Yankee Jim Road To Ponderosa Way (Shirttail)


A good beginner to intermediate run.  If flows are higher this run becomes solid intermediate.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the American River, North Fork are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 5,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 11427000, the Nf American R A North Fork Dam Ca Remember only watercraft are permitted at Yankee Jim Road to Ponderosa Way (Shirttail).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
First Rapid
Class II to III
Rapid 2
Class II to II+
Rapid 3 1/2
Class II+ to III
Bend and Brake Rapids
Class III- to III

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Laguna C Nr Elk Grove Ca
USGS 11336585
1 cfs 2.8 ft
Dry C A Vernon St Bridge A Roseville Ca
USGS 11447293
159 cfs 10.3 ft
Yuba R Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11421000
698 cfs 61.5 ft
Bear R Nr Wheatland Ca
USGS 11424000
26 cfs 0.0 ft
Cosumnes R A Michigan Bar Ca
USGS 11335000
237 cfs 3.6 ft
Unnamed Trib Ab Gavin Mandry Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424548
0 cfs 0.7 ft
Pilot C Ab Stumpy Meadows Res Ca
USGS 11431800
3 cfs 4.1 ft
Nf American R A North Fork Dam Ca
USGS 11427000
718 cfs 1.3 ft
Independence C Nr Truckee Ca
USGS 10343000
4 cfs 2.3 ft
Little Truckee R Bl Div Dam Nr Sierraville Ca
USGS 10341950
3 cfs 1.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
soda springs 1.5 ssw, ca
SNOTEL CA-PC-1
29.26" -1.72"
Independence Camp
SNOTEL 539
12" -3"
Css Lab
SNOTEL 428
34" -2"
Independence Lake
SNOTEL 541
59" -1"
Independence Creek
SNOTEL 540
3" -3"
blue canyon alert
SNOTEL BLUC1
0.03" -2.8"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Shirttail 30 3,943 ft
Skillman Horse Camp None 4,638 ft
Bear River County Park 23 1,749 ft
Rucky A Chucky - Auburn State Rec Area 5 723 ft
Dru Barner 47 3,237 ft
White Cloud 46 4,377 ft
Giant Gap 35 3,686 ft
Mineral Bar - Auburn State Rec Area 18 1,167 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Yankee Jim Road to Ponderosa Way (Shirttail) 718.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III
Chili Bar 718.0cfs 8.0 Mi III to IV
Coloma to Greenwood - (C to G) 718.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III-
Greenwood to Mammoth Bar 718.0cfs 7.0 Mi II to II+
Tunnel Run (Ralston Powerhouse to Greenwood) 718.0cfs 16.5 Mi IV- to IV
Generation and Giant Gaps (Tadpole to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road) 718.0cfs 26.8 Mi IV to IV+