SITE OF ST FRANCIS DAM DISASTER TO SECO CANYON AT THE NF BOUNDARY
STREAMFLOW: 11 CFS
The Whitewater River Run in California is a popular destination for kayakers and rafters seeking a thrilling adventure on the water. The ideal streamflow range for this run is between 300 and 1000 cfs, which provides the perfect balance of excitement and safety for experienced paddlers.
This segment of the river has a class rating of III-V, meaning it is appropriate only for expert paddlers who are comfortable with significant rapids and obstacles. The total segment mileage is approximately 7.5 miles, and it includes some challenging rapids such as The Chute, The Maze, and The Toilet Bowl.
One of the most significant obstacles on this run is the St. Francis Dam Disaster site, which occurred in 1928. The dam was the second-largest in California at the time and failed catastrophically, killing over 400 people. Paddlers must navigate this section carefully, as there may be debris from the dam in the water.
There are specific regulations in place for the Whitewater River Run, including a requirement for personal flotation devices, helmets, and appropriate skill level for the class rating. Additionally, paddlers should be aware of the limited access points and the potential for flash floods in the area.