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
West Fork Carson River At Woodfords
USGS 10310000
87 cfs 10.7 ft
Spanish C Ab Blackhawk C At Keddie Ca
USGS 11402000
100 cfs 2.0 ft
Dog Creek At Verdi
USGS 10347310
2 cfs 2.5 ft
Upper Truckee R At Hwy 50 Above Meyers Ca
USGS 103366092
69 cfs 6.0 ft
Ash Canyon Ck Nr Carson City
USGS 10311200
2 cfs 4.2 ft
Hunter C Nr Reno
USGS 10347600
5 cfs 7.2 ft
Eagle Rock Ck Nr Stateline
USGS 103367592
1 cfs 5.3 ft
Daggett Creek Near Genoa
USGS 10310400
2 cfs 0.8 ft
Pilot C Ab Stumpy Meadows Res Ca
USGS 11431800
3 cfs 4.1 ft
Third Ck Nr Crystal Bay
USGS 10336698
4 cfs 1.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Heavenly Valley
SNOTEL 518
24" -1"
alpha
SNOTEL ALPHA_MADIS
162.28" 0.19"
alpine meadows-base
SNOTEL AMBC1
47.65" 0.47"
Independence Creek
SNOTEL 540
1" 0"
Mt Rose Ski Area
SNOTEL 652
48" -2"
soda springs 1.5 ssw, ca
SNOTEL CA-PC-1
23.72" -2.83"
Echo Peak
SNOTEL 463
35" -2"
Horse Meadow
SNOTEL 1050
23" -2"
Burnside Lake
SNOTEL 1051
22" 1"
Forestdale Creek
SNOTEL 1049
44" -2"
bloods creek
SNOTEL BLCC1
31.84" -0.65"
Big Meadow
SNOTEL 340
22" -1"
black springs
SNOTEL BLSC1
41.03" 1.49"
Truckee #2
SNOTEL 834
5" -1"
Independence Lake
SNOTEL 541
60" -3"
Carson Pass
SNOTEL 1067
33" -4"
dagget pass
SNOTEL DAGN2
2.6" 1.13"
Rubicon #2
SNOTEL 724
25" -1"
Hagan'S Meadow
SNOTEL 508
5" -2"
Independence Camp
SNOTEL 539
5" -2"
Ward Creek #3
SNOTEL 848
37" -1"
Marlette Lake
SNOTEL 615
31" -1"
Blue Lakes
SNOTEL 356
35" -1"
blue canyon alert
SNOTEL BLUC1
0.28" 0"
Squaw Valley G.C.
SNOTEL 784
38" 0"
Ebbetts Pass
SNOTEL 462
41" -1"
Css Lab
SNOTEL 428
27" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Northshore 15 6,411 ft
French Meadows 75 5,330 ft
Pleasant Dispersed 10 6,413 ft
Donner Memorial State Park 54 5,951 ft
Lower Little Truckee 15 6,141 ft
Ahart 12 5,341 ft
Independence Lake 20 6,957 ft
Sterling Lake 8 7,023 ft
Goose Meadow 24 5,970 ft
Airport Flat 16 5,383 ft
Gerle Creek 50 5,272 ft
Wentworth Springs 8 6,153 ft
Sterling lake- dispersed None 7,036 ft
Hampshire Rocks 30 5,921 ft
Hell Hole 10 5,167 ft
Upper Little Truckee 26 6,187 ft
Lewis 40 5,280 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sierra at Tahoe 35" 44° 0"
Northstar 5" 55° 0"
Squaw Valley 38" 50° 0"
Granlibakken Ski Resort 37" 49° 0"
Tahoe Donner 27" 55° 0"
Alpine Meadows Ski Area 37" 49° 0"
Boreal Mountain Resort 27" 55° 0"
Donner Ski Ranch 27" 55° 0"
Sugar Bowl Resort 5" 55° 0"
Kirkwood 33" 50° 0.06"
Homewood Mountain Resort 37" 49° 0"
Soda Springs 27" 55° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Tahoe City to River Ranch 534.0cfs None Mi I
Royal Gorge (Soda Springs to Tadpole Creek) 654.0cfs 25.0 Mi V to V+
Generation and Giant Gaps (Tadpole to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road) 560.0cfs 26.8 Mi IV to IV+