California Whitewater



Class IV-V River Run

The Headwaters to Middle Fork Feather Wild and Scenic River (WSR) in California is a popular whitewater river run for experienced paddlers. The ideal streamflow range for this river is between 250 and 800 cubic feet per second (cfs), with the best time to run the river being in late spring to early summer when snowmelt and rain combine to create favorable river conditions.

The river is rated as a Class IV-V, which means it is challenging and requires advanced paddling skills. The segment mileage for this river run is approximately 21 miles, with the put-in at the headwaters near Lake Almanor and the take-out at the Middle Fork Feather River.

There are many specific river rapids and obstacles on this river run, including the Class V Bald Rock Canyon, which has a series of steep drops and tight turns. Other notable rapids include the Class IV Hell Hole and the Class III+ Belden Falls.

There are specific regulations in place for the Headwaters to Middle Fork Feather WSR, including a daily limit of 60 people and a permit system for commercial outfitters. Additionally, visitors are required to follow Leave No Trace principles, carry out all trash and human waste, and respect the natural and cultural resources of the area.

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Last Updated 2023-12-08
River Levels 205 cfs (6.23 ft)
Percent of Normal 63%
Reporting Streamgauge SPANISH C A QUINCY CA
Elevation 3,406 ft.
Watershed Middle Fork Feather

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