California Whitewater

HIGHWAY 70 CROSSING TO LAKE OROVILLE


STREAMFLOW: 143 CFS

Class III-IV River Run

The Whitewater River Run from Highway 70 Crossing to Lake Oroville in California is a popular destination for whitewater enthusiasts. The ideal streamflow range for this section of the river is between 500-1500 cfs, providing a thrilling ride through Class III-IV rapids. The segment mileage is approximately 9 miles, taking around 4-6 hours to complete.

One of the most notable rapids on this run is the infamous "Meatgrinder," a Class IV drop that requires precise maneuvering. Other obstacles include "Cresta" and "Outback," both Class III rapids that offer fun waves and holes to play in.

There are specific regulations in place for this area, including a required permit for commercial outfitters and restrictions on certain sections of the river during spawning season for salmon and steelhead. It is important for all visitors to follow Leave No Trace principles and pack out all trash to preserve the natural beauty of the area.

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HIGHWAY 70 CROSSING TO LAKE OROVILLE
Last Updated 2023-12-09
River Levels 299 cfs (1.43 ft)
Percent of Normal 59%
Reporting Streamgauge BUTTE C NR CHICO CA
Elevation 343 ft.
River
Watershed North Fork Feather

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