FROM ITS HEADWATERS IN SEC. 7, T4S, R1E, HM TO TO JUNCTION WITH N. FORK IN SEC. 32, T3S, R1E, HM
STREAMFLOW: 37 CFS
Class III-IV River Run
The Whitewater River Run in California begins in Sec. 7, T4S, R1E, Hm and flows for approximately 30 miles until it joins the North Fork in Sec. 32, T3S, R1E, Hm. The ideal streamflow range for this river is between 150-800 cubic feet per second (cfs) and the river is rated as a class III-IV, making it suitable for intermediate to advanced paddlers. The segment mileage varies depending on the put-in and take-out locations, with popular runs ranging from 4-10 miles.
The river features several notable rapids and obstacles, including the infamous "Dogleg" rapid which features a sharp turn and large boulder. Other notable features include "Pinball" and "Kurt's Corner." Paddlers should be prepared for technical rapids, tight turns, and potentially hazardous strainers.
Specific regulations for the area include a permit requirement for commercial guiding and limitations on group size. The river is also closed to boating during certain times of the year to protect spawning fish populations. Visitors should always check with local authorities for up-to-date information on regulations and closures.