American River

river in the United States of America

The American River is a river in northern California in the United States. It is a tributary of the Sacramento River. The river starts in the Sierra Nevada and flows west through the city of Sacramento. The river is 31 miles (50 kilometres) long with a watershed of 2,200 square miles (5,600 square kilometres).

American River
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The American River near Fair Oaks
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Map of the American River watershed. It includes the North, Middle, and South forks of the river as well as Rubicon River, a tributary of the Middle Fork.
Location
CountriesUnited States
Physical characteristics
Source 
 - locationSierra Nevada
MouthSacramento River
Length31 miles (50 km)
Basin size2,150 square miles (5,568 km2)
Discharge 
 - average3,700 cubic feet (104 m3)

Folsom Dam and Folsom Lake are located on the American river east of Sacramento.

TributariesEdit