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California whitewater, Yuba River - North Fork

Sierra county, Wild Plum Campground to Downieville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     13 miles
  The Wild Plum Campground to Downieville stretch of Yuba River - North Fork in California is 13 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Truckee-Grass Valley, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. If you're a camper you can camp at
    one of the great campgrounds nearby. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not
suitable for beginners. The Wild Plum Campground to Downieville stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. The wild scenery of the Northern Sierra Nevada  
is great. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. The scenic beauty of Sierra County and the water flowing gracefully down Yuba River - North Fork have people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
You might want to pay a visit to Negro Canyon while you're here at Yuba River - North Fork. There's glorious hiking along the Butcher Ranch Trail, and a spree to Plumas-Eureka State Park when you're here is never a bad idea. Coming to this river is always a good idea. The Second Divide Trail offers hiking at its best, and at Yuba River - North Fork you always meet someone from Alleghany.

Yuba River - North Fork, Wild Plum Campground to Downieville 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 - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Pauley Creek, Sierra County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Second Divide Turnout to Downieville)
Lavezzola Creek, Sierra County, 5 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 4 miles long (2nd Divide Bridge to Downieville)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (Wild Plum Campground to Downieville)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 7 miles away
      Class II-V - 4 miles long (Downieville to Goodyears Bar Bridge)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Sierra/ Nevada/ Yuba County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 22 miles long (Plumago Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 8.5 miles long (Goodyears Bar Bridge to Highway 49 Bridge)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Washington to Edwards Crossing)
Feather River - Middle Fork, Plumas County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Sloat to Nelson Point)
Feather River - Middle Fork, Plumas/ Butte County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 32.5 miles long (Nelson Point to Milsap Bridge)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada/ Placer County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 7.5 miles long (Cisco Grove to Spaulding Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 27 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 28 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 30 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 30 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 34 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 39 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 40 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 44 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
Granlibakken, California , 45 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 46 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Hotels Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Nakoma Golf Resort, Clio , 14 miles away
Chalet View Lodge, Graeagle , 14 miles away
Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City , 14 miles away
Nevada City Inn, Nevada City , 27 miles away
BEST WESTERN Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Union Flat Campground, Sierra County, 2 miles away
Middlewaters Campground, Sierra County, 3 miles away
Loganville Campground, Sierra County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Butcher Ranch Trail, Sierra , 3 miles away, 3 hiking miles, 2125 feet elevation difference
Second Divide Trail, Sierra , 4 miles away,  7.2 hiking miles, 1442 feet elevation difference
Third Divide Trail, Sierra , 4 miles away, 2.5 hiking miles, 2062 feet elevation difference
Pacific Crest Trail - section 15, overlapping , 6 miles away, 109.3 hiking miles, 6884 feet elevation difference
Deer Lake Trail, Sierra , 6 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 1145 feet elevation difference
Bedbug Smith Trail, Sierra , 6 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1927 feet elevation difference
Bayes Cabin Road, Nevada , 8 miles away,  3.4 hiking miles, 1568 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Plumas-Eureka State Park, California , 11 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 16 miles away
Tahoe National Forest, California , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Graeagle Meadows Golf Course, Blairsden-Graeagle , 13 miles away
Plumas Pines Golf Resort, Blairsden-Graeagle , 13 miles away
The Golf Club at Whitehawk Ranch, Blairsden-Graeagle , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Yuba River - North Fork
Young America Lake, Sierra , 5 miles away
Weaver Lake, Nevada , 7 miles away
Sand Pond, Sierra , 8 miles away

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