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California whitewater, Yuba River - Middle Fork

Sierra Nevada Yuba county, Plumago Crossing to Route 49 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-V     22 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside California you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The nature scenery of California and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. If you're coming from Truckee-Grass Valley it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map
    further down the page so you wonít get lost. This section of Yuba River - Middle Fork in Sierra/ Nevada/ Yuba County is 22 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-V section. There arenít
any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Plumago Crossing to Route 49 section is just one of them. There's camping available near Yuba River - Middle Fork. A bit of exercise and just  
hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Sierra Nevada is a great experience. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too.

Briefly about the general area:
Holden Springs is a beautiful place to pop by while you're at Yuba River - Middle Fork. Going for a hike on the Humbug Trail is always a nice adventure. Don't leave Yuba River - Middle Fork without visiting Malakoff Diggins State Park; a short journey to Jackies Orchard Spring is always worthwhile. This river is a great place to visit.

Yuba River - Middle Fork, Plumago Crossing to Route 49 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 Yuba River - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 8.5 miles long (Goodyears Bar Bridge to Highway 49 Bridge)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Purdon's Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Sierra/ Nevada/ Yuba County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 22 miles long (Plumago Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Nevada/ Yuba County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 49 to North Fork Yuba)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Washington to Edwards Crossing)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 11 miles away
      Class II-V - 4 miles long (Downieville to Goodyears Bar Bridge)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.2 miles long (Route 49 to Bridgeport)
Yuba River, Yuba/ Nevada County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (North and Middle Fork confluence to Englebright Reservoir)
Yuba River - North Fork, Yuba County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 2.3 miles long (Bullards Bar Dam to Middle Fork Yuba)
 Ski Areas Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 39 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 41 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 43 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 43 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 48 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 50 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 51 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 57 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 57 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 57 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Hotels Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City , 7 miles away
Nevada City Inn, Nevada City , 10 miles away
BEST WESTERN Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 11 miles away
Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, Grass Valley , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites GOLD MINERS INN-GRASS VALLEY, Grass Valley , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Chute Hill Campground, Nevada County, 4 miles away
Malakoff Diggins Shp, Nevada City, 4 miles away
Shonter Hill Campground, Nevada County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Humbug Trail, Nevada , 4 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 1041 feet elevation difference
Lafayette Ridge Trail, Sierra , 4 miles away, 4 hiking miles, 1583 feet elevation difference
South Yuba Trail, Nevada , 5 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 929 feet elevation difference
Halls Ranch Trail, Sierra , 7 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 2105 feet elevation difference
Bayes Cabin Road, Nevada , 12 miles away,  3.4 hiking miles, 1568 feet elevation difference
Bedbug Smith Trail, Sierra , 14 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1927 feet elevation difference
Second Divide Trail, Sierra , 16 miles away,  7.2 hiking miles, 1442 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 66 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 3 miles away
Empire Mine State Park, California , 13 miles away
Plumas-Eureka State Park, California , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Nevada County Country Club, Grass Valley , 12 miles away
Quail Valley Golf Course, Grass Valley , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Yuba River - Middle Fork
Lake Vera, Nevada , 8 miles away
Herring Reservoir, Nevada , 10 miles away
Lost Creek Reservoir, Butte , 16 miles away

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