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
N Yuba R Bl Goodyears Bar Ca
USGS 11413000
179 cfs 2.1 ft
Laguna C Nr Elk Grove Ca
USGS 11336585
1 cfs 2.2 ft
Deer C Nr Cameron Park Ca
USGS 11335655
8 cfs 3.6 ft
American R A Fair Oaks Ca
USGS 11446500
641 cfs 6.6 ft
Hutchinson C Bl Doolittle Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424550
5 cfs 0.0 ft
Unnamed Trib Bl Gavin Mandry Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424546
8 cfs 0.7 ft
Little Truckee R Bl Div Dam Nr Sierraville Ca
USGS 10341950
3 cfs 1.0 ft
Nf American R A North Fork Dam Ca
USGS 11427000
199 cfs 0.7 ft
Unnamed Trib Ab Gavin Mandry Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424548
0 cfs 0.7 ft
Dry C A Vernon St Bridge A Roseville Ca
USGS 11447293
159 cfs 10.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Independence Camp
SNOTEL 539
1" 1"
Independence Lake
SNOTEL 541
16" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Shirttail 30 3,943 ft
White Cloud 46 4,377 ft
Rucky A Chucky - Auburn State Rec Area 5 723 ft
Bear River County Park 23 1,749 ft
Dru Barner 47 3,237 ft
Mineral Bar - Auburn State Rec Area 18 1,167 ft
Giant Gap 35 3,686 ft
Skillman Horse Camp None 4,638 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Generation and Giant Gaps (Tadpole to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road) 199.0cfs 26.8 Mi IV to IV+
Tunnel Run (Ralston Powerhouse to Greenwood) 199.0cfs 16.5 Mi IV- to IV
Coloma to Greenwood - (C to G) 199.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III-
Yankee Jim Road to Ponderosa Way (Shirttail) 199.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III
Chili Bar 199.0cfs 8.0 Mi III to IV
Greenwood to Mammoth Bar 199.0cfs 7.0 Mi II to II+