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California whitewater, Feather River - North Fork

Plumas county, Virgilia to Belden section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-V     10 miles
  The wonderful California scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California are harder than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Chico, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are plenty of other stretches
    in this river system that can be paddled as well. The campgrounds here at Feather River - North Fork are pretty good. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places. When
you're paddling down a Northern Sierra Nevada river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your camping stuff. 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. The Virgilia to Belden section of Feather River - North Fork is 10 miles long and it is classified as a class III-V section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
The Yellow Creek Trail offers hiking at its best, and a glorious place to explore nearby is French Ravine. These mountains rock, just look at all the amusing stuff to do in the Northern Sierra Nevada. Going to Plumas National Forest near Feather River - North Fork is a splendid thing to do, and the great folks of Twain like to hang out nearby. This river is so great. The yearly precipitation here at Feather River - North Fork is about average.

Feather River - North Fork, Virgilia to Belden road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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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, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Caribou to East BrancHighway North Fork Feather)
Feather River - North Fork, Plumas County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (Virgilia to Belden)
Feather River - North Fork, Plumas County, 8 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, 17 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Milsap Bridge to Lake Oroville)
Indian Creek Feather Tributary, Plumas County, 18 miles away
      Class V - 5.5 miles long (Close to Crescent Mills to Spanish Creek)
Feather River - South Fork, Plumas County, 19 miles away
      Class IV - 8.3 miles long (Little Grass Valley Reservoir to South Fork Diversion Dam)
Feather River - North Fork, Butte County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (Poe Dam to Poe Powerhouse)
Feather River - Middle Fork, Plumas/ Butte County, 24 miles away
      Class V+ - 32.5 miles long (Nelson Point to Milsap Bridge)
Big Kimshew Creek, Butte County, 24 miles away
      Class V - -blank- miles long (to Confluence with West Fork of Feather)
 Ski Areas Near Feather River - North Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 66 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 67 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 69 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 69 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 72 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 78 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 79 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 83 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
Granlibakken, California , 84 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 85 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Marinas Near Feather River - North Fork:
Bucks Lake Marina, Quincy , 7 miles away
Lake Cove Resort and Marina, Canyon Dam , 9 miles away
 Beaches Near Feather River - North Fork:
Catfish Beach, Plumas , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Feather River - North Fork:
BEST WESTERN Rose Quartz Inn, Chester , 16 miles away
Comfort Inn Paradise, Paradise , 33 miles away
Paradise Inn Motel, Paradise , 35 miles away
Gold Country Casino AND Hotel, Oroville , 35 miles away
Lodge At Feather Falls Casino, Oroville , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Feather River - North Fork:
Pacific Crest Trail Trailcamp 1278.6, Belden, 3 miles away
Gansner Bar Campground, Plumas County, 3 miles away
North Fork Campground, Plumas County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Feather River - North Fork:
Yellow Creek Trail, Plumas , 14 miles away, 5.7 hiking miles, 1226 feet elevation difference
Claremont Trail, Plumas , 16 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 1051 feet elevation difference
Cleghorn Bar Trail, Plumas , 17 miles away,  6 hiking miles, 2074 feet elevation difference
Carter Meadow Trail, Tehama , 20 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 1153 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Feather River - North Fork:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 32 miles away
Plumas National Forest, California , 10 miles away
Lake Oroville State Park, California , 33 miles away
Plumas-Eureka State Park, California , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Feather River - North Fork:
Lake Alamore West Golf Course, Chester , 13 miles away
Lake Almanor Country Club, Westwood , 14 miles away
Bailey Creek Golf Course, Westwood , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Feather River - North Fork
Snake Lake, Plumas , 12 miles away
Lake Almanor, Plumas , 13 miles away
Bear Lake, Plumas , 15 miles away

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