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California whitewater, Yuba River - Middle Fork

Nevada / Yuba county, Route 49 to North Fork Yuba section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     4.5 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Truckee-Grass Valley, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come
    because it is a very popular destination. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Route 49 to North
Fork Yuba section is just one of many. The beautiful Northern Sierra Nevada scenery is an added bonus. This section of Yuba River - Middle Fork is 4.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V section. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this  
    general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. The natural beauty of Nevada/ Yuba County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to Malakoff
  Diggins State Park right next door to Yuba River - Middle Fork is a glorious thing to do, and you are next to Klensendorf Point while you're here. So much entertaining stuff to do here in the Northern Sierra Nevada, too tremendous to be true. If you fancy a little side tour, try Marys Ravine, and don't leave Yuba River - Middle Fork without first going for a hike along the South Yuba Trail.

Yuba River - Middle Fork, Route 49 to North Fork Yuba road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

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These outdoors activities are available near Yuba River - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Yuba River, Yuba/ NevadaCounty, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (North and Middle Fork confluence to Englebright Reservoir)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Nevada/ YubaCounty, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 49 to North Fork Yuba)
Yuba River - North Fork, YubaCounty, 2 miles away
      Class V - 2.3 miles long (Bullards Bar Dam to Middle Fork Yuba)
Yuba River - South Fork, NevadaCounty, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.2 miles long (Route 49 to Bridgeport)
Yuba River - South Fork, NevadaCounty, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Purdon's Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River - South Fork, NevadaCounty, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing)
Yuba River, Yuba/ NevadaCounty, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Englebright Dam to Highway 20)
Bear River, Nevada / PlacerCounty, 17 miles away
      Class II-V - 11 miles long (Highway 174 Bridge to Lake Combie)
Yuba River - North Fork, SierraCounty, 18 miles away
      Class IV - 8.5 miles long (Goodyears Bar Bridge to Highway 49 Bridge)
American River - North Fork, PlacerCounty, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.8 miles long (Colfax-Iowa Hill Road to Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 50 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 52 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 54 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 54 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 59 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 61 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 61 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 67 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 67 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 68 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Marinas Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Collins Lake Recreation Area, Oregon House , 11 miles away
Skippers Cove Marina, Smartsville , 13 miles away
 Beaches Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Pine Island Beach, Nevada , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Sierra Mountain Inn, Grass Valley , 9 miles away
Holiday Lodge Grass Valley, Grass Valley , 9 miles away
Nevada City Inn, Nevada City , 9 miles away
Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, Grass Valley , 9 miles away
BEST WESTERN Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Moonshine Campground, Camptonville, 2 miles away
Hornswaggle Group Campground, Yuba County, 2 miles away
Garden Point Campground, Yuba County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
South Yuba Trail, Nevada , 10 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 929 feet elevation difference
Humbug Trail, Nevada , 13 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 1041 feet elevation difference
Halls Ranch Trail, Sierra , 14 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 2105 feet elevation difference
Lafayette Ridge Trail, Sierra , 16 miles away, 4 hiking miles, 1583 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 61 miles away
Empire Mine State Park, California , 10 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 14 miles away
Plumas National Forest, California , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yuba River - Middle Fork:
Nevada County Country Club, Grass Valley , 9 miles away
Quail Valley Golf Course, Grass Valley , 10 miles away
Lake Wildwood Association Golf Course, Penn Valley , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Yuba River - Middle Fork
Lake Francis, Yuba , 7 miles away
Lake Vera, Nevada , 7 miles away
Lost Creek Reservoir, Butte , 11 miles away

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