The whitewater river run from Rock Creek Dam to Cresta Reservoir in California is a popular adventure for experienced rafters. The ideal streamflow range for this segment is between 600-1500 cubic feet per second (cfs), which provides exciting rapids and a challenging run. The segment has a class rating of III-IV, indicating that it requires intermediate to advanced skills and experience.
The segment mileage is approximately 8.5 miles, which takes approximately 4-5 hours to complete. There are several specific river rapids and obstacles throughout the segment, including the Meatgrinder, the Chute, and the Pipeline. The Meatgrinder is a challenging rapid with a technical entrance, while the Chute is a narrow channel with a steep drop. The Pipeline is a series of small drops and waves that require precise maneuvering.
Some specific regulations to the area include the requirement of a permit to access the river, which can be obtained through the Plumas National Forest website. Additionally, all rafters must wear a personal flotation device (PFD) and helmets are highly recommended. The use of alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited on the river, and rafters are responsible for leaving no trace and preserving the natural beauty of the area.