California Whitewater



Class III River Run

The Whitewater River Run from Headwaters to Slate Reservoir in California is a popular destination for river enthusiasts. The ideal streamflow range for this run is between 500 and 1,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), which provides Class III and IV rapids. The run is approximately 10 miles long and features several challenging rapids, including Fishtail, Sledgehammer, and Triple Threat.

One of the most significant obstacles on this run is the Fishtail rapid, which is a narrow chute with a tricky entrance that requires precise maneuvering. The Sledgehammer rapid features a steep drop that requires careful navigation, while Triple Threat is a series of three consecutive rapids that require skill and precision to navigate.

There are specific regulations that visitors must follow when on this river run. All participants are required to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times, and alcohol use is strictly prohibited. In addition, visitors are not allowed to camp or build fires within 300 feet of the river, and they must pack out all trash and waste.

Overall, the Whitewater River Run from Headwaters to Slate Reservoir is a challenging and exciting destination for experienced river runners. With the ideal streamflow range, Class III and IV rapids, and specific regulations in place, visitors can enjoy a safe and exhilarating adventure on this beautiful California river. 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 Upper Yuba

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