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
Truckee R At Reno
USGS 10348000
317 cfs 4.2 ft
Galena C At Galena C State Park
USGS 10348850
8 cfs 11.0 ft
Trout C Nr Tahoe Valley Ca
USGS 10336780
26 cfs 5.5 ft
Logan House Ck Nr Glenbrook
USGS 10336740
0 cfs 4.1 ft
Upper Truckee R At Hwy 50 Above Meyers Ca
USGS 103366092
46 cfs 5.1 ft
Clear Creek Near Carson City
USGS 10310500
2 cfs 1.1 ft
Franktown C Nr Carson City
USGS 10348460
2 cfs 3.9 ft
Spanish C Ab Blackhawk C At Keddie Ca
USGS 11402000
29 cfs 1.1 ft
E F Carson R Bl Markleeville C Nr Markleevilleca
USGS 10308200
146 cfs 3.1 ft
Upper Truckee R At S Upper Truckee Rd Nr Meyers Ca
USGS 10336580
4 cfs 5.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
black springs
0.19" 0.04"
bloods creek
0.8" -0.37"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Independence Lake 20 6,957 ft
Wentworth Springs 8 6,153 ft
French Meadows 75 5,330 ft
Northshore 15 6,411 ft
Goose Meadow 24 5,970 ft
Ahart 12 5,341 ft
Upper Little Truckee 26 6,187 ft
Airport Flat 16 5,383 ft
Sterling Lake 8 7,023 ft
Pleasant Dispersed 10 6,413 ft
Donner Memorial State Park 54 5,951 ft
Lewis 40 5,280 ft
Lower Little Truckee 15 6,141 ft
Gerle Creek 50 5,272 ft
Hell Hole 10 5,167 ft
Sterling lake- dispersed None 7,036 ft
Hampshire Rocks 30 5,921 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Granlibakken Ski Resort 27" 67° 0"
Kirkwood 15" 66° 0"
Sugar Bowl Resort 4" 75° 0"
Alpine Meadows Ski Area 27" 67° 0"
Sierra at Tahoe 30" 66° 0"
Tahoe Donner 24" 70° 0"
Boreal Mountain Resort 24" 70° 0"
Squaw Valley 33" 67° 0"
Northstar 4" 75° 0"
Donner Ski Ranch 24" 70° 0"
Homewood Mountain Resort 27" 67° 0"
Soda Springs 24" 70° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Tahoe City to River Ranch 323.0cfs None Mi I
Generation and Giant Gaps (Tadpole to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road) 1390.0cfs 26.8 Mi IV to IV+
Royal Gorge (Soda Springs to Tadpole Creek) 817.0cfs 25.0 Mi V to V+