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California whitewater, Yuba River - South Fork

Nevada county, Route 49 to Bridgeport section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     7.2 miles
  The Route 49 to Bridgeport stretch of Yuba River - South Fork in California is 7.2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V section of whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California tend to be more challenging than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come.
    The put-in location is a short drive from Yuba City-Marysville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking,
either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The beautiful scenery of Nevada County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. When you're paddling down a Northern Sierra Nevada river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. 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. The Route 49 to Bridgeport stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
Starvation Bar is close to Yuba River - South Fork and is a good place; on a fine day you can take a hike along the Humbug Trail. Whohoo, so much fun stuff in one place! The Northern Sierra Nevada rocks! A wonderful beach close to Yuba River - South Fork is Pine Island Beach; while you're here you can take a hike along the South Yuba Trail.

Yuba River - South Fork, Route 49 to Bridgeport 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, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.2 miles long (Route 49 to Bridgeport)
Yuba River, Yuba/ Nevada County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (North and Middle Fork confluence to Englebright Reservoir)
Yuba River - North Fork, Yuba County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 2.3 miles long (Bullards Bar Dam to Middle Fork Yuba)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Nevada/ Yuba County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 49 to North Fork Yuba)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Purdon's Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River, Yuba/ Nevada County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Englebright Dam to Highway 20)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing)
Bear River, Nevada / Placer County, 15 miles away
      Class II-V - 11 miles long (Highway 174 Bridge to Lake Combie)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.8 miles long (Colfax-Iowa Hill Road to Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge to Ponderosa Way Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 53 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 55 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 56 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 56 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 61 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 62 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 63 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 69 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 69 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 70 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Marinas Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Skippers Cove Marina, Smartsville , 9 miles away
Collins Lake Recreation Area, Oregon House , 10 miles away
 Beaches Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Pine Island Beach, Nevada , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, Grass Valley , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites GOLD MINERS INN-GRASS VALLEY, Grass Valley , 7 miles away
Stagecoach Motel, Grass Valley , 7 miles away
BEST WESTERN Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 8 miles away
Nevada City Inn, Nevada City , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Sunny Side, Dobbins, 4 miles away
Missouri Bar, Dobbins, 4 miles away
Lower Missouri Bar, Dobbins, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Yuba River - South Fork:
South Yuba Trail, Nevada , 12 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 929 feet elevation difference
Humbug Trail, Nevada , 15 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 1041 feet elevation difference
Halls Ranch Trail, Sierra , 19 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 2105 feet elevation difference
Lafayette Ridge Trail, Sierra , 19 miles away, 4 hiking miles, 1583 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 64 miles away
Empire Mine State Park, California , 8 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 17 miles away
Auburn State Park, California , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Lake Wildwood Association Golf Course, Penn Valley , 6 miles away
Quail Valley Golf Course, Grass Valley , 7 miles away
Nevada County Country Club, Grass Valley , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Yuba River - South Fork
Lake Francis, Yuba , 6 miles away
Lake Wildwood, Nevada , 6 miles away
Lake Vera, Nevada , 8 miles away

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