Royal Gorge (Soda Springs To Tadpole Creek)


The American River, North Fork begins it's life just behind Squaw Valley ski resort on the west facing slopes of the sierras.  Professional kayakers have scoped out and started adding this run to their repertoir.  The north fork is very steep and small up here and contains a handful of sizable waterfalls.  Portaging is common (even for the best kayakers) but for those who choose to run (and have the ability to) these drops can say they've completed the "Royal Flush" of the Royal Gorge.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the American River, North Fork are between a bare minimum of 750cfs and a high of 2,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 10344505, the Truckee R A Boca Bridge Nr Truckee Ca Remember only watercraft are permitted at Royal Gorge (Soda Springs to Tadpole Creek).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Upper Heath Falls
Class V to V+
Lower Heath Falls
Class V to V+
Rattlesnake Falls
Class V to V+
Scott's Drop
Class V to V+
Wabena Falls
Class V to V+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
General C Nr Meeks Bay Ca
USGS 10336645
1 cfs 0.7 ft
Truckee River Nr Mogul
USGS 10347460
35 cfs 4.5 ft
Ash Canyon Ck Nr Carson City
USGS 10311200
1 cfs 4.0 ft
Little Truckee R Ab Boca Res Nr Truckee Ca
USGS 10344400
28 cfs 0.6 ft
Little Truckee R Bl Boca Dam Nr Truckee Ca
USGS 10344500
8 cfs 0.6 ft
Spanish C Ab Blackhawk C At Keddie Ca
USGS 11402000
12 cfs 0.6 ft
Truckee R At Reno
USGS 10348000
55 cfs 2.9 ft
Logan House Ck Nr Glenbrook
USGS 10336740
0 cfs 4.1 ft
Steamboat Ck At Short Ln At Reno
USGS 10349849
5 cfs 0.1 ft
Little Truckee R Bl Div Dam Nr Sierraville Ca
USGS 10341950
3 cfs 1.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Tahoe City Cross
SNOTEL 809
1" 0"
Squaw Valley G.C.
SNOTEL 784
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Donner Memorial State Park 54 5,951 ft
Hampshire Rocks 30 5,921 ft
Airport Flat 16 5,383 ft
Hell Hole 10 5,167 ft
Sterling Lake 8 7,023 ft
Gerle Creek 50 5,272 ft
Wentworth Springs 8 6,153 ft
Lewis 40 5,280 ft
Ahart 12 5,341 ft
Lower Little Truckee 15 6,141 ft
Northshore 15 6,411 ft
Pleasant Dispersed 10 6,413 ft
Upper Little Truckee 26 6,187 ft
Goose Meadow 24 5,970 ft
Sterling lake- dispersed None 7,036 ft
Independence Lake 20 6,957 ft
French Meadows 75 5,330 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Soda Springs 0" 70° 0"
Kirkwood 0" 65° 0"
Tahoe Donner 0" 70° 0"
Sugar Bowl Resort -1" 76° 0"
Northstar -1" 76° 0"
Granlibakken Ski Resort -4" 69° 0"
Homewood Mountain Resort -4" 69° 0"
Sierra at Tahoe 0" 67° 0"
Boreal Mountain Resort 0" 70° 0"
Squaw Valley 1" 69° 0"
Donner Ski Ranch 0" 70° 0"
Alpine Meadows Ski Area -4" 69° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Generation and Giant Gaps (Tadpole to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road) 26.0cfs 26.8 Mi IV to IV+
Royal Gorge (Soda Springs to Tadpole Creek) 105.0cfs 25.0 Mi V to V+
Tahoe City to River Ranch 24.1cfs None Mi I