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
Donner C A Donner Lk Nr Truckee Ca
USGS 10338500
25 cfs 3.3 ft
Pilot C Ab Stumpy Meadows Res Ca
USGS 11431800
3 cfs 4.1 ft
Edgewood Ck At Stateline
USGS 10336760
2 cfs 3.7 ft
Kings Canyon Creek Near Carson City
USGS 10311100
1 cfs 3.7 ft
Carson River Near Carson City
USGS 10311000
237 cfs 2.6 ft
Clear Creek Near Carson City
USGS 10310500
7 cfs 1.4 ft
Hunter C Nr Reno
USGS 10347600
4 cfs 6.9 ft
Logan House Ck Nr Glenbrook
USGS 10336740
0 cfs 4.1 ft
Little Truckee R Bl Div Dam Nr Sierraville Ca
USGS 10341950
3 cfs 1.0 ft
Incline Ck Nr Crystal Bay
USGS 10336700
4 cfs 1.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Horse Meadow
SNOTEL 1050
42" 0"
Css Lab
SNOTEL 428
76" -1"
blue canyon
SNOTEL BLU
50" -1"
dagget pass
SNOTEL DAGN2
31.09" -0.3"
tahoma .5 s, ca
SNOTEL CA-ED-9
31.67" -0.15"
Independence Lake
SNOTEL 541
92" 0"
Rubicon #2
SNOTEL 724
52" 0"
Truckee #2
SNOTEL 834
44" -1"
Big Meadow
SNOTEL 340
51" 0"
Marlette Lake
SNOTEL 615
51" 0"
Blue Lakes
SNOTEL 356
47" 0"
boca
SNOTEL BOCC1
29.99" -0.12"
alpine meadows-base
SNOTEL AMBC1
61.09" -0.57"
Hagan'S Meadow
SNOTEL 508
38" -1"
susanville 3.2 ssw, ca
SNOTEL CA-LS-1
9.76" -0.02"
Tahoe City Cross
SNOTEL 809
34" 0"
Independence Creek
SNOTEL 540
32" 0"
bloods creek
SNOTEL BLCC1
57.57" -0.53"
Little Valley
SNOTEL 1242
36" 0"
Fallen Leaf
SNOTEL 473
29" 0"
alpha
SNOTEL ALPHA_MADIS
45.06" -0.34"
Burnside Lake
SNOTEL 1051
47" 0"
soda springs 1.5 ssw, ca
SNOTEL CA-PC-1
65.68" -0.47"
Echo Peak
SNOTEL 463
66" -1"
Ward Creek #3
SNOTEL 848
65" 0"
Ebbetts Pass
SNOTEL 462
50" 0"
Forestdale Creek
SNOTEL 1049
58" -1"
Mt Rose Ski Area
SNOTEL 652
82" -1"
Independence Camp
SNOTEL 539
55" 0"
black springs
SNOTEL BLSC1
56.94" -0.49"
Carson Pass
SNOTEL 1067
52" -1"
Heavenly Valley
SNOTEL 518
48" -1"
Squaw Valley G.C.
SNOTEL 784
52" -1"
blue canyon alert
SNOTEL BLUC1
50.4" -0.55"
Spratt Creek
SNOTEL 778
16" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ahart 12 5,341 ft
Sterling Lake 8 7,023 ft
Northshore 15 6,411 ft
French Meadows 75 5,330 ft
Goose Meadow 24 5,970 ft
Hell Hole 10 5,167 ft
Hampshire Rocks 30 5,921 ft
Wentworth Springs 8 6,153 ft
Donner Memorial State Park 54 5,951 ft
Lower Little Truckee 15 6,141 ft
Independence Lake 20 6,957 ft
Pleasant Dispersed 10 6,413 ft
Lewis 40 5,280 ft
Airport Flat 16 5,383 ft
Upper Little Truckee 26 6,187 ft
Sterling lake- dispersed None 7,036 ft
Gerle Creek 50 5,272 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sierra at Tahoe 66" 40° 0"
Northstar 44" 45° 0"
Donner Ski Ranch 76" 43° 0"
Alpine Meadows Ski Area 65" 41° 0"
Soda Springs 76" 43° 0"
Tahoe Donner 76" 43° 0"
Granlibakken Ski Resort 65" 41° 0"
Boreal Mountain Resort 76" 43° 0"
Squaw Valley 53" 40° 0"
Sugar Bowl Resort 44" 45° 0"
Kirkwood 52" 38° 0"
Homewood Mountain Resort 65" 41° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Tahoe City to River Ranch 85.1cfs None Mi I
Generation and Giant Gaps (Tadpole to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road) 808.0cfs 26.8 Mi IV to IV+
Royal Gorge (Soda Springs to Tadpole Creek) 249.0cfs 25.0 Mi V to V+