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California whitewater, Feather River - Middle Fork

Plumas county, Sloat to Nelson Point section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     6.5 miles
  The nature scenery of Plumas County and the water flowing gracefully down Feather River - Middle Fork make the trip here worthwhile. The starting location is a short drive from Truckee-Grass Valley, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Since you're on this site you are probably
    into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Sloat to Nelson Point stretch is just one of many. Great
exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors 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 Sloat to Nelson Point stretch of Feather River - Middle Fork in California is 6.5 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Sierra Nevada is a great experience. This is a pretty decent length section,  
suitable for an afternoon trip. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like Plumas-Eureka State Park are perfect to have a look at; there is a splendid hiking trail close by called the Eureka Lake Trail. If you like the outdoors you'll like it here in the Northern Sierra Nevada. People from Blairsden-graeagle love to come to Feather River - Middle Fork; close by you hit upon the Finger Board Trail which is a wonderful hiking trail.

Feather River - Middle Fork, Sloat to Nelson Point 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 Feather River - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Feather River - Middle Fork:
Feather River - Middle Fork, Plumas County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Sloat to Nelson Point)
Feather River - Middle Fork, Plumas/ Butte County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 32.5 miles long (Nelson Point to Milsap Bridge)
Lavezzola Creek, Sierra County, 14 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 4 miles long (2nd Divide Bridge to Downieville)
Pauley Creek, Sierra County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Second Divide Turnout to Downieville)
Indian Creek Feather Tributary, Plumas County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 5.5 miles long (Close to Crescent Mills to Spanish Creek)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 16 miles away
      Class II-V - 4 miles long (Downieville to Goodyears Bar Bridge)
Feather River - South Fork, Plumas County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 8.3 miles long (Little Grass Valley Reservoir to South Fork Diversion Dam)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 18 miles away
      Class IV - 8.5 miles long (Goodyears Bar Bridge to Highway 49 Bridge)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (Wild Plum Campground to Downieville)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Sierra/ Nevada/ Yuba County, 22 miles away
      Class III-V - 22 miles long (Plumago Crossing to Route 49)
 Ski Areas Near Feather River - Middle Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 40 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 41 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 43 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 43 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 45 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
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 56 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
Granlibakken, California , 58 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 60 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Hotels Near Feather River - Middle Fork:
Chalet View Lodge, Graeagle , 9 miles away
Nakoma Golf Resort, Clio , 16 miles away
Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City , 27 miles away
Red Lion Inn & Suites Susanvil, Susanville , 31 miles away
Best Western Trailside Inn, Susanville , 31 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Feather River - Middle Fork:
Red Bridge, Quincy, 3 miles away
Harrison Flat, Quincy, 4 miles away
Buzzard's Glory RV Park, Blairsden-graeagle, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Feather River - Middle Fork:
Eureka Lake Trail, Plumas , 7 miles away, 1.4 hiking miles, 1203 feet elevation difference
Finger Board Trail, Plumas , 9 miles away,  6.4 hiking miles, 3226 feet elevation difference
Claremont Trail, Plumas , 12 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 1051 feet elevation difference
Pacific Crest Trail - section 15, overlapping , 13 miles away, 109.3 hiking miles, 6884 feet elevation difference
Third Divide Trail, Sierra , 13 miles away, 2.5 hiking miles, 2062 feet elevation difference
Butcher Ranch Trail, Sierra , 13 miles away, 3 hiking miles, 2125 feet elevation difference
Second Divide Trail, Sierra , 14 miles away,  7.2 hiking miles, 1442 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Feather River - Middle Fork:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 59 miles away
Plumas-Eureka State Park, California , 8 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 27 miles away
Plumas National Forest, California , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Feather River - Middle Fork:
The Golf Club at Whitehawk Ranch, Blairsden-Graeagle , 7 miles away
Plumas Pines Golf Resort, Blairsden-Graeagle , 9 miles away
Graeagle Meadows Golf Course, Blairsden-Graeagle , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Feather River - Middle Fork
Snake Lake, Plumas , 16 miles away
Young America Lake, Sierra , 17 miles away
Sand Pond, Sierra , 17 miles away

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