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American River
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The American River near Fair Oaks
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.
Countries United States
Physical characteristics
Main source Sierra Nevada
River mouth Sacramento River
Length 31 miles (50 km)
Basin features
Basin size 2,150 square miles (5,568 km2)

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).

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


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