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California whitewater, Yuba River - North Fork

Sierra county, Goodyears Bar Bridge to Highway 49 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     8.5 miles
  The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so don't forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This stretch of Yuba River - North Fork in California is 8.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here.
    The wonderful California scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The put-in location is a short drive from Truckee-Grass Valley, as you can see on the
road map further down. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Sierra Nevada is a great experience. 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. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and  
near. The campgrounds here at Yuba River - North Fork are pretty good. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Yuba River - North Fork you can take a hike along the Lafayette Ridge Trail, and if you're here you will meet lots of people from close by Downieville. So many entertaining things in the Northern Sierra Nevada, just unbelievable. Yuba River - North Fork is in the vicinity of Malakoff Diggins State Park which is a scenic site. Have a splendid hiking adventure along the Halls Ranch Trail.

Yuba River - North Fork, Goodyears Bar Bridge to Highway 49 Bridge 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:
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 8.5 miles long (Goodyears Bar Bridge to Highway 49 Bridge)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 8 miles away
      Class II-V - 4 miles long (Downieville to Goodyears Bar Bridge)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Sierra/ Nevada/ Yuba County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 22 miles long (Plumago Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing)
Pauley Creek, Sierra County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Second Divide Turnout to Downieville)
Lavezzola Creek, Sierra County, 11 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 4 miles long (2nd Divide Bridge to Downieville)
Feather River - South Fork, Plumas County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 8.3 miles long (Little Grass Valley Reservoir to South Fork Diversion Dam)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Nevada/ Yuba County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 49 to North Fork Yuba)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Purdon's Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Washington to Edwards Crossing)
 Ski Areas Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 41 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 42 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 44 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 44 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 48 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 52 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 53 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 58 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 58 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
Homewood, California , 59 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Hotels Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City , 12 miles away
Nevada City Inn, Nevada City , 16 miles away
BEST WESTERN Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 17 miles away
Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, Grass Valley , 18 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites GOLD MINERS INN-GRASS VALLEY, Grass Valley , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Rocky Rest Campground, Sierra County, 2 miles away
Indian Valley, Camptonville, 2 miles away
Ramshorn, Downieville, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Halls Ranch Trail, Sierra , 1 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 2105 feet elevation difference
Lafayette Ridge Trail, Sierra , 7 miles away, 4 hiking miles, 1583 feet elevation difference
Humbug Trail, Nevada , 10 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 1041 feet elevation difference
South Yuba Trail, Nevada , 10 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 929 feet elevation difference
Second Divide Trail, Sierra , 13 miles away,  7.2 hiking miles, 1442 feet elevation difference
Bayes Cabin Road, Nevada , 13 miles away,  3.4 hiking miles, 1568 feet elevation difference
Third Divide Trail, Sierra , 13 miles away, 2.5 hiking miles, 2062 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 61 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 8 miles away
Empire Mine State Park, California , 18 miles away
Plumas-Eureka State Park, California , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Nevada County Country Club, Grass Valley , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Yuba River - North Fork
Lake Vera, Nevada , 13 miles away
Lost Creek Reservoir, Butte , 13 miles away
Herring Reservoir, Nevada , 16 miles away

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