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California whitewater, Bear River

Nevada Placer county, Highway 174 Bridge to Lake Combie section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-V     11 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This stretch of Bear River in Nevada / Placer County is 11 miles long and is a class II-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. The river winds
    through the Northern Sierra Nevada and you get great scenery. 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. Since you're on this site you are probably
into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The put-in location is a short drive from Truckee-Grass Valley, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The Highway 174 Bridge to Lake Combie stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. The nature scenery of California  
and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around Bear River; South Yuba Trail is a perfect local trail. Hidden Valley is a glorious place to spend some time at, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Green Valley Trail. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure.

Bear River, Highway 174 Bridge to Lake Combie road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Bear River.
 Whitewater Near Bear River:
Bear River, Nevada / Placer County, 4 miles away
      Class II-V - 11 miles long (Highway 174 Bridge to Lake Combie)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.8 miles long (Colfax-Iowa Hill Road to Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge to Ponderosa Way Bridge)
American River - Middle Fork, Placer / El Dorado County, 8 miles away
      Class I(II) - 7.1 miles long (former Greenwood Bridge to Mammoth Bar)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Confluence with Middle Fork to Folsom Lake)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sierra Outdoor Center, Placer County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Canyon Raft Rentals, Placer County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.2 miles long (Route 49 to Bridgeport)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Purdon's Crossing to Route 49)
 Ski Areas Near Bear River:
Soda Springs, California , 44 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 46 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 47 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 48 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 52 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 52 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 53 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Homewood, California , 57 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Granlibakken, California , 58 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 61 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Beaches Near Bear River:
Pine Island Beach, Nevada , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Bear River:
Sierra Sun Cloud Inn, Colfax , 3 miles away
Stagecoach Motel, Grass Valley , 8 miles away
Gold Miners Inn, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Grass Valley , 9 miles away
Best Western Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 9 miles away
Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, Grass Valley , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bear River:
Bear River Campground, Colfax, 0 miles away
Orchard Springs Resort, Colfax, 2 miles away
Long Ravine Campground, Placer County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Bear River:
South Yuba Trail, Nevada , 14 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 929 feet elevation difference
Green Valley Trail, Placer , 15 miles away, 2.8 hiking miles, 2371 feet elevation difference
Humbug Trail, Nevada , 15 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 1041 feet elevation difference
Euchre Bar Trail, Placer , 18 miles away, 3.3 hiking miles, 1947 feet elevation difference
American Eagle Trail, Placer , 20 miles away,  1.8 hiking miles, 190 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Bear River:
Empire Mine State Park, California , 8 miles away
Auburn State Park, California , 10 miles away
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, California , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bear River:
Darkhorse Golf Club, Auburn , 5 miles away
Lake Of The Pines, Auburn , 6 miles away
Winchester County Club, Meadow Vista , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Bear River
Lake Combie, Placer , 6 miles away
Lake Theodore, Placer , 6 miles away
Halsey Forebay, Placer , 7 miles away

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