Explore the mild and wild sides of the American and Potomac Rivers. The American River in California and the Potomac River, which flows through several Mid-Atlantic states, are playgrounds for their communities… and for you.
The Potomac River starts in West Virginia at a 3,060-foot elevation.
>> The mouth is at the Chesapeake Bay.
>> The river flows through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia.
>> The Potomac was the site of several Civil War battles.
>> Sign on for a wild adventure on a canoe or inner tube on its tributary of Antietam Creek.
>> Sign on for a mild adventure sailing to George Washington’s Mount Vernon home with Potomac Riverboat Company.
The American River starts on the crest of the Sierra Nevada at a 7,923-foot elevation.
>> The mouth is at the Sacramento River.
>> The river flows through California.
>> American River is where the gold rush started (1848). Pan for gold in designated areas, like the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
>> Sign on for a wild adventure on the South Fork near Coloma with Adventure Connection. Rapids are consistently class III.
>> Sign on for a mild DIY adventure at American River Raft Rentals in Sacramento.