California Whitewater



Class V-IV River Run

The whitewater river run from Slate Reservoir to North Yuba River in California is a popular destination for thrill-seekers and experienced paddlers. The ideal streamflow range for this run is between 400-1000 cfs. This segment covers a distance of approximately 13 miles and has a class rating of III-V, making it suitable for advanced paddlers.

The run includes several challenging rapids and obstacles such as Staircase, an intense class V rapid, and Devil's Fiddle, a technical class IV rapid that requires precise maneuvering. The run also features several drops, chutes, and boulder gardens that require careful navigation.

It is important to note that this stretch of river is subject to regulation and permit requirements. The North Yuba River is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and requires a permit for commercial use. Additionally, all paddlers must adhere to California boating laws and regulations, including wearing a personal flotation device and carrying proper safety equipment.

In conclusion, the Slate Reservoir to North Yuba River run in California offers an exhilarating whitewater experience for advanced paddlers. With its challenging rapids and technical obstacles, paddlers must have the skills and experience to navigate this stretch of river safely. Permits and regulations must also be closely followed to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Get driving directions.
Last Updated 2023-12-08
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 Upper Yuba

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Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Rocky Rest 10 2,324 ft
Black Rock Tent(Family ) 20 5,052 ft
South Yuba 16 2,621 ft
Tooms RV Numerous 5,049 ft
Cal Ida 19 2,679 ft
Golden Trout Crossing 5 4,002 ft
Little Beaver 120 5,066 ft
Indian Valley 22 2,329 ft
Dark Day 15 1,955 ft
Garden Point 20 1,945 ft
Sly Creek 23 3,554 ft
Bullards Lakeshore 60 2,082 ft
Running Deer 40 5,169 ft
Fiddle Creek 18 2,281 ft
Red Feather 60 5,055 ft
Frenchy Point 9 1,958 ft
Carlton Flat 26 2,272 ft
Peninsula Tent (Family ) 25 5,033 ft
Wyandotte 28 5,060 ft