The Sacramento River, the longest river in California, once bordered up to a half million acres of forest but has been since reduced to 25,000 acres of forestland. Known as an important estuary for California wildlife, the vast ecosystems created from the river make it a popular destination for tourists. Go fishing, boating or watch the king salmon migrate from the Pacific Ocean every spring. There is a variety of fish, birds and other wildlife in the river. The river runs west of downtown Sacramento and confluences with the American River and later joins the San Joaquin River.
San Joaquin River
The San Joaquin River is the second-longest river in California and is a major sources for the San Fransisco Bay. It helps to provide up to 22 millions of drinking water for Californians. It begins in the Sierra Nevada mountains just southeast of Yosemite National Park and flows 350 miles. It meets with the Sacramento River to form the San Fransisco Bay-Delta. Migratory birds from the Pacific Flyway, the route from Alaska to Patagonia, often inhabit the area around the river. Other wildlife, including the rare kit fox, can also be found along the river.
The American River stretches through northern California's Sierra Nevada mountain range down to Sacramento. The river is popular for its stream bed at Sutter's Mill, where gold was discovered in the 1840s. The California Gold Rush brought a large migration to the state. Trenches from failed mining operations can still be found along the river bed. The South Fork portion of the river offers whitewater rafting. The 20-mile run features nearly two dozen named rapids. The river runs through Sacramento and joins with the Sacramento River before leading into the San Francisco Bay.
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