California Whitewater



Class III River Run

The Whitewater River Run on Falls To Gold Lake Highway in California is a popular destination for whitewater rafting enthusiasts. The ideal streamflow range for this river is between 500 and 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), which can vary depending on the season. The river is classified as a class III to IV rapid, with some sections being more challenging than others. The segment mileage of the river is approximately 12 miles, starting from the Falls to Gold Lake Highway and ending at the Drum Powerhouse.

Some of the notable river rapids and obstacles in this section include the Toilet Bowl, which is a swirling rapid that can be challenging to navigate, and the S-Turns, which consist of a series of tight turns that require precise maneuvering. Other obstacles include boulders, drops, and waves, which can provide a thrilling and exhilarating experience for rafters.

There are specific regulations that apply to the Whitewater River Run, including restrictions on the use of alcohol and drugs, as well as the requirement that all participants wear appropriate safety gear, including helmets and life jackets. Additionally, there may be restrictions on the number of participants allowed on the river at any given time, so it is important to check with the local authorities before planning a rafting trip. Overall, the Whitewater River Run is an exciting and challenging destination for experienced whitewater rafters, and it is important to take all necessary safety precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Get driving directions.
Last Updated 2023-11-29
River Levels 2740 cfs (7.21 ft)
Percent of Normal 51%
Reporting Streamgauge N YUBA R BL GOODYEARS BAR CA
Elevation 2,482 ft.
Watershed Middle Fork Feather

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Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Woodcamp 20 6,140 ft
Loganville 19 4,112 ft
Snag Lake 14 6,631 ft
East Meadow 46 6,130 ft
Lakes Basin . 25 6,300 ft
Findley 15 6,178 ft
Chapman Creek 27 5,893 ft
Sardine 27 5,732 ft
Diablo 18 5,880 ft
Sierra 16 5,710 ft
Grasshopper Flat . 70 5,795 ft
Union Flat 11 3,416 ft
Little Lasier Meadow 12 6,484 ft
Yuba Pass 20 6,715 ft
Salmon Creek 32 5,784 ft
Lightning Tree . 40 5,832 ft
Pass Creek 30 6,137 ft
Fir Top 12 6,078 ft
Plumas - Eureka State Park 64 5,500 ft
Berger Creek 9 5,935 ft
Wild Plum 49 4,485 ft