Bear Creek is a popular whitewater river run located in the state of California. The ideal streamflow range for this river is between 300-1200 cfs, with the best time to run being during the spring and early summer months.
The class rating for Bear Creek ranges from class III to class V, depending on the segment of the river being run. The upper segment is rated at class III, while the lower segment is rated at class V due to the presence of multiple rapids and obstacles.
The total segment mileage for Bear Creek is approximately 10 miles, with the upper segment being 3 miles and the lower segment being 7 miles. The upper segment is characterized by long pools and scenic views, while the lower segment is more technical and challenging, with tight channels and steep drops.
Some of the specific rapids and obstacles on Bear Creek include The Wall, The S-Turn, The Slot, and The Notch, which require advanced paddling skills to navigate safely.
There are specific regulations in place for the area, including a permit system and a limit on the number of daily permits issued. Additionally, all paddlers must wear a helmet and a personal flotation device at all times while on the river.