Description - The Gold Country Region lies to the west of the Sierra Nevadas in northern California. It features one state park, two state recreation areas, and ten state historic parks.
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The American River within Auburn SRA
- Here is the heart of California's mining roots. Rivers, canyons, lakes, and reservoirs offer outstanding recreation opportunities. The Gold Country Region features one state park, two state recreation areas, and ten state historic parks. It includes Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, one of the most popular recreational lakes in the state. One of the world's finest railroad museums, and the opportunity to travel by steam through unspoiled countryside are also among the attractions here.
Recreation - Activities at the state park sites in this region include: swimming, boating, fishing, windsurfing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, picnicking, and camping.
Climate - Gold County generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.
The Gold Country Region is located along the west slope of the Sierra Nevadas in central and northern California. The area lies to the east of Sacramento. The main highways accessing this region are Interstate 80 and US 50 running east/west, and California 49 running north/south.