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California whitewater, Feather River - North Fork

Plumas county, Caribou to East BrancHighway North Fork Feather section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     6 miles
  The nature scenery of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Chico, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of Feather River - North Fork in Plumas County is 6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,
     this area has a large number of paddling rivers. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. The beauty of the Northern Sierra Nevada is a great plus for this river. You might have to
settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. This is not the only paddling section in  
this river system, there are others too. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
Beaches are good; and Catfish Beach in close proximity to Feather River - North Fork is no exception, and if you're stopping by from Twain, you won't be the only one. So much fun stuff to do in the Northern Sierra Nevada, not sufficient time. A fine site in the vicinity of Feather River - North Fork is Crablouse Ravine, and wonderful hiking is available along the Yellow Creek Trail. This is such a great river. Everybody loves Plumas National Forest, and Smith Point is not far at all.

Feather River - North Fork, Caribou to East BrancHighway North Fork Feather road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Feather River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Feather River - North Fork:
Feather River - North Fork, Plumas County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Caribou to East BrancHighway North Fork Feather)
Feather River - North Fork, Plumas County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (Virgilia to Belden)
Feather River - North Fork, Plumas County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Rock Creek Dam to Rock Creek Powerhouse)
Feather River - North Fork, Plumas/ Butte County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.5 miles long (Cresta Dam to Poe Dam)
Feather River - Middle Fork, Plumas/ Butte County, 19 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Milsap Bridge to Lake Oroville)
Indian Creek Feather Tributary, Plumas County, 19 miles away
      Class V - 5.5 miles long (Close to Crescent Mills to Spanish Creek)
Feather River - North Fork, Butte County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (Poe Dam to Poe Powerhouse)
Feather River - South Fork, Plumas County, 21 miles away
      Class IV - 8.3 miles long (Little Grass Valley Reservoir to South Fork Diversion Dam)
Big Kimshew Creek, Butte County, 24 miles away
      Class V - -blank- miles long (to Confluence with West Fork of Feather)
Deer Creek, Tehama County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V - 43 miles long (Highway 32 to Route 99)
 Ski Areas Near Feather River - North Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 68 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 69 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 71 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 71 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 74 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 80 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 81 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 84 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
Granlibakken, California , 86 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 87 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Marinas Near Feather River - North Fork:
Lake Cove Resort and Marina, Canyon Dam , 7 miles away
Bucks Lake Marina, Quincy , 9 miles away
 Beaches Near Feather River - North Fork:
Catfish Beach, Plumas , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Feather River - North Fork:
BEST WESTERN Rose Quartz Inn, Chester , 14 miles away
Comfort Inn Paradise, Paradise , 33 miles away
Paradise Inn Motel, Paradise , 34 miles away
Gold Country Casino AND Hotel, Oroville , 36 miles away
Lodge At Feather Falls Casino, Oroville , 38 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Feather River - North Fork:
Queen Lily Campground, Plumas County, 2 miles away
North Fork Campground, Plumas County, 2 miles away
Gansner Bar Campground, Plumas County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Feather River - North Fork:
Yellow Creek Trail, Plumas , 12 miles away, 5.7 hiking miles, 1226 feet elevation difference
Carter Meadow Trail, Tehama , 18 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 1153 feet elevation difference
Claremont Trail, Plumas , 18 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 1051 feet elevation difference
Cleghorn Bar Trail, Plumas , 19 miles away,  6 hiking miles, 2074 feet elevation difference
Lassen Trail, Tehama , 19 miles away, 2.2 hiking miles, 224 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Feather River - North Fork:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 30 miles away
Plumas National Forest, California , 11 miles away
Lake Oroville State Park, California , 33 miles away
Plumas-Eureka State Park, California , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Feather River - North Fork:
Lake Alamore West Golf Course, Chester , 11 miles away
Lake Almanor Country Club, Westwood , 13 miles away
Bailey Creek Golf Course, Westwood , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Feather River - North Fork
Lake Almanor, Plumas , 11 miles away
Snake Lake, Plumas , 13 miles away
Bear Lake, Plumas , 14 miles away

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