Join us for 1 – 4 legs of a week-long paddle-a-thon along the American River
from Coloma to the State Capital
to change the conversation about water in California.

Paddlers are welcome to bring their personal crafts (kayaks, rafts, SUP, IKs, etc) or paddle with FOR guides and volunteers. BOAT TYPE indicates the kind of craft being provided by FOR.

Leg | Date
Boat type
Leg 1 | August 5th  Chili Bar to Camp Lotus raft Camp Lotus, Lotus, CA TBA
Leg 2 | August 6th  Camp Lotus to Salmon Falls raft Camp Lotus, Lotus, CA TBA
Leg 3 | August 10th Salmon Falls to Folsom Dam thru paddlers only++ TBA Contact Coordinator for details
Leg 4 | August 11th Folsom Dam to Lower Sunrise thru paddlers only++ TBA Contact Coordinator for details
Leg 5 | August 12th  Lower Sunrise to Watt  raft/canoe  Watt Boat Ramp TBA
Leg 6 | August 13th   Watt to Camp Pollock raft/canoe  Camp Pollock TBA

++ Email the Coordinator to become a thru paddler. **Subject to change.


  • To be announced 

Registration opens soon!

Each paddler registers for the 1-4 days.

We challenge each paddler to raise $250 per paddle day to using their own customizable EveryDay Hero page!

Follow this link to build your own in 3 easy steps!

We’re organizing this event to POINT POSITIVE to resilient water solutions. Together, we’ll send a message to our state leaders that we can meet our water needs without destroying our rivers!

(“Point positive” means the guide only points to where they want people to go (not towards hazards.)

Our goal is to raise $15,000 through P2C to support these solutions.     

Paddling the Lower American River, Sacramento
  • Getting our leaders out to experience rivers first-hand and learn more about what we can do to save them.
  • California Rivers Day—an event that brings more than twenty river groups to Sacramento to give rivers a strong voice in the Capitol.
  • The River Advocacy Training School—FOR’s program to train the next generation of river advocates across the state.



Paddling down the American River to the Capital visibly demonstrates how our rivers connect us and builds support for better stewardship of this shared resource. Rivers, the lifeblood of our communities from the Sierra to the Sea, have been severely degraded for more than a century. Today, climate change is fueling increasingly severe drought that will push them beyond their ability to give.




Paddler Resources–


canoe paddle.3If you have questions, please email us or call (916) 442-3155 x223.