California Whitewater



Class III-V River Run

The Whitewater River run from Gold Lake Dam to Falls in California is a popular destination for whitewater enthusiasts. The ideal streamflow range for this run is between 500 and 1,500 cfs. The class rating for this section of the river is class III to IV, with some sections reaching class V during high water.

This section of the river covers approximately 8 miles, with several challenging rapids and obstacles. One of the most notable rapids is "Chamberlain Falls," which is a class IV rapid that features a steep chute followed by a large drop. Other rapids include "Meatgrinder" and "Limestone Rapid," both of which require skillful maneuvering and precise line choices.

It's important to note that this section of the river is heavily regulated, primarily due to the presence of endangered species such as steelhead trout. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has established strict regulations regarding fishing and boating in the area, including a prohibition on the use of lead tackle.

Overall, the Gold Lake Dam to Falls section of the Whitewater River provides a challenging and exciting adventure for experienced whitewater enthusiasts. However, it's important to follow all regulations and safety guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Get driving directions.
Last Updated 2023-11-30
River Levels 2740 cfs (7.21 ft)
Percent of Normal 55%
Reporting Streamgauge N YUBA R BL GOODYEARS BAR CA
Elevation 2,482 ft.
Watershed Middle Fork Feather

Nearby Camping
Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Woodcamp 20 6,140 ft
Plumas - Eureka State Park 64 5,500 ft
Findley 15 6,178 ft
Pass Creek 30 6,137 ft
Fir Top 12 6,078 ft
Little Lasier Meadow 12 6,484 ft
Chapman Creek 27 5,893 ft
Wild Plum 49 4,485 ft
Lightning Tree . 40 5,832 ft
Sierra 16 5,710 ft
Diablo 18 5,880 ft
Salmon Creek 32 5,784 ft
East Meadow 46 6,130 ft
McMurray Numerous 5,880 ft
Sardine 27 5,732 ft
Loganville 19 4,112 ft
Union Flat 11 3,416 ft
Snag Lake 14 6,631 ft
Berger Creek 9 5,935 ft
Lakes Basin . 25 6,300 ft