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California whitewater, Yuba River - South Fork

Nevada county, Purdon's Crossing to Route 49 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     4 miles
 
To get to the putin, take Tyler Foote Road east from 49, take a right on Murphy road, then another right at when you get to Purdon Road. After 1.5 miles on Purdon Road you get to the river, that's where you put in.

The natural beauty of Nevada County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. This section of Yuba River - South Fork in Nevada County is 4 miles long and has been determined
    by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V section. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Sierra
Nevada is a great experience. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. There are many good hotels to choose from, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The campgrounds here at Yuba River - South Fork  
are pretty good. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Purdon's Crossing to Route 49 section is just one of them. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. If you're coming from Truckee-Grass Valley it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike along the Humbug Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. Empire Mine State Park is worth a visit if you're at Yuba River - South Fork, and the friendly folks of Nevada City like to hang out close by.

Yuba River - South Fork, Purdon's 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 - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Purdon's Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.2 miles long (Route 49 to Bridgeport)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Nevada/ Yuba County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 49 to North Fork Yuba)
Yuba River, Yuba/ Nevada County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (North and Middle Fork confluence to Englebright Reservoir)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing)
Yuba River - North Fork, Yuba County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 2.3 miles long (Bullards Bar Dam to Middle Fork Yuba)
Bear River, Nevada / Placer County, 12 miles away
      Class II-V - 11 miles long (Highway 174 Bridge to Lake Combie)
Yuba River, Yuba/ Nevada County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Englebright Dam to Highway 20)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.8 miles long (Colfax-Iowa Hill Road to Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 18 miles away
      Class IV - 8.5 miles long (Goodyears Bar Bridge to Highway 49 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 47 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 49 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 51 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 51 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 56 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 57 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 58 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 64 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 64 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 65 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Marinas Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Skippers Cove Marina, Smartsville , 14 miles away
Collins Lake Recreation Area, Oregon House , 15 miles away
 Beaches Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Pine Island Beach, Nevada , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Nevada City Inn, Nevada City , 4 miles away
BEST WESTERN Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 5 miles away
Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, Grass Valley , 5 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites GOLD MINERS INN-GRASS VALLEY, Grass Valley , 5 miles away
Stagecoach Motel, Grass Valley , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Snow Mountain Camp LTD, Nevada City, 2 miles away
Cottonwood Creek - Tahoe National Forest, Nevada City, 4 miles away
Coyote Group - Tahoe National Forest, Nevada City, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Yuba River - South Fork:
South Yuba Trail, Nevada , 7 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 929 feet elevation difference
Humbug Trail, Nevada , 10 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 1041 feet elevation difference
Lafayette Ridge Trail, Sierra , 14 miles away, 4 hiking miles, 1583 feet elevation difference
Halls Ranch Trail, Sierra , 15 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 2105 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 66 miles away
Empire Mine State Park, California , 6 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 11 miles away
Auburn State Park, California , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Nevada County Country Club, Grass Valley , 5 miles away
Quail Valley Golf Course, Grass Valley , 7 miles away
Lake Wildwood Association Golf Course, Penn Valley , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Yuba River - South Fork
Lake Vera, Nevada , 3 miles away
Herring Reservoir, Nevada , 6 miles away
Lake Francis, Yuba , 10 miles away

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