming, fishing and more surrounding this area. Canyon fog in the fall months make for awesome views.


Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017
Excellent views, plenty of trails, and if you're into the movie xXx this is also where they launched the red Corvette off the bridge. Bottom line is that I love coming here to hike and drive is extremely scenic. It's a must do!

freedom neverends

Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017
Super nice nature place to get out for a weekend afternoon. Dip your body in a crystal clear and cold waters of the American river.. bring cash for parking fees.

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