American River Fishing

Species: Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Whitefish

In Mt. Rainier National Park, this moderate-sized, high-elevation river follows the Chinook Scenic Byway (SR-410) from its source at American Lake, before emptying into the Naches River. Popular for summer Cutthroat, Brook and Rainbow trout fishing and whitefish.


At the Mesatchee Creek Trail about 6 miles east of Chinook Pass off Hwy 410. Also, approximately 8 miles from Chinook Pass it is possible to bushwack and wade upstream from the Lodgepole Campground. Other access can be found along approximately 12 miles downstream to the junction of the Bumping River.