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American River

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The American River in California is known for its whitewater rapids, and as the location of Sutter's Mill (where gold was found, leading to the California Gold Rush). It runs from the Sierra Nevada mountains through Sacramento and flows into the Sacramento River on its way to San Francisco Bay.

The American River is divided into three forks before they reach their confluence in Folsom Lake and are popular for their verdant canyons, fishing and white water rafting. Below Folsom Lake, the river passes through an urbanized area but is buffered by a riparian park that runs from Folsom Lake to the river's confluence with the Sacramento River.

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