Lake Clementine Spillway Falls

Auburn, California 95604

Lake Clementine Spillway Falls

Lake Clementine Spillway Falls Professional Review and Guide

"There’ll be some quibbling, but if a waterfall is defined as falling water, this fine spill out of Lake Clementine, reached via an easy out-and-back hike along the North Fork American River, definitely qualifies.

Not every dam spillway looks like a waterfall. Sometimes the water shoots from a tunnel; sometimes it is sluiced down one side of the dam face or the other. In the case of Lake Clementine, however, the spillway can only be described as a fall—a block or sheet waterfall, in fact, in the tradition of Niagara Falls, albeit not nearly as spectacular."

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Trail Information

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5-7 hours
Auburn State Recreation Area, 501 El Dorado St., Auburn, CA 95603-4949; (530) 885-4527;
Local Contacts
USGS Auburn CA; Auburn State Recreation Area brochure available at recreation headquarters on CA 49 and online at The interpretive guide put together by the Auburn State Recreation Area Canyon Keepers is also a helpful resource. Keyed to posts along the trail, it provides information about the natural and human history of the route.
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Jul 2018