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 2.2 ft
Cosumnes R A Michigan Bar Ca
USGS 11335000
343 cfs 3.9 ft
Unnamed Trib Ab Gavin Mandry Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424548
0 cfs 1.0 ft
Sacramento R A Freeport Ca
USGS 11447650
11,400 cfs 103.1 ft
Deer C Nr Cameron Park Ca
USGS 11335655
8 cfs 3.6 ft
Bear R Nr Wheatland Ca
USGS 11424000
878 cfs 3.6 ft
Unnamed Trib Bl Gavin Mandry Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424546
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Pilot C Bl Mutton Canyon Nr Georgetown Ca
USGS 11433040
2 cfs 3.0 ft
Independence C Nr Truckee Ca
USGS 10343000
27 cfs 3.4 ft
Little Truckee R Bl Div Dam Nr Sierraville Ca
USGS 10341950
3 cfs 1.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Independence Camp
SNOTEL 539
53" 0"
blue canyon alert
SNOTEL BLUC1
47.43" 0.1"
blue canyon
SNOTEL BLU
47" 2.15"
soda springs 1.5 ssw, ca
SNOTEL CA-PC-1
64.84" -0.61"
Independence Lake
SNOTEL 541
88" -1"
Independence Creek
SNOTEL 540
31" 0"
Css Lab
SNOTEL 428
72" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Mineral Bar - Auburn State Rec Area 18 1,167 ft
Dru Barner 47 3,237 ft
Shirttail 30 3,943 ft
Rucky A Chucky - Auburn State Rec Area 5 723 ft
Giant Gap 35 3,686 ft
White Cloud 46 4,377 ft
Skillman Horse Camp None 4,638 ft
Bear River County Park 23 1,749 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Yankee Jim Road to Ponderosa Way (Shirttail) 699.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III
Greenwood to Mammoth Bar 699.0cfs 7.0 Mi II to II+
Coloma to Greenwood - (C to G) 699.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III-
Chili Bar 699.0cfs 8.0 Mi III to IV
Generation and Giant Gaps (Tadpole to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road) 699.0cfs 26.8 Mi IV to IV+
Tunnel Run (Ralston Powerhouse to Greenwood) 699.0cfs 16.5 Mi IV- to IV