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
Bear R Nr Wheatland Ca
USGS 11424000
66 cfs 0.5 ft
Morrison C Nr Sacramento Ca
USGS 11336580
11 cfs 2.3 ft
Sacramento R A Freeport Ca
USGS 11447650
241 cfs 104.1 ft
Laguna C Nr Elk Grove Ca
USGS 11336585
1 cfs 2.8 ft
Independence C Nr Truckee Ca
USGS 10343000
4 cfs 2.4 ft
American R A Fair Oaks Ca
USGS 11446500
3,000 cfs 8.1 ft
N Yuba R Bl Goodyears Bar Ca
USGS 11413000
295 cfs 2.6 ft
Unnamed Trib Ab Gavin Mandry Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424548
0 cfs 0.3 ft
Pilot C Bl Mutton Canyon Nr Georgetown Ca
USGS 11433040
2 cfs 3.0 ft
Yuba R Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11421000
620 cfs 61.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Bear River County Park 23 1,749 ft
Shirttail 30 3,943 ft
Giant Gap 35 3,686 ft
White Cloud 46 4,377 ft
Skillman Horse Camp None 4,638 ft
Dru Barner 47 3,237 ft
Mineral Bar - Auburn State Rec Area 18 1,167 ft
Rucky A Chucky - Auburn State Rec Area 5 723 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Chili Bar 1390.0cfs 8.0 Mi III to IV
Generation and Giant Gaps (Tadpole to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road) 1390.0cfs 26.8 Mi IV to IV+
Greenwood to Mammoth Bar 1390.0cfs 7.0 Mi II to II+
Coloma to Greenwood - (C to G) 1390.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III-
Tunnel Run (Ralston Powerhouse to Greenwood) 1390.0cfs 16.5 Mi IV- to IV
Yankee Jim Road to Ponderosa Way (Shirttail) 1390.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III